More than a Ritual
Perhaps we’ve heard the Lord’s Prayer, a.k.a. the Disciples’ Prayer, so often that we assume we know its meaning. But what if some of the requests in it go a little deeper than we thought?
Here’s one: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
It’s easy to think about God’s kingdom coming one day, particularly in heaven. But that’s not what this verse is about. It’s about his kingdom coming on earth. Just as it is in heaven. And there’s no “one day in the future” implied.
What if this prayer is a battle cry rather than a one-day wish or a bland congregational recitation? What if Jesus meant for us to observe everything on earth that doesn’t look like heaven and then target it in our prayers? What if it’s a mission to replace the “unkingdom” with the kingdom now? What if it’s a call for divine intervention in all the injustices and evils of this world?
Pray with that intent . . . with that zeal . . . with that tenacious insistence that this must be done. Pray for the kingdom to flood this world with all of God’s goodness. Now.
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