3. Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on earth as in Heaven – July 16

Day 1 – Think

Your kingdom come is offense not defense

It is a battle cry.  It is fighting talk.  Inviting heaven to earth.  It is letting go of trying to control the uncontrollable.  It means holding things less tightly.

‘Your kingdom come’ is revolution.

 

 

Every revolution has a basis – a catch cry

The American revolutions catch cry was Independence.

The Russian revolutions catch cry was Equality.

The French revolutions catch cry was – Liberté, égalité, fraternité  “liberty, equality, fraternity

The catch cry of the revolution of Jesus is Righteousness.

 

Jesus will reign over His kingdom of righteousness.  His kingdom overcomes all geographical and political boundaries.  Hearts, churches, countries, nations, the world.

Jesus demonstrated righteousness in his own life.

 

He procured righteousness in His suffering and death.

He provides righteousness in His resurrection and life.

 

Whose kingdom do you live for? God’s or your own.  ‘Your kingdom come’ is an act of submission.

 

God’s kingdom is wherever God is King – Brian Kenning

 

Your kingdom come – in my life, in my family, in my church, in the world

There are many end times theories and interpretations – Your kingdom come about covers them all!

 

The Lord’s prayer so far

Access.  Approaching God as Father.

Praise. Giving God the praise he deserves.

Submission.  Inviting God’s kingdom of righteousness.

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Day 2 – Meditate

Pray throughout today – ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’

What does God reveal to you through this prayer?

What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?

Day 3 – Scriptural context

Hebrews 12 (NLT)

God’s Discipline Proves His Love

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,

    and don’t give up when he corrects you.

6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves,

    and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

A Call to Listen to God

14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. 17 You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.

18 You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 19 For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20 They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.’

22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.

28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.

Day 4 – Sermon on the mount

The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount.   How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer?

Matthew 5:1-20 (NLT)

The Sermon on the Mount

5 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Teaching about Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Teaching about the Law

17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Day 5 – Application

When you pray “Your will be done”, you are asking that your life pass from your control to God’s control.  What are the signs that you are trying to control your own life?

Do any of these words apply to you? Irritable, pushy, anxious, fearful, hyperactive, withdrawn, driven, compulsive, critical, hypersensitive, perfectionistic, overbearing, worried.

Spend some time asking God to set you free from the need to always be in control.

 

There are more than 6 billion wills on earth and only 1 in heaven.

How are things done on earth?  How are they done in heaven?

 

Small acts make a big difference against evil.  What small acts could you do to bring heaven to earth?  Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.  Rom 12:21

We are not alone – God goes before us in our battles. This statement in the Lord’s prayer asks Him to do what we can not.

 

What would be the evidence of His Kingdom and Heaven on earth?  The poor are served. People treat each other as valuable and people are aware of their great value.  The supernatural? Our resources?  The environment?

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