As we continue celebrating the life of Jesus, we shall investigate His statement in the Lord’s prayer saying, ‘Your Kingdom Come.’
In the opening of Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus illustrates truths behind peoples’ motives to please man, rather than pleasing God. For example, when individuals go to minister as a witness, it’s either about God or it’s about their personal image. Motives are the key to why God will bless some with more or less. Some will compromise their faith to gain wealth and others will work hard to achieve success.
Last weekend, I talked with a young girl about her need to gain her doctorate. She said, “I don’t want to idolize having a PhD.” Millions of young students idolize having a top degree because they will be the first to do so in their family and some will need it to advance in their career. When it comes to faith, we seek to do good for God’s Kingdom. A person can try to have a personal gospel album but if the songs are sung to be seen by man and not to glorify the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…He won’t acknowledge it.
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.” Matthew 6:1-2 NKJV
Jesus also went into detail about prayer…And when you pray He says:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
He said, “Your kingdom come,” and with that in truth, when you pray the kingdom of God should come to mind when you approach Him. Jesus talked a lot about His kingdom and how it operates. Matthew Chapter 6 reveals how there’s no worry in His kingdom. He stresses much about faith and believing God will provide every need for you, “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (verse. 8).
After all you’ve been through have faith that God is who He says He is, and while being surrounded by the world, remember to trust in Him.