The phrase, “your kingdom,” is parallel in meaning to the phrase, “your will.” Hence, “the kingdom of God” is the same as “the will of God.” The will of God is the kingdom of God. When the kingdom of God shall come, the will of God shall be done. Thus, Jesus teaches us to pray for the kingdom of God to come, which is the will of God to be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.
Jesus said that the will of God is done in heaven. What is done in heaven? Total obedience to God’s will. What is now happening on earth? Total disobedience of God’s will. This means that God’s will is not done on earth today.
In Acts 16:16-34, Luke tells about a slave girl who was a fortune-teller. She brought much money to her owners. She followed Paul and Silas and Luke, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God. “She kept doing it for many days.” But Paul turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”
“And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. . .
“The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.”
God’s will is not yet done, because there is still the present evil order on earth. Satan still controls this world system. People still oppose God and His people. After all the miracles before their eyes, people still prefer the love of money and the love of religion.
But when the kingdom of God shall come, when the will of God shall be done, people will obey God and honor God. God’s kingdom has not yet come, because there is still sickness, death, poverty, and pain. But when the kingdom of God shall come, there will be no more sickness, no more death, no more poverty, and no more pain. This will of God is not yet done on this earth today.
It does not mean that the will of Satan now rules the earth. Remember Job? Satan rules this earth only by the permission of God. But the will of God, in the sense of the rule of God over all the earth, as it is in heaven, is not yet. That’s why Jesus teaches us to pray for it. Only when God’s kingdom shall come shall God’s will be done.
Are you praying for the kingdom of God to come? Are you praying for the will of God to be done?
Brethren, prayer is first of all, seeking after the glory of God. Prayer is desiring the kingdom of God to come and the will of God to be done, on earth, as it is in heaven!