“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” Luke 11:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus goes on to say that we should pray for God’s Kingdom to come. This is very similar to praising and worshipping God. However I feel that it is different enough to warrant a separate section. When we pray for the Kingdom of God to come we are basically praying for God’s rule and reign to be evident to the world around us. Here are a couple of quick things that this means.
One of the things it means to pray for God’s Kingdom to come is to pray that the lost are saved. One of the ways that the rule and reign of God is evident in the world is when souls are saved and lives are changed. In this time we are praying for the Gospel message to have a powerful impact in our world that will be evident when people believe the Gospel, trust Christ and begin to live for His glory. God is magnified and glorified when sinners become saints.
Praying for the Kingdom of God to come also means to pray for Jesus to return. Think about the end of Revelation where the Apostle John prays “…Amen! Come Lord Jesus.” There is not much that will make the rule and reign of God more evident than for the eastern sky to split, the trumpet of God to sound and Jesus to come back in power and great glory. The Bible says that when this happens every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).
The last thing it means for us to pray for the Kingdom of God to come ties in nicely with the next thing we see. Jesus teaches us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I would say that this would be praying for God’s will to be done in all things in all the world. However the main thing I want us to think about in regards to seeking God’s will to be done is in personal submission. Isn’t it just the slightest bit hypocritical for us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done if we aren’t willing to let God’s rule be evident in our own lives by doing His will ourselves?
One of the ways that God is glorified in our lives is through our surrender to His will. We want to surrender our hearts, our minds and our wills to God. We surrender our minds to God so that we can think the way He wants us to think. We surrender our hearts so that we can desire the things that God wants us to desire. And we surrender our wills so that we can do the things that God wants us to do.
When we pray for the rule and reign of God to be evident in our lives and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven we want to do His will in our lives on earth in the exact same way His will is done in heaven. Think about these things.
In heaven God’s will is done instantly, not later.
In heaven God’s will is done enthusiastically, not halfheartedly.
In heaven God’s will is done completely, not partially.
Surrendering to God is an act of worship that He is glorified through. It is telling God that He is worthy of our love, devotion and commitment. It is telling God that since He is high, holy and perfect we will surrender to His good and perfect will. It is telling God I trust that His love, His wisdom and His power to absolutely know what is best. These are all acts of worship and they all bring glory to God. Worship is more than words I say, it is a life that I live.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 (ESV)
A life that is surrendered to demonstrate His rule and do His will is a life of worship. This is a life that brings great glory to God.