The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Some words are lost in translation (or tortured by translation). In our culture, “kingdom” is probably one of those words. Our forefathers on this continent proudly founded a nation as we separated from a country led by a king. Consequently, king and kingdom language falls harshly on American ears. But in nations where monarchs are viewed as benevolent and caring toward their subjects, kings and kingdoms are welcomed. In the same manner, we can reclaim the concept of God’s kingdom in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.
When we get back to our biblical roots and view God as the Almighty Creator, it is a natural progression to honor God as the supreme authority (King). And what does God rule over? A kingdom.
The prophets tell of a peaceful kingdom. Apocalyptic writers (like John in Revelation) give us a glimpse of Christ’s kingly victory over death and evil. And we are invited to live now and forever under God’s promised rule in the kingdom of God.
As saved subjects of the God who loves us so, it may sound right to pray … “thy kingdom come.”
God, let me gladly accept my place under Your rule. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.