Tuesday: Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Yesterday we considered that the special prayer that Jesus gave his disciples – The Lord’s Prayer – not only gives us the words to say when we pray but it also teaches us about prayer. We also learnt that the beginning and ending of the Lord’s prayer tells us lots about who God is: An all-powerful, holy God but also a ‘father’ ‘daddy, a parent who cares deeply for their children and wants whats best for them.
This means that when we pray we can know that God will listen to our prayers carefully and lovingly.
However, the Lord’s prayer continues. The next line says:
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
It talks about God as the King of a kingdom. It’s a kingdom that is here on earth but it is also somewhere else – heaven. A kingdom is where a king rules: where their rules are obeyed and followed. The Bible talks a lot about heaven and earth as different places. It also describes how the God’s Kingdom on earth has been damaged. People – all people across the world and through time – have stopped listening to God’s ways and do things their way. That is not how it is in heaven. This line of the prayer asks for God to enable His kingdom to come – God’s voice to be listened to on earth in the same way it is always listened to in heaven. That’s not just about keeping rules, but about experiencing the beauty and joy of heaven because God’s voice is heard instead of the brokenness that we often see in our world.
As we pray the Lord’s prayer today you might want to picture God as the king of a great kingdom, and you as a child of that kingdom – a prince or princess.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.