Thy Kingdom Come
Why does Jesus instruct us to decree His kingdom come at the very beginning of the Lord's Prayer? What does this mean?
I have read Matthew 6 too many times to count. I have pondered it and sought to pattern my prayer life after it. Somehow, I have always glazed over this part, Thy kingdom come.
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." ~Matthew 6:10
First, Jesus teaches us to give Him our praise. Hallowed be thy name. Then, even before we ask for our daily bread or for forgiveness of our sins, He tells us to decree His kingdom come. These words jumped off the page in my Bible a couple of weeks ago and I have pondered them deeply ever since. So began my journey to know more and dig deeper. Want to go with me? I don't have all the answers or pretend to have perfect Bible knowledge, but here is what I uncovered.
Jesus' message all throughout His ministry was thy kingdom come. His ministry was about healing the sick, casting out demons, and healing the hearts of the broken. It was simple. He had no church building. He had no elaborate staff. He used 12 broken men to go out and build His Kingdom. In His Kingdom, there is no sickness, no pain and no more tears. The curse is removed.
These hardships cannot exist in His presence!
Is this why He instructs us to pray, Thy kingdom come at the very beginning of our prayer? I think He wants us to experience His kingdom here on this earth. He wants us to be free of the curse until He comes to establish His kingdom that is finally free of the curse, once and for all.
Words are powerful. "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." Proverbs 18:21 God's Word is even more powerful. It is a sword. It cuts deep. It also has the power to heal, bring hope, and to build His kingdom in us.
Decreeing Thy kingdom come brings hope, healing and strength to our heart and soul.
The Blue Letter Bible says this, "But Jesus employed the phrase Kingdom of God or of heaven to indicate that perfect order of things which he was about to establish, in which all those of every nation who should believe in him were to be gathered together into one society, dedicated and intimately united to God, and made partakers of eternal salvation."
There is so much to be learned about HIs Kingdom. But Jesus kept things simple, short and uncomplicated. I think Revelations 22 describes His coming kingdom best...
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. " ~Revelations 22:1-5
Heavenly Father, Glory be Your name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Establish Your kingdom in our hearts, more and more each day. Break the curse daily as it seeks to rob, steal and destroy from us. Take us deeper into Your Word and bring healing and hope to our mind, body, and soul until You return and establish Your Kingdom forever more! In Jesus Name
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