“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NASB
All too often as Christians we get frustrated with the ways of the world. We stand at a loss as to what we should do to counteract the rampantly increasing immorality in this world and the blatant disrespect of God. Everywhere we look we discover this world is slipping further away from our Lord’s glorious grace. In the same way we become frustrated with many of our church folk who seem to care less about the spiritual condition of the world and are often caught up in the world themselves.
In frustration we ask ourselves, “Where do we draw the line?” The answer to that question is simple. We draw the line on the altar of grace and put or knees on it, seeking God in prayer. He alone has the power to change the heart of the wicked and bring revival to the stagnant. Therefore, it is to Him that we call upon in prayer for the repentance of the sinner and revival of the saints.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gives us an example prayer. Not a prayer we should meaninglessly quote or chant, but an example of how we should pray and things we should pray for. In this prayer Jesus tells us to pray for God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. What is His will? His will is for God’s kingdom to come.
Many people misinterpret, “Your kingdom come,” as the second coming of Christ. Although the second coming of Christ is something all Christians should long for, that is not what Jesus was talking about.
When John the Baptist came as the forerunner of the Christ, announcing one was coming who was greater than he, John proclaimed, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:3). He was referring to Jesus. Jesus, who came to usher in the kingdom of heaven upon this earth. Jesus ushered it in through His death, burial, and resurrection, and those who have accepted His salvation are living within that spiritual kingdom.
We should pray daily that God’s kingdom would come, and that His will is done, on earth as it is in heaven, right now, today, at this very moment. As Christians we should pray daily for the kingdom of heaven to consume this dry and parched land. We should pray daily for the lost, calling them out by name that God would get a hold of their lives transforming them and make them citizens of His kingdom. Pray for your city, town, community, neighborhood, county, and state that God would stir revival in their midst. Although I have never been to Detroit, I pray that God would stir a major revival there and restore that city for His glory. Just think of what an amazing testimony it would be of the power and grace of God. Remember, there is NOTHING impossible for God!
We should also pray daily for our churches and our pastors. Whether they’re healthy or not they need our prayer. You might say, “My church is a dead,” or “My pastor is no good.” Isn’t that all the more reason to pray for them? Criticism won’t produce revival; however, committed Christians praying will. Paul requested prayer for himself as he proclaimed God’s Word. (Ephesians 6:19). Just think how mighty our missions, ministry, outreach, evangelism, worship, and preaching might be if we prayed-Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.