Be Still Know
Matthew 6.10 NLT
‘May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.’
The Lord’s Prayer, in common with the whole of Jesus’ ministry, is focused on the Kingdom of God. So we need to have a very clear idea what this kingdom is. In essence, the Kingdom of God comes wherever God is recognised as King. When his rule is accepted, the results will be immediately seen because it will be marked by peace, love, joy, truth and justice.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we are saying that we have signed up to working for this amazing Kingdom and we want to bring it about here and now. We want the Kingdom to be established in our family, our community, our work-place and our church. In this
life, the Kingdom will always be under attack just as it was throughout Jesus’ ministry, but we need to keep our focus on the King as we seek to encourage every evidence of his Kingdom.
Some years ago, I was sent a wonderful press cutting which gave me an insight into what the Kingdom could look like. It was the report of the stone-laying of a church in Plymouth in 1905. It was a wet day but even so the event went ahead and the Mayor of the city kindly attended. He was clearly a Christian man and he declared that the more widely the good news of Jesus Christ was proclaimed the less would be the work of the police, the less would be the work of the magistrates and the less claim, he ventured to say, would be made on the poor relief of the town. Speaking generally he said “the proclamation of the Good News made municipal work more easy and the rates more light.” I love that! What he was saying was that the church’s business was to introduce the Kingdom of God and that would have an impact on the whole community. With less crime council tax would come down! Too often churches turn in on themselves and forget that God’s desire is that we should work for the coming of his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
QUESTION: In what way are you working to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth?
PRAYER: Lord God, thank you that you have invited us to work with you to bring your Kingdom to our world today. Amen
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