Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thy Kingdom Come...

(Matthew 6:9–10 NKJV) In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Your kingdom come!  Your will be done!

I have often thought of this as a matter of sacrifice, humility or obedience... That we should submit our will to God's will and recognize His sovereignty over our lives.  Certainly that is true.

But last night I watched, "The King's Speech," about the man who became King George VI on the eve of World War II.  In this movie, the crown weighed heavy on each of the kings in the story.  Both King Edward VIII (who eventually abdicated) and George VI break down and weep at the prospect of the burdens of being king.

It made me remember that "Your kingdom come" is less of a sacrifice and more of a desire for blessing.  We long for deliverance, not just from various human governments, but from our own sinful self government.  The better we know Jesus and the better we know ourselves - the more we will ache for His absolute rule and His perfect will.

Your kingdom come!  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
 (Revelation 22:20 NKJV) He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 
Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  Deliver us from ourselves!

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