Your Kingdom Come

THEY ARE THREE WORDS that have been etched into the prayers of the church for over two thousand years. They can easily roll off the tongue without contemplating the power behind them. They weren’t formed at a prayer retreat, taught at a prayer conference, or discovered in bible class. They were three words prayed by Jesus—"Your Kingdom Come." For Jesus to teach his disciples to pray this prayer in Matthew 6 is memorable. However, what is equally fascinating is that the church continued to pray this prayer; not as an act to respect history, but as a prayer that shaped their present and future.

“Your Kingdom Come” is a prayer that shouts from the hearts of humanity for God to sendforth deposits of heaven on earth. With God, it’s not just a matter of getting people into heaven, but it’s also about getting heaven into people. Little by little, God is bringing the future into the present.

These three words usher us into citizenship that is defined by Jesus and Jesus alone. It is especially true in an election season to pray this prayer, because it keeps us rooted in the kingdom of Jesus which transcends all borders, social status, and nationalities. This prayer reminds us that the future of the Kingdom of God never depends on the outcome of an election. The future of the Kingdom of God belongs to God. So we pray accordingly, "Your Kingdom Come."

— Josh Ross (Preaching Minister)

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