Matthew 6:9-13 is where you will find the Lord’s Prayer. Said it a thousand times but think about it too little – especially “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Of all of Jesus’ prayer I have thought about that phrase the most. What was Jesus really saying? I have to admit that the majority of the time when I prayed that I prayed it as “God – show up and rescue this broken world.” That’s not really it though… It’s more personal than that.
Do you know who the king of Sweden is? It’s His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden. That’s his official title. To his buds – it’s just King Carl. Now maybe you knew about King Carl or maybe this is the first you have heard of him. But you can take that at face value that he really is King of Sweden or go look it up on Google… it even says so right there in Wikipedia. Either way, there isn’t any reason to doubt that he is King of Sweden… Ok – so he’s king of Sweden and we agree to recognize him as such… but it doesn’t have much to do with us. I mean unless we visit or move to Sweden he has no authority or official position over us. Any of his royal edicts have no bearing on us at all… to us – he is king by title only. Now… is that who God is for you? It was who He was for me for a very long time.
“Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” is really a personal declaration. It is saying – God, you aren’t King by title only in the far away country of Heaven… You are my King. Your will is over my life. Say it God and I will do it because I am loyal to you and your word is my command. It’s a dangerous prayer honestly. If you say it – you better mean it and better be willing to step out in risk… He will lead you to some intense places and situations… Not because He desires us to be stressed but because He desires us to be fully and completely trusting in Him alone…
So God… You are so much more to me than King Carl of Sweden!! I recognize more than a titular King! Your Kingdom come, your will be done – RIGHT HERE IN ME!, on earth as it is in heaven… Amen.
Jason Rehmel is the Lead Pastor at Eastside Christian Church on the east side of Cincinnati. If you are someone who has had a terrible experience(s) at a church or churches – stop by some weekend and give it one more shot with Eastside. Whether you have felt judged, or dismissed, or unwanted – wherever it has been – Eastside is different.