On Wednesday evenings we have been having a truly blessed time studying scripture together. Last night didn’t disappoint. We spent some time digging into the Lord’s Prayer and the petition “Thy Kingdom Come”.
What is it that you are saying? How does it apply to the context of the prayer? What is your motivation when you declare it?
When you come to Christ and you’re sick of yourself and sick of your sin and your selfish ways and you bow the knee to the lordship of Jesus Christ and receive from Him eternal salvation, from then on the objective is expressed in this praise and prayer, “Thy Kingdom come.” Confessing Jesus as Lord and King is to say, “Take over my life, fit me into Your purpose, put me somewhere in Your objectives and agenda and program.” When I say, “Thy Kingdom come,” I am affirming that I have relinquished the rule over my own life. And I allow You to do whatever it is that You want to do. It’s very like the next phrase, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Now this petition is based on one great assumption and that is that God is sovereign and Jesus is Lord and at salvation we are submitting to that glorious reality.
Now remember as you look back at the prayer, this is a pattern, a framework for praying. It gives us what it is that God expects to be the character of our prayers. It is a marvelously simple memorable little framework. And as I’ve been saying each week, you learn to pray your way through this framework. It’s sequential, it’s designed that way, and if you blend together the Luke passage with the Matthew passage, you get the full prayer in terms of our Lord’s instruction and we’re doing that, importing what we need to from Matthew to get the whole thing. It sets the record straight once and for all as to how we are to pray, how we are to access the throne of God for the glory of God. You remember our little verse, John 14:13, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” In the end, all our prayers are for the glory of the Father through the Son. And this prayer points that out. When you say “Father,” you acknowledge God as source. When you say “Hallowed be Thy name,” you acknowledge God as sacred. When you say “Thy Kingdom come,” you acknowledge God as sovereign. When you say “Thy will be done,” you acknowledge Him as superior. When you say “Give us this day our daily bread,” you acknowledge Him as supporter. When you say “Forgive us our sins,” you acknowledge Him as Savior. When you say “Lead us not into temptation,” you acknowledge Him as shelter. And when you say “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen,” you acknowledge Him as supreme. It really is praying to the end that God is glorified.