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Thy Kingdom ComeJanuary 21, 2013
As I was looking over my sermon Sunday morning, I was drawn to the Lord’s Prayer and I had a revelation. Now this prayer may be what everyone is already doing or it may just be lip service. Either way it was more of an admonishment for me. This prayer flows off most people’s lips very easily. Yes there is always some confusion to words as each translation modifies it a little but for years we say Thy Kingdom come-Thy will be done and for most of us we try to build our kingdom and fulfil our desires according to our will. As I went over my sermon we were talking being totally submissive to God as some missionaries were. Many have given their lives so that the lost would be found. It is so easy to get focused on our own lives and forget that everything is about Jesus Christ and his plan for us. As a pastor it is easy to get in the way of God working out His plan. So as I pondered this prayer I had to ask myself; was I really that submissive to God? Am I prepared to get out of the way and let God build his kingdom? When you get this mentality, it changes how you pray. Your kingdom come thy will be done is the answer. Well DUH that is what Jesus said when he was asked how do we pray. Some one is sick- Thy Kingdom come Your will be done. If you are sick- Thy Kingdom come Your will be done. Looking for a job- Thy Kingdom come Your will be done. Praying for family- Thy Kingdom come Your will be done. Sound simplistic, it is. The catch is, to pray like this you have to be totally sold out to Jesus Christ as a wholehearted follower. So when you get this prayer, you then say no matter what happens to me, as the marriage vow goes in sickness and in health, rich or poor I will love You no matter what- Thy Kingdom come Your will be done. SO in the midst of the miraculous or in the onslaught of the evil one say with me “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.