Jesus instructed us to pray to the Father by first declaring and petitioning, “Thy kingdom come…” (Luke 11:2-4)
This is a term that has, unfortunately, become very religious in rhetoric. We impiously blab it and “pray it” with much familiarity. In many people’s mind, it’s become a prayer that’s recited with no passion and very little understanding. If we really knew the power behind it, our lives would be totally different.
Praying for God’s kingdom to come over our lives is a very dangerous prayer to pray. What we’re really asking is for God’s laws, policies, ordinances, decrees, rules, system, regulations and structure to rule and govern over our lives. We are asking for God’s complete government to run our private lives, our jobs, our business and our family.
By praying that prayer, we are literally giving up any claim to our own personal and private “freedom.” By praying that prayer, we are now inviting God to interfere with every decision we make. By praying that prayer, we are surrendering, to God, every area of our lives that we deem to be “private.”
God’s kingdom is a totalitarian, authoritarian and one-party government that doesn’t oppress people rather sets us free from ourselves! It’s not democratic by any means. It’s never been “for the people and by the people.” After all, He’s the author of life and the creator of the universe. I think He knows what He’s doing as well as what’s best for our lives.
My question for you today is this… When you pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” are you really saying “My kingdom come…?” Think about it…