A proper approach reveals the eternal Kingdom God has etched in our hearts.
Have you ever seen the movie the Matrix?
Neo is the hero, able to perceive the reality of two worlds, an (unseen by many) physical
In the Matrix, Neo realizes that the world unseen by many is more real than the world he came from. He learns to operate in both worlds and sees the power of the Matrix impact his physical reality. I enjoy that movie for several reasons, the cinematography, the “bullet dodge scene,” the scope and magnitude of production, (in its time it was cutting edge).
One thing I noticed in the Matrix is the connection to deeper truth, the fact that the movie points to a greater reality (as many fictions do).
Like Neo, believers live in two worlds. The world we perceive to be real and the Kingdom, which is more real than anything we experience in this life.
Most of us dream of something greater. We long for adventure. It’s almost like there is something deeper, something bigger, something greater etched on our hearts. Scripture speaks to this: “11 He has made everything [a]appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart…” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
God, Himself set eternity in the hearts of man. He designed us to look up at the stars, to search for more. He intended us to look for His Kingdom. He is the Grand Creator, and He has put a longing for our real home deep within every man and woman.
And that’s why, when Jesus teaches His disciples (and us) how to pray, He starts with this recognition in Matthew 6.
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom
on earth as it is in heaven.
There is great truth in these two little verses. We could delve deeper into the aspects of the Father, or perhaps, the fact that the Father is a father to those who believe maybe even into how we are to revere His name as hallowed (if you visited any of our campuses this last Sunday, you heard about those things). Those posts are perhaps best saved for another day.
However, this post concerns itself primarily with verse 10 “Your Kingdom come, and
If Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as in heaven, then it is possible, in some measure, for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done HERE. NOW.
We don’t operate like this.
Honestly, most of us are so focused on our (little k) kingdoms that we forget to see the greater reality. God has etched his eternal KINGDOM on the hearts of men and women.
Prayer gives us the incredible opportunity of looking UP into the Kingdom of God and praying it down into the earth. When we rightly pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done, God hears our prayer and answers! He sent His Kingdom to earth when He sent Jesus. He planned for the expansion of His Kingdom by giving His sons and daughters the promised Holy Spirit, and by establishing His church to carry the Kingdom forward. His Kingdom will be fully visible when this earth passes away, and we step into Eternity.
His Kingdom is very real.
The spiritual reality of God’s Kingdom is greater than any physical reality we can experience. His Kingdom existed before matter, before time, before you and I, and His Kingdom will continue long after our physical bodies are gone.
There is hardly a more empowering truth for a believer than to realize that when we pray for the Kingdom of God to come, and for the will of God to be done, we are praying for the substantial, mighty manifest presence of God to invade the shadow world we live in.
When we pray with open hands for the King to tear down our little kingdoms and bring to light His Kingdom, we are allowing the eternal truth etched on our hearts to invade our reality. We are stepping into the design of the King and fulfilling His plan for His creation.
Church, this is not a time to pray timid prayers. Now is not the moment to argue over who is building their little kingdom better. This is not the moment to sit back and wonder if His Kingdom can move.
Now is the time to step into the reality of the Eternal King. To tap into what He has etched on our hearts. Now, more than ever, the Church must stand to pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.
Will you join me? Will you pray with open hands this week for the King to tear down our kingdoms and establish HIS Kingdom in their place?
He can do it. He wants to do it. He is waiting to do it!