“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:9-10).
There it is. “Thy” not “my”.
It’s not about you, not about me. It’s not about the Little Church on the Prairie nor Lakewoodgrace. It’s not about the United States nor America. It’s all about God. It’s never been about you or me. It’s always been about God.
When we pray, “Thy,” we are re-orienting ourselves from an ego-centric way of living to get our bearings on God. When we remember who God is and who we are, we begin correctly seeing everything as belonging to God – our lives, this world, time, finances, everything.
The Kingdom Jesus ushers in is not a physical location but refers to a way of living, a new reality. The kingdom Jesus refers to is a kingdom where God’s will and purpose is being accomplished. It’s the place where God’s reign rules.
This is the kingdom where God’s rule, peace, joy, and purposes are being lived out. People are living with purpose and meaning. Lives are being changed and impacted. People who are far from God find their place in God. This is the kingdom of God.
This kingdom is realized when disciples “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
To pray God’s kingdom come means that we not only desire for God’s rule to be the reality but that we participate in the coming of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom comes through us. God’s kingdom is established wherever disciples follow and obey God’s will and purposes.
God’s kingdom is not wishful thinking or a worthy desire. God’s kingdom is the reality which we are invited to participate and establish by following and obeying God.
So, what does all this mean for us?
When we pray, “Thy kingdom come”, it means we recognize:
- “Thy” – living a life that reflects that everything belongs to God, that this life is not about us. “Thy” tells us it’s all about God
- “Kingdom” – this is the world God created. God has given to us everything to make our lives abundant. It’s in God’s kingdom where all our lives find meaning and purpose.
- “Come” – God establishes his kingdom through disciples who “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” God’s kingdom is established when disciples follow and obey God’s will.
Whenever we pray “Thy Kingdom Come” we get to participate in God establishing his rule and will in this world as we follow and obey God’s will.
What a prayer!