The Lord’s Prayer – Your Kingdom Come

I am looking forward to something pretty unique one day when I am in heaven. I don’t know exactly how it’s going to work out, but I cannot wait for the day when my American brothers and sisters meet my African brothers and sisters who have benefited from the prayers and support we’ve all received and shared through the conduit of our missionary life.

I can’t wait for the day when our good friend Amos Zuze meets all of the people who not only helped save his life, but helped to secure his hope and purpose. I can’t wait for my Finetown friends to hug all of the people who prayed for them; especially during their darkest days. Smiles, shouts of joy, and lots of singing will greet those who helped supply tables and chairs, blankets, and school supplies for these principals and their preschools.

This time of greeting probably won’t happen on earth. Many of those who pray for our African friends are in the twilight years of their lives. They won’t be taking any 24 hour flights to come to Africa. Yet, they have prayed powerfully for the Lord’s Kingdom to come in southern Africa. I can tell you from personal experience, God’s kingdom is found here.

How do I know? The Kingdom of God is found wherever God, our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ are honored. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is among you.” Jesus is the door of the kingdom. Forgiveness, wholeness, salvation and life come to us through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Here in southern Africa, I have seen how Jesus has transformed and changed lives. His Kingdom has come here.

John Belham writes: “The kingdom of heaven is the joyful acceptance of the rule of God within our own individual lives. It is a kingdom of grace and forgiveness, giving us a fresh new start as a disciple of Christ, as a child of God and as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom touches us one by one and, through our changed lives, touches our homes, the affairs of those around us and ultimately the affairs of cities and nations.”

The Kingdom of God is also found among believers as they meet together. It doesn’t matter if it is a great gathering of people at something like CreationFest or just two friends meeting to pray. Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 NIV The Kingdom is found where believers meet in the name of Jesus.

What is especially cool is that the kingdom of God is shared among believers across the world! The Lord is calling every tribe, nation and tongue to Himself. As I already wrote, it will be an absolutely gob-smacking (that means awesome and thrilling) day when we meet and embrace each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Your Kingdom Come

One day, maybe sooner than we think, maybe later than we hope for, the kingdom of God will be fully realized when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.  Jesus Christ will return in power, in glory, and in majesty. He will be our King of Kings and the Judge of all. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Are we praying for it?

Are we praying for our Lord’s kingdom to come in our present and in our future?

If you are praying for our family and our ministry, you certainly are! You are praying for God’s kingdom to come in southern Africa.

If you are praying for your community and nation, you certainly are! You are praying for God’s kingdom and His Spirit to move with grace and power.

If you are praying for your church, you certainly are! You are praying for your church community to make an impact; touching lives in a real and meaningful way for God’s kingdom to be made known.

If you are praying for yourself, you certainly are! You are praying for God’s kingdom to be manifested in your own life as you humble yourself before the King of Kings.

Are we kingdom focused in our lives and in our prayers? May it be so!

Our Father in Heaven

Hallowed be your Name
Your Kingdom Come

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