Teach Us To Pray Part 4
Your Kingdom Come – Matthew 6:5-8
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Sept. 23rd, 2018
- So far in this series we have learned many things about prayer. Through prayer we connect to our Father who is God and through prayer we and the world around us are changed according to the will of God. We were taught that we are to seek a reward and audience with God speaking meaningful and heartfelt words.
- We were instructed to address God as “Our Father in heaven” coming to the God of the universe as one of His children. We were trained to pray that His name be recognized, honored and respected for who He is. Flowing from these things we are then to pray that “His Kingdom come.”
- Scripture has much to say about the kingdom of God and it is one of the main treads throughout the bible. Both John the Baptist and Jesus referred to the kingdom of God:
Matt 3:1-2 ESV
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
Mark 1:14-15 ESV
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
- What is the kingdom and why should we pray “Your Kingdom Come”?
- Kingdom – domain ruled by a king: Domain – the territory governed by a single ruler or government. In the kingdom of God, Jesus is the king. The kingdom is not a democracy where people are voted in and out, but it is an established authority by birthright. (“All authority has been given to me…”)
John 18:36-37 NIV
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
- When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying that people will come under the rule and reign of the king. Jesus is both the redeemer and the Lord. It is giving yourself to be ruled and to serve the king.
- The Kingdom of God is already here but not yet here (ill. child in the womb). This morning we are going to talk about 4 aspects of the Kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God is spiritual
John 3:3-5 ESV
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
- You enter the kingdom of God when the kingdom of God enters you. We are all born of water (naturally) and if we are to enter the kingdom we must be born (again) into it. It is a kingdom of the heart.
1 Cor 15:50-51 ESV
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
- The kingdom is one of the spirit one that you again are “born again” into.
Col 1:13-14 ESV
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- God through Christ delivered us from the domain of Darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Christ through his blood. He has redeemed us from our sins.
Phil 3:20-21 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
- When we pray, “your kingdom come,” we are praying that people will come into the kingdom.
The kingdom of God is personal
Luke 17:20-21 NIV
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
- Becoming a member of the kingdom has to be done individually. Each person has to choose to be a part by changing the allegiance of their heart. The kingdom is in each one of us as we declare our allegiance to the king and live as a member of the kingdom.
- When we pray, “your kingdom come,” we are praying for our heart and the hearts of others that we will live as people of the kingdom at all times everywhere.
The kingdom of God is international
Rom 9:17-18 ESV
For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
- God’s desire is that all people will know Him. We are called to bring the good news to all people.
Matt 28:19 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
Luke 13:28-29 ESV
And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
Rev 15:4 ESV
For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
- The kingdom of God is for all people. The kingdom has many subjects from all corners of the world. It is not just for us but for everyone. This should instruct us to communicate and embrace all nations and nationalities. In recognition we are called to community.
- When we pray, “your kingdom come,” we are praying that the message of the gospel will go out into all the world.
The kingdom of God is actual
- One day the kingdom will become an actual physical kingdom here on earth as well as heaven. The disciples thought that this was what Jesus came to do. Jesus told them that it will happen but not yet.
Luke 19:11 ESV
As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.
Acts 1:6-8 ESV
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- It will happen at the time that God has established, but until the time of His second coming we are to be His witness to the end of the earth.
- Here is the picture we see in Revelation
Rev 11:15-16 ESV
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Rev 12:10-12 ESV
10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!
- We look forward to this day with longing and anticipation as we live now as kingdom citizens.
- When we pray, “your kingdom come,” we are aligning ourselves with the will of God and have anticipation in our heart for what is to come.
- Remember what the is kingdom is, and that it is spiritual, personal, international and actual.It is already here but not here.
- When we pray, “your kingdom come,” it is a powerful and profound prayer that should align our heart and mind with the will of God. It will help us to know what we are working towards and will keep us focused on praying that it will happen in the lives of those we interact with.