Your Kingdom Come

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:9,10

I think for many years I have not understood this simple statement. These three words alone are a powerful prayer.

Close your eyes and imagine with me a world where God’s kingdom reigned in the hearts and minds of every person on earth. It would be a world where the love of God is poured out into every soul. The power of God evident in the lives of all. Peace, love, contentment, and forgiveness in the hearts and of everyone. A good and blessed world.

This is what I picture when I pray this prayer.

Abba, Father, your kingdom come into the hearts of everyone on earth. Humble us all that at your name we would bow. Fill the world with your presence. Bring justice and mercy. Protect the innocent. Expose every lie. Til we all praise your name. Amen.

 

My Daily Bread

Over the last year I have focused much of my prayer life around the Lord’s prayer. An exercise I would encourage. There is a lot to learn from this simple prayer. The prayer can be found here.

The prayer contains a very simple statement about daily provision, “Give us today our daily bread.” This short simple request is all Jesus puts into the prayer for our physical needs.

It is not a request for riches, fine cloths, a nice home or any other grand dream. Merely, the food I need for today.

This stands in stark contrast to the material things for which I pray. All the things I worry about and my concerns for future security.

I am very guilty of James’s warning,

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  James 4:3

Can I be content with just my daily bread? What do I deserve?

If I am being honest, I deserve nothing from God. I am not good enough, worthy enough, or righteous enough.  No piety, sacrifice or payment will never get me into a position of having something due me.

I hope I can have the attitude of Paul and learn the same lesson he was being taught from God. “My grace is sufficient for you.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-10)

If all I have is my daily bread with the grace that comes from God, will I be content?

 

I’ve Come to Save Sinners

I have to come to peace with the fact that Jesus did not come to save me…

I mean as an older brother I have been in the house doing my duty all my life. And then when the prodigal son returns, what does my Father do? He throws a party!

Recently a comment from a reader mentioned 2 Samuel 19:6, “You love those who hate you and hate those who love you.”  The point was that it seems that God does not care for the faithful child as much as he does for the lost.

To be clear, this verse has nothing to do with God. It was Joab’s condemnation of King David. However, the sentiment is commonly felt toward God and seems to be born out in the parable of the Prodigal son and others parables like the the workmen’s wages and the lost sheep. Jesus himself seems to drive this point home in Mark 2:17 where Mark records Jesus saying…

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

What has God done for me lately?

I want the reader to understand this is about me. If you can relate to my own thoughts, and consequently my hard heart, I pray God will change your heart into a heart of clay as he is mine.

The very reason I created this blog is to document my transformation. I was/am the older brother. I was the Pharisees standing around condemning the crowds around Jesus. I even wondered how unfair it was for God to potentially save someone who lived a horrid life purely on a death bed confession. Not fair says I.

But I changed. Rather, God changed me. I read the whole parable. (Ok, there was a lot more to it than that but this started things rolling.) The end part and a light bulb went off.

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:31-32

You are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

I had forgot, like the older brother, I have been enjoying the Father’s blessings all my life. All of them. In fact, everything the Father has is mine to enjoy now. Let that sink in. Can it be possible Christians today have everything the Father has to offer now? YES! That’s the point. (I just did not appreciate the blessings.)

At the core is a heart issue. The older brother was very self-centered (selfish). He did not see the value in people that the Father sees. I would wager the Older brother did not even see his own sin or value. He had no care or love for his own brother. That was me. I had to understand God came to save me, a sinner.

Instead of being jealous for the good God does to the sinner, I began to wonder at the patience and mercy of God as he is trying to bring all peoples to the knowledge of Him. To show all people his Love. The Lord’s patience means salvation. (2 Peter 3:15)

I could go on. I know this oversimplifies a lot. Christians do suffer. There is trouble in the walk. Trials and hardship await all who take up the cross. However, we are in Christ and everything the Father has is ours. We just need to ask.

To not be discouraged. Take heart. The Kingdom is near. God bless.

The Lord’s Prayer (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

Matthew 6:9-13

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Lord’s Prayer (NLT)

Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.

May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13

New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

The Lord’s Prayer (MSG)

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.

Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Matthew 6:9-13

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

The Lord’s Prayer (NASB)

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

‘Give us this day our daily bread.

‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

Matthew 6:9-13

New American Standard Bible (NASB)Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation