Blog 57 / Our High Calling
May 12, 2022
Thy Kingdom Come
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matt 6:10
Part of our Lord’s prayer reads: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That is the longing of our Lord’s heart. And as His heavenly bride, we also share that same longing. As unworthy as we are, we love being a part of God’s kingdom, where His will is being done, whether on earth or in heaven, and where Christ is receiving the honor due His Name from those He has redeemed.
The sad fact is, not everyone on the planet shares our desire to see God’s kingdom come. There is a kingdom of darkness that detests the Gospel and loathes anything that advances God’s Kingdom.
As followers of Christ carry out the Great Commission, they are up against powerful adversaries. The worlds of Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism seem impenetrable, as do atheistic ideologies and those who have rejected God’s moral laws, mocking what is holy and reveling in what is obscene.
To see God’s Kingdom come, we need to pray for it. And we need to make praying for it part of our regular prayer routine, praying for it as much as, or more than, we pray for our daily bread. But how do we pray against an invisible enemy, and who is the real enemy?
The first thing is to recognize that our struggle takes place in two realms. There is the visible earthly realm where we can witness and pray for our Muslim or woke neighbors. And then there is the invisible heavenly realm where the powers of darkness dominate and control so much of life on earth, inciting and seducing flesh and blood humanity to do evil, resulting in untold misery and sin.
Flesh and blood are not the enemy. The apostle Paul makes this clear in Ephesians 6:12 where he tells us our struggle is against principalities and powers, and a whole hierarchy of evil forces in the heavenly realm. In this invisible battle, God has given His people spiritual weapons to defeat the powers of darkness.
For God’s kingdom to come, we need to secure victory in both realms. Be amazed at the fact that, as followers of Christ, we are the only people on the planet that can operate in both realms. We have access to the throne room of heaven (Heb10:19) to join our Lord in His ministry of intercession. And we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph2:6) with all evil powers under our feet.
With the full authority of heaven, we have the upper hand in prayer to subdue principalities and powers and secure victory for God’s kingdom. What an immense privilege to pray “Thy Kingdom Come!”
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator