Friday, November 22, 2013

Thinking about the Lord’s Prayer – Kingdom Come

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

If we have been in church for more than a few years, we know the Lord’s Prayer by heart and often recite it by rote.  Lately I’ve been thinking about the different parts in the prayer and today I wanted to share my thoughts on the part in the prayer where we say “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

I wonder if any of us ever really stop and think what it means for God’s will to done and his kingdom to come in our lives.   

I personally think God’s will is for us to come in agreement with him about our standing in his sight.    Over and over in the Bible, he says we are his beautiful children; truly blessed, deeply loved and highly favoured.  I honestly believe God loves each of us so much that he willingly stretched out his hands, allowed nails to be driven into his palms, and took our sins on his body because he would rather suffer a torturous death than for any one of us to spend another minute out of his presence. 

To me, living each day in God’s presence is bringing his kingdom to earth.   

What do you think?

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