6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This passage is the blueprint for a Kingdom builder. All we have studied together has led to this decree from Jesus Himself. Jesus is declaring His wish for those who will remain on this earth after He departs into Heaven. He first states the specifics of how we are to pray then addresses some specifics as to how to act within the House of God. Following this statement, Jesus enters a different paradigm that bears the “Eternal Weight of glory”… God’s Kingdom and Gods Will. Truth, Salvation, Godly living, the future and everything we have discussed together fall within these two realms of the very heartbeat of God. It is a beautiful honorable responsibility, first inward then becoming an outward expression.
The “Kingdom Come” concept is what must first grip our hearts and become the core of our very existence; for when the Kingdom of God becomes part of a person they are truly happy, successful, saved, victorious and without malice. Think of all the attributes we have discussed (Day 4) within the realms of “Kingdom Builder”: loving, joyful, peaceful kind, faithful, Heavenly minded, happy… we could go on. These are all signs of complete surrender, for when one completely surrenders to the Might and Deity of God the floodgate opens and these attributes become inevitable.
This is the very Kingdom of God becoming a part of who you are and you WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
You become marked and commissioned for the greatest calling on the face of the earth. You are part of the ONLY Eternal Salvation Plan that is the only Hope for humanity. You ARE different because the last thing this world needs are those unwilling to go against the tides that eventually wash them upon the shores of sin and death.
You are hope wherever you go and become a beacon of light to all those you meet. Please shine, they’re looking to you…this is “Kingdom Come”
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
The second part of the statement in verse 10 is what we are now going to take a deeper look at. This is the action or “hands and feet” of the Kingdom. How will they know unless they see/hear? “…In earth as it is in Heaven” That is why it is important to also seek God’s will in the things that we DO! What does the Kingdom LOOK like? How am I bringing a little bit of Heaven to this crazy world we find ourselves living in? The truth is, we are doing this more than we may realize. Every time you tell someone about your Grace Story or invite him or her to church, you are introducing a little bit of Heaven into their world. It is so incredible that with God’s help, we are able to do this!
We must desire God’s will above all. There are many other roads and “kingdoms” that will present themselves to you, but remember what we discussed on day one? “REMEMBER WHO’SE YOU ARE” Jesus Christ thought your role so important that He died so that you could live out your personal calling within His Kingdom. This is no time and the Commission warrants no place for lazy, half-hearted builders. No, you won’t always hit the mark. Yes, you will fall, but when you do, PLEASE GET BACK UP. You CAN. You were created for this.
Our prayer as a staff and student community is that each of make it to Heaven and take as many with us as we possibly can. This requires work, prayer, and concern for the fellow man or woman. The Kingdom is not a competition but a race we ALL must win… and with His help, we can.
We are the builders, the Glorious aftermath, His Kingdom. May we build a road together that paves the way to Golden Streets…. this is “Kingdom Come”
- What does “Kingdom Come” look like for you? (personal goals and literal application)
- After reading this 5-part series, what are some ways you are going to actively seek the will of God for your own life?
- What are some things you have learned the past 5 days from reading this series that you would like to study further?