The Lord’s prayer through Lent - No.5
“your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven”
The problem: Life is very demanding and it is difficult to sit down and pray.
The answer: We find a different way to pray.
The model: We turn to the Lord’s prayer as we go about the day to stimulate our prayer.
“Your kingdom come….” What are your first thoughts when you come to this part of the prayer? Perhaps the first thought should be a question – well whose kingdom is here at the moment? Whose kingdom am I living in if it isn’t God’s. The answer is – the kingdom of Satan, the kingdom of darkness. Hence verses like Jn 12:31-33 & 14:30. We are in the midst of a spiritual battle. Of course the writing is on the wall, he is defeated (c.f. Col 2:13-15). This world is in rebellion against God and aligns itself wittingly or unwittingly to his ways. We are here to pray in his will and to do his will. To be salt and light, to be harbingers of the Good News and hope. We are his ambassadors, his emissaries. We are his hands and his feet. The war is bloody though and it won’t be easy.
There is a second kingdom struggle though – and that is with the desire to establish our own kingdom. This part of the prayer is radical….and if you aren’t a Christian before saying it, you will be after saying – at least if you mean it. It is submitting ourselves to God’s will. I am reminded of the time when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane – when he is praying the night before his crucifixion. He says “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done”. That is just as much a kingdom battle, the battle against our own flesh – “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”, Paul tells us. And so, when you pray this – remember Jesus’ own battle, and use his words “not my will, but yours be done”.