'...your kingdom come...' Matthew 6:10 NIV
We all tend to want to have our own little kingdom, the 'kingdom of self'. In the kingdom of self you rule, and it's generally a total mess - because the wrong person's in charge! In the Kingdom of God, Jesus rules. His Word settles every issue. No, 'Yes, but...'. The fastest route to success in any job is to find out what the boss wants, and do it with excellence. Jesus said, '...first be concerned about his Kingdom' (Matthew 6:33 GWT).
Did you know that everything is 'upside down' in God's Kingdom? (1) The way up, is down. 'Humble yourselves...that he may lift you up in due time' (1 Peter 5:6 NIV). Note the words, 'due time.' Your blessing is already scheduled on God's calendar. Just keep your head down. (2) By forgiving others you free yourself. When you choose to forgive someone, all the energy you lost to self-pity and bitterness comes flooding back. Jesus made it clear on the cross that forgiveness is at the heart of his mission.
In the Kingdom of God we do things his way. Each time we take a step in Jesus' footsteps, God's will is done, and a little more of his Kingdom comes into our world.
So what now? Why bother praying, 'Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven'? Because when you do, you will see miracles happen on your watch. Heaven is something to look forward to, but God meant for his glory and goodness to be evident on earth too.
Soulfood: 2 Chr 22-24, Mark 7:1-13, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10