His Kingdom Come – My Daily Bread!
Our reflection today is taken from the very words of Christ who gave us a model of how to pray to our Father in heaven regarding His Kingdom. His words are spoken in Matthew 6: 9-13, NIV which read:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Aside from being the prayer that many of us learned to recite when we were children, this is a beautiful and simple prayer which speaks to the duality of the provisions of the cross, both from a macro level and from a micro level.
On the macro level we are reminded of the sanctity of our Holy Father who gives us salvation through the blood of the Lamb and reconciliation; and who at the appointed time will usher in His kingdom here on earth in accordance with His will. A kingdom we are told that will last forever, to the glory of the Lord and in His power. How fortunate we are to be heirs of this Kingdom, so yes indeed, commit to pray for it without ceasing!
On the micro level we are reminded of the sustaining grace that our loving Father provides to His sheep in the form of our daily bread, both physical and spiritual, protection from Satan, (referred to here as the evil one), and the merciful covering of our sins while we still reside in our unredeemed flesh.
When we recite this prayer we acknowledge that all we have comes from Him and we pray in essence that the Kingdom be revealed in us daily through our walk with Christ! So “therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” (Hebrews 12: 28, NIV) This pray not only reminds us of our citizenship, but also challenges each and every Saints who profess Christ by asking: Will the kingdom come through you?
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