Come, Lord Jesus, come. Into my mind and heart now. Into our world in a greater way today. May your kingdom be established in us and through us. Thinking differently. Acting differently. May our hearts and minds be full of kingdom and gospel motivations…
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
Your kingdom come. These are powerful words to pray. As I reflect on my own heart, I realize that in order to pray, ‘Your kingdom come,’ my view of this life and this world must be radically different than it was before I knew Jesus.
When we pray, ‘Your kingdom come,’ we are praying to hasten the return of Jesus to this world to judge the living and the dead and usher us into eternity where Jesus reigns and where we will live with him forever.
Who wouldn’t want that?
People who are caught up in this world. People who are focused inward and not committed to the mission and gospel of Jesus. People who have unfinished plans and projects. People who are working toward human objectives and priorities.
Rare is the person who prays, ‘Lord Jesus, give me one more day so I can finish my work with my neighbour who is inches from the kingdom.’ That would be amazing, wouldn’t it?
So what stops us from praying this prayer wholeheartedly and being committed to the kingdom of God coming now? We do. Think differently. Act differently. In every interaction and relationship, make the kingdom and the gospel centre of your heart and motivation.
I’m stinging just a bit as I write it. Because the interaction I just had before I put pen to paper didn’t go like that. I wanted to move on to my own priorities. I thought out-of-sync with my mission and I accomplished what I was thinking in that moment. Shame on me.
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Into my mind and heart now. Into our world in a greater way today. May your kingdom be established in us and through us.