“Your Kingdom Come”
The moonwalking bear is going down! We can gladly say that we are aware of the number 318! 318 is the number of times that the New Testament mentions the second coming. Indeed, the coming of the Lord is the most talked-about doctrine in the New Testament, and by God’s grace, we want That Day to influence this day. The question is how. How do we continue to grow in our awareness and remembrance of the second coming of our Lord. Might I suggest that one of those ways is to pray. Prayer is a means of grace to help us remember not only That Day but also it shapes us into a people who think clearly about how That Day must pour itself into our daily lives of this day. What should we pray? Great question! Might I further suggest that we pray with regularity the Lord’s Prayer. Consider how it goes:
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name.
YOUR KINGDOM COME.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
It is worthy of your time to think through the implications of praying, “Your kingdom come.” We know that, in Christ, the Kingdom has come. We know that through the hallowing of our Father’s name in our holiness, the “invisible kingdom” becomes “visible.” It is also true that one day the Lord will come back and bring the Kingdom in fullness (Rev 11:15). This will happen on That Day, so to that end, let’s pray consistently, “Our Father, your kingdom come!”