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LORD REIGN IN ME


 

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

but rescue us from the evil one.

For the kingdom

and the power

and the glory are yours forever.

Amen.

 

BIBLE READINGS


Psalm 119:5


O that my ways may be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!


Psalm 119:105


Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.


Psalm 143:10


Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Let your good spirit lead me

on a level path.


Matthew 6:33


But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


 

LORD REIGN IN ME


 

Jesus intended to put words in our mouth by giving us the Lord’s Prayer. Praying the Lord’s Prayer, out loud or meditatively in our hearts, is a way that Jesus gives us to “tune” our hearts to be in harmony more and more with who God really is and what our need really is.


The purpose of this look at the Lord’s Prayer this week is to let this prayer guide our conversations with God, which is what prayer is. Prayer is listening as much as it is saying words. And let these petitions of the Lord’s prayer sit a while in our minds and hearts so it can comfort us—challenge us—and change us!


When Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, teaches His disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come,” there is a lot of Old Testament background to this concept. The kingdom of God was something the Jews were expecting. During the time of Jesus, Jews even concluded their synagogue services with a prayer (the Kaddish) that is rather similar to this section of the Lord’s Prayer: “Exalted and hallowed be his great name in the world which he created according to his will. May he let his kingdom rule in your lifetime and in your days and in the lifetime of the whole house of Israel, speedily and soon. Praised be his great name from eternity to eternity. And to this say: Amen.”


The kingdom has already come with the coming of Jesus. He has already been given all authority in heaven and earth. When we pray, “Your kingdom come,” we are praying for the continued extension of God’s reign on earth. “We pray for God’s kingdom to advance in the world today. We ask that in every area of life, from business to government, from the arts to the military, from entertainment to education, in churches and in other institutions of society, God’s kingdom will grow like a seed buried in the ground.” (Leonard Vanderzee Zee, The Lord’s Prayer: Going Deeper) By the Spirit’s power, individuals and groups, living under God’s gentle reign, turn the world toward love and peace.


Here is something that we must also understand, that when we pray for God’s kingdom to come and for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, that this begins with each one of us. In praying the words “Your kingdom come”, says our Catechism, "means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you."


The Psalms we read above are examples of this longing. Let’s read those words again.


Psalm 119:5

O that my ways may be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!


Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.


Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Let your good spirit lead me

on a level path.


These all indicate a prayer that acknowledges God’s rule and reign and at the same time the surrender of oneself in obedience to the God who knows best and wants what is best for us and for our world.

 

PRAYER

Today in your prayers let us add praying that God's Kingdom will come. Here are some helps to incorporate in your prayers.


O God, May your kingdom come,


Your kingdom is the Shalom (peace, and wholeness) my heart longs for

I want to live for the coming of Shalom—your kingdom—as my greatest hope and desire (Matt 13:44-45)

I long for your kingdom to come—Come Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20)

May your kingdom come more and more in my heart and my desires and… you add to this to personalize it.

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