Your kingdom come, O God
The Lords Prayer would be better called ‘The Disciples Prayer’.
The Lord's prayer is structured in a way that a disciple would want, and is designed to help a disciple fulfil their mission and purpose.
It is a top-down prayer. Our focus begins on the Father in Heaven, and giving Him the praise He deserves.
Then the central call comes next:
‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven’
This is the prayer and passion of a disciple. To see the rule and reign of His Kingdom being deployed, and for His will to be done above all else.
And then, the disciple turns to his/her own needs - resources, a forgiving attitude, protection, deliverance.
All things which help us in our daily living, but also make us better able to play our part in seeing His Kingdom come. Father is wonderfully committed to seeing these things come to us. They are not less important to Him.
But the follower of Jesus Christ joyfully accepts this structure and order, putting praise of His Name and the establishing of His Lordship above all else. He is our focus.
As we celebrated yesterday testimonies and examples of seeing His Kingdom come through us and through His church, may we increasingly adopt this prayer as we go after His will for our town: to see many thousands come to Him.
All the world will one day be under His rule. But you and I have the privilege now of seeing His rule coming to our worlds. Not just through church leaders, but in the worlds of school teachers, nurses, business owners, restaurant workers, homemakers, students, Everyone. Everywhere!
We, His disciples, make this the centre of our adventure: ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done - on earth as it is in Heaven'.