When we pray, “Thy Kingdom Come”, we acknowledge that God is King and are asking that He would reign on earth as He does in His heavenly kingdom. The implications of this prayer can be powerful and far reaching! According to a devotional by Growing Christian Ministries, “In its widest sense, the kingdom of God can be defined simply as the realm where God rules.”
When we pray, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, we are inviting God to rule in our lives. We are asking that we would be obedient to God and that His will would be done in our lives. Moreover, we are asking for God to have His way in the entire world. When speaking of The Lord’s Prayer, John Piper remarked, “This prayer is a prayer that God would continue transforming the world into a place where everyone obeys him perfectly and joyfully.” Imagine how our lives would be effected if King God had his way in our day to day affairs. In this simple phrase it encompasses all the little details of our lives: family, friendships, work, and play, the world around us. This prayer covers ALL that concerns us. When God’s will and kingdom reign are invited to be accomplished in our lives He takes care of all of the details, all we have to do is trust and rest in Him.
As simple as the gift of salvation, The Lord’s Prayer is a gift waiting to be unwrapped and enjoyed by God’s people.