In Part 1 of Your Kingdome Come on Earth as It Is in Heaven, we noted that Jesus pointed out two key priorities in His model prayer. The first was Hallowed be Your Name. The second, which we will focus on this week is, ‘Your Kingdom come…’
We need to keep this focus on prayer: If it is in heaven, it is to be loosed on earth. We want to see heaven’s expression on earth. The Lordship of Jesus should be seen in all circumstances of life. Going back to what is called, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, and in praying for the Kingdom to come on earth, let us remember these points of prayer and supplication:
- The Kingdom of God has an effect on our spiritual and material needs. ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Is there any starving in heaven? Of course not.
- The Kingdom of God has an effect on our personal relationships. ‘And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.’ Is there any unforgiveness in heaven? Of course not. So this gives us the model for our relationships on earth. Eph 4:32 says, ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ, God forgave you.’ Col. 3:12 says, ‘Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’. This prayer gives us a practical way to pray for heaven’s reality here on earth.
- The Kingdom of God has an effect on our relationship to evil. ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us for the evil one.’ There is no temptation or sin in heaven. Quoting again from Bill Johnson’s book:
“This kind of praying is important because it requires us to face our need for grace. It helps us to align our hearts with heaven -one of absolute dependency on God. God’s Kingdom gives us the model for the issues of the heart. This prayer is actually a request for God not to promote us beyond what our character can handle. Sometimes our anointing and gifts are ready for an increase of responsibility, but our character isn’t. When promotions come too soon, the impact of our gift brings a notoriety that becomes the catalyst of our downfall’.
4. ’For yours is the Kingdom and power and the glory forever. Amen.’ Is there sickness and disease in heaven? No. The Kingdom of His is His possession, which is why He alone can give it to us with all its power and glory. Matt. 12:18, ‘But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.’ The Holy Spirit encompasses the Kingdom, The King’s dominion becomes evident through the work of the Holy Spirit. If we learn to work with the Holy Spirit, He will cause the reality of His world, His dominion, to invade the powers of darkness that have influenced a person or situation. He comes and establishes the Lordship of Christ.
So let us pray for a greater understanding, greater sensitivity,., and greater intimacy with the Holy Spirit. As stated at the beginning of Part 1, much is happening and stirring, so let us pray, “Lord, let your Kingdom come!”