Thy Kingdom Come


6L4A9749 copyToday’s Guest Blogger is Brian Hellard. Brian is with the CCSM for one year preparing in the area of Pastor Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, and Church Planting. He is married and has a son and a daughter 

“Thy Kingdom come”, a phrase held in the Lord’s Prayer is often recited by sports teams in pregame locker rooms and many followers of the Christian faith as a mere mantra or chant to fulfill the duty of prayer.  Have we, as believers, ever stopped to think about the impact of those words?  What does that phrase actually mean?  What if God answered that prayer?  Do we understand what we are truly asking for when we ask, “Thy Kingdom come?”

In recent months, many Evangelical pastors have been calling for extraordinary prayer and are petitioning for just that. Pastor of Cross Church and current Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Ronnie Floyd appeared on Fox News’ “The Real Story” and told Host Gretchen Carlson, “The greatest need in America today is a spiritual awakening.” In his closing remarks, Floyd called on the people of faith to “be in fervent prayer that America returns to God and places their hope in Him alone.” (Baptist Press)

 In Luke 11, Jesus makes a similar challenge when his disciples ask him to teach them to pray.  These words hold astounding biblical truths that if believed and acted upon by a unified body of believers would usher in the next Great Awakening.  Jesus found himself in a certain place praying when his disciples approached him and asked, “ “Lord, teach us to pray…” In verse 2, the Lord responded to them saying, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Thy Kingdom come.” [1]  This opening recognizes who is in charge and challenges all believers to deny ones own selfish tendencies and place the advancement of the Kingdom first.  “Not I, but Christ.” (Floyd)

Jesus begins the prayer by calling out to the Father.  He doesn’t say King, Ruler, Almighty, Sovereign, Authority, or Supreme Being.  No, Jesus calls out “Father!”  This means He addresses God as one in relation with a child, one that leads, and/or originates.  By addressing God as Father, Jesus is making the bold claim that God was the originator of all of creation, His kinship with the Father, and alludes to our adoption into the kingdom by our relationship with the Son.  Whose Kingdom is going to come?  The Fathers’ Kingdom is going to come.  Jesus, in the presence of the disciples, made it abundantly clear that God, as Father, is to be set apart.  “Hallowed be your name.” The term hallowed means to be set apart and to be made holy. God is to be set apart and made holy.  The Father, God, must be respected and honored.

The next sentence invokes one of the most powerful game changing statements in all of scripture.  Jesus declares the whole purpose of existence and what should be the focus of every believer’s mindset. “Thy Kingdom come.” This phrase places in perspective the authority of the Father and reminds us that God’s will and rule will reign forever.  God is creator of everything and thus his sovereign will must be the ultimate authority in which we operate from.  In a nation inundated with secular humanism, we have moved further and further away from God being the ultimate litmus test for morality.  Jude 1 states, “They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.[2] We as a nation have embodied a mentality of “my will be done” instead of “Thy will be done”.  This rebellion has led to massive destruction, hurt, pain, and a false since of immortality.   As the scripture says, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. [3]

What would that look like?  To answer this, we turn to the Jesus open proclamation of why he came.  It is recorded in Luke 4,  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [4] There is no poverty in heaven, no captives, no blindness, no oppression.  “Thy Kingdom come” is a call for the church to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and bring a glimpse of what Heaven is like in a dark and fallen world.  It is time for the church to wake up and be the light in our cities that cannot be hidden.  It is time to help people reverse the curse in peoples’ lives.  Remember God’s world, God’s rules.

When I was a coach, the greatest success I experienced was the development of strong leaders in my players.  Entering in my third year of coaching, I was able to turn the first 12 minutes of practice over to my team captains.  They had spent the last three years with me learning the system and the heart behind my coaching decisions.  These two men knew how to translate my expectations as a coach to the rest of the team.  When we pray “Thy Kingdom come” we are submitting to God’s practice plan rather than doing things our own way.  So, the question is, are we going to step up as captains and lead?

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Lk 11:1–2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jud 18–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 6:10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Lk 4:18–19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.



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