The Lord’s Prayer by Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13 Luke 11:1-4
Kingdom – area ruled by the King
Where Father God who is in Heaven, rules above anyone or anything else.
Where the glorious pure powerful love of God permeates everyone, everything.
Where nothing stands in the way of God.
“Here is another illustration Jesus used – Matthew 13:31-33
The Kingdom of God is limitless and nourishing. Life-giving.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'” – Matthew 4:16-17
“Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 14:17
Oh God! Please bring your Kingdom in me, my home, my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my city…
my church Ephesians 3:10-11
my city “seek the peace of the city…and pray to the Lord for it, for in its peace, you will have peace,” – Jeremiah 29:7
John Calvin believed there were two ways God’s kingdom comes – through the Spirit, who “corrects our desires” and through the Word of God, which “shapes our thoughts.”
Both: “Kingdom come here and now. Kingdom come soon (return of Jesus).”
Martin Luther adds, “The reign of God on earth is only partial now, but the fullness of the future kingdom is unimaginable. All suffering, injustice, poverty, and death will be ended. To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is to ‘yearn for that future life’ of justice and peace, and to ask that ‘your future kingdom may be the end and consummation of the kingdom you have begun in us.'”