Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
What does it mean for God’s kingdom to come?
I believe the next verse points us to the answer. It’s for His will to be done.
What does it mean for His will to be done?
I think for this we need to go to the beginning. We need to look at how he created or intended everything to be the first time. Just think of the garden of Eden.
On earth as it is in Heaven
What is it like in heaven? I think we can look at the book of Revelation and the garden of Eden and get a glimpse. In the garden of Eden, there was nothing between God and the creation He loved. There was only a perfect relationship with God in a perfect world. God’s will was for an uninterrupted relationship. A relationship where the creation and the creator could walk in peace and harmony.
Your Kingdom come your will be done
The verse says to pray for God’s will to be done. This makes me think of obedience. The fact that it says your Kingdom come should give us the idea of how all creation should view God – only Kings have Kingdoms. So as a King God should be obeyed. His will should be done. It should be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of God is a who
Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Ephesians 1:10 “as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.”
The Kingdom of God has come in Christ. In Jesus, we see what a perfect relationship with God looks likes. Jesus would take the time to pray to God because it was essential to their relationship. In Jesus, we also see what perfect obedience looks like. Jesus glorified God through his obedience in everything and with everything. Jesus prayed before he was going to be crucified, your will be done not mine. This is what obedience looks like in God’s Kingdom.
Jesus came to bring peace, he came to bring life, he came to bring healing, he came to bring forgiveness, and he came to restore an uninterrupted relationship with God the Father. He came to bring the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God continued
Paull tells us in Romans 8:29-30 that this is just the beginning, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters...”
We are the image bearers of Christ and so we must continue to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. We must continue to share the Gospel the brings perfect relationship and perfect obedience. The kingdom of God is a who, it’s Jesus in you.