What do we do as we pray, “Thy kingdom come” and as we wait for that time when God’s Kingdom will be established?
[Darris McNeely] Christ told his followers to pray, “Thy kingdom come”, in what we know as the Lord’s prayer in Matthew chapter 6. We’ve been going through a series here on BT Daily about praying, “Thy kingdom come” and why exactly did Jesus tell his disciples, his followers, to pray, “Thy kingdom come”? What that means and how it helps us to focus above the problems of the world today and the agonies, and the suffering, and the corruption, and the deceit, onto the vision of a time when God’s law will go forth from Jerusalem and nations will no longer make war, or learn how to make war.
But what do we do as we pray, “Thy kingdom come” and as we wait for that time when God’s kingdom will be established? Well, we have to live by the laws of that kingdom today because there’s one little-understood truth that we learn from the scriptures about what will happen when Christ does return. Earlier I had quoted how in Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
American King James Version×, “The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord.” Now there’s one thing, Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth but he’s not going to use the same people who have corrupted the governments and the societies that he will replace. No. He’s going to use a different group.
There’s a wonderful scripture, one of my favorites in all the bible in Daniel 2:44 Daniel 2:44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
American King James Version×, in this great prophecy of the prophet Daniel, that speaks again to the time when God’s kingdom will be set up on this earth. And it says this, “In the days of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed and the kingdom shall not be left to other people.” Did you get that? That kingdom, the kingdom of God to be brought to this earth. The kingdom that we pray for, will not be left to other people. Christ is not going to use the people who have corrupted and created the problems that He will have to come and replace.
That means that He has been preparing and is preparing a group of people today, and actually from the very beginning, who will fit this category of those that He will give the kingdom to. Because they will have learned to live by God’s way of life, in this life, in the physical life today, having accepted the calling of God and devoted their lives to living by the righteous teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came and died for our sins.
That could be you. But you have to make that choice. You have to make that commitment and accept that calling, and be a part of that group of people that God has been preparing from the beginning and is preparing to this very day to whom he will give the kingdom at the time Christ returns. And it’s that group of people who are praying, perhaps most fervently of all, “Thy kingdom come.”
Will you choose to be a part of that group of people? Will you commit to those who are helping to spread that news and that understanding of that kingdom to come? It’s all up to you. But God’s Word is sure. That kingdom is coming, and there will be a group of people prepared to help Him in turning it around. Let’s all pray, “Thy kingdom come.”
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