7 Days of Prayer, Day 3

"Thy kingdom come"
Jesus is speaking here of the kingdom of God.  That is a kingdom where  Jesus rules and reigns.  When Jesus cast out the demons and the Pharisees accused him of doing it by Beelzebub (prince of the demons), He replied that if the demons were cast out by the power of the Spirit then the kingdom of God had come.
But what did Jesus mean when He included this in the prayer?  That God would send warring angels to bring His kingdom to this earth?  I don't think so.  The Apostle Paul said that if we confess with our mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in our hearts that he rose from the dead, we will be saved.  He continued on to say that with the heart we believe unto righteousness - that is cleansing of our sins.  Then he says that with the mouth we confess unto salvation.  Entering into the kingdom of God is synonymous with salvation.  Confessing Jesus as Lord and ruler of your life and living your confession brings you into the kingdom.  So when we say "your kingdom come", we are saying, "Father help me to stay under the lordship of your son, Jesus Christ.
So today, when you pray "your kingdom come", take time to ask him to show you the areas of your life that are not under his lordship.  Pray that he will quicken your spirit to reveal those things so that you can change them.  Then sit quietly and listen for him to commune with you.

Father, I have confessed your son, Jesus, as lord of my life.  I know that sometimes I do not live as though he was my lord.  I've wandered and gone my own way at times.  But Father, I want to have your kingdom come in my life, so once again today I confess:  Jesus is my Lord.  As he calls me to live, so I will live.  I will do my best to determine His directions for me in my life and live accordingly.  Let your kingdom come here in my life today.  Thank you, Father, for hearing my prayer.

Scripture Reading
Daniel 7:13–14 (NKJV) 13“I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.14Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

Matthew 13:31–32 (NKJV) 31Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

1 Comment

Terry - January 25th, 2023 at 5:02am

The scripture reading from Matthew speaks of the kingdom of heaven being like a mustard seed. First, the kingdom of heaven is Matthew's way of referring to the kingdom of God. But the reading is on point. The kingdom of God in our lives is not something that just "explodes" into complete fullness. Instead, it grows as we change our lives and character to comport with kingdom life.