And He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.” – Luke 11:2
Two primary things jump out of this verse. First of all, we ought to always prayerfully think on Christ’s literal return. The child of God will always have a resonating theme of, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” As we know Him more and walk with Him in this spiritual pilgrimage, something inside of us longs for His coming. We know that this world is not our home. We truly desire the wonder, the beauty, and the joy of when the Creator King returns and sets all things aright.
Secondly, as we pray we should remember our commitment to the local church, because the church is God’s primary means of His rule being known and seen in the earth. The glory of God is Jesus Christ. So, where is the Son most greatly manifested? He is most vividly seen in His work of building His church. The church is so much the expression of Christ and His work, power, and beauty, that He calls the church His very bride. So, as we pray for His kingdom to come, we are basically asking God to let us be a true, or biblically healthy, body of Christ because that is the place where His rule and His reign is powerfully seen on the earth.
Now, of course, He is seen in our individual lives. He is seen in our work life. Young people, He is seen in your school life. He is seen in all of those ways and many more. But, God has ordained that when a community of believers (local churches) is doing what God has called them to do by the power of the Spirit with true hearts and attitudes, then He is truly made manifest to the rest of the world. So the rule and the reign of God centers in His local church.
Let me remind you of Ephesians 3:21, which says, “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations and forever and ever. Amen.” God has greatly exalted the church, not because we are special, but because His work of making us what we are is special. The church glorifies Him.
I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion. And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord.” – Hosea 2:19-20 How is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
7 So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, none at all exalts Him. 8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim?...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. – II Timothy 4:2 I want to give you a foundational principle and an irreducible minimum. If this is neglected, everything...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for Your word. – Psalm 119:74 Do those who fear the Lord see you and, in watching you, are inspired to go on for God? Are they encouraged to be faithful to God? This is what the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Luke 10:21 – At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to babes. Yes,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
One of our beloved church members, Julie Thompson, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday afternoon. Below is one of her last Facebook entries. This epitomizes her rich faith and love for the truth. I believe in the doctrine of election,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Luke 10:27 – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Truth falls as worthless apart from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Luke 10:40 – But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” The old Puritans were...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. – John 6:48-50 Manna was a miraculous provision that God gave...[ abbreviated | read entire ]