Prayer is Desiring the Kingdom of God

imagesSecond, prayer is desiring the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). The verbs, “come” and “be done,” are third person. We can translate it, “Let your kingdom come, your will be done.” Jesus tells us to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. It means that God’s kingdom is eschatological—in the end time. It is not yet. The kingdom of God is the rule of God at the end of history. The kingdom of God is the rule of Christ on this earth. The kingdom of God is the Davidic, millennial rule of Christ.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is at hand. He said that the kingdom of God is upon you. Then Jesus healed the sick. He gave sight to the blind. He cast out demons. He made the lame walk again (Matt. 4:17, 23-24). With the miracles, Jesus gave us a taste of the kingdom, but not the fullness of the kingdom. The fullness of the kingdom shall come when Jesus comes again.

The kingdom of God is here “now.” But the physical kingdom, the kingdom of Christ on the throne of David, is “not yet.” King Jesus has not yet come to rule the earth. Thus, Jesus teaches us to pray for the kingdom to come “now,” though it is “not yet.”

Prayer is desiring the future kingdom to come in the present.

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