“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
“Come, Lord Jesus!”is the Bible’s last prayer (Revelation 22:21). It echoes the second request in Jesus’ model prayer: “Your kingdom come . . . will be done, on earth as it is . . .” (Matthew 6:10). Both reveal a longing for God to make things right. They express a desire for His universal, righteous reign, for the eternal fulfillment of His dominion and will. Seeing the mess we have created, our hearts cry out for our Heavenly Father to be in charge: globally and personally.
Jesus Prepares Our Hearts to Pray:(Matthew 6:1-8)
>Don’t pray to be praised by others or with meaningless words
>Know that our Father knows our needs, and He cares (Psalm 103:13, 14)
Jesus Leads Us First to Our Heavenly Father:
>THE Father; OUR Father: Personal, Provider, Protective of Family (Luke 11:33)
>The ONE in Heaven: Exalted Father of Jesus! (John 14:1-6; 17:1-3; Revelation 3-5)
Our First Request: God, We Want You to be Reverenced
>This plea is a passion, a first priority (cf. Matthew 6:33; 2 Pet. 3:18)
“Father, I want You to get the rightful respect that’s Yours.”
Hallow: reverence, treated as holy; not used in vain (Exodus 20) “OMG”?
·Hallow Him with our hearts: “sanctify Jesus as Lord” 1 Peter 3:15
·Reverence with hands, words, thoughts, time, money. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17
Your Kingdom: Come Now! His royal, righteous universal reign (βασιλεια)
·Huge theme, hope of Scripture. David’s Son on the throne!
·God promised a Kingdom. This sustained His people. (Isaiah 52:7; Luke 2:52)
·“A prayer not mentioning the kingdom is no prayer.” (the Kaddish in the Talmud)
·Magi sought, Simeon thrilled by, Jewish leaders threatened by so killed Jesus
·Jesus commanded Disciples to seek first (Matthew 6:33; Acts 1:1-8; Revelation 22:20, 21)
>Currently in Christ—it has come! (inaugurated eschatology)
Mustard seed, growing into a huge tree. (Matthew 13)
Not of this world. A spiritual kingdom, in us. (John 18:36; Luke 17:20)
>Consummated Ultimately Through Christ on Earth
And in the new heavens and earth: Revelation 11:17;20-22; Matthew 19:23, 28
>Corporately in the Church: He rules as head over His body: Philippians 2:9-14; Ephesians 5; Colossians 1:13-20
>Citizens of the Kingdom who bend their knee: me, you? (Romans 12:1, 2; 14:8, 9)
Your Sovereign Will: Let It Be Done!It is and should be.
>“As in heaven” (ως εν ουρανω): His full will is followed freely there. It’s heavenly!
>“Also upon earth” (και επι γης): His will is resisted, ignored, feebly fought here.
·Spiritually: Satan, the world, our flesh resist His will. (Genesis 3; Revelation 19)
·Yet, globally, every knee will bow. (Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 45:23; 52:7; Revelation 20:4)
·We are to be good kingdom subjects. John Stott: discern, desire and do God’s will.