Sermon Topic – The Lord’s Prayer – Thy Kingdom Come
In a world of competing kingdoms, of petty tyrants and self serving autocrats both globally but also in our workplaces and communities we are taught to pray ‘Thy Kingdom come’. Not my kingdom nor anyone else’s but God’s. In simple terms the Kingdom of God is the place where God is King. But in contrast to the kingdoms of men, God’s rule is just and gentle, it is never imposed, he allows us to choose or reject it. And that is the story of the Bible, from Eden, to Israel to Jesus himself, who says ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’. So when we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we make a choice to seek first God’s kingdom, to say to our world that there is a true and greater King, and pray that one day his Kingdom will fully come on earth as in Heaven. And when we proclaim the Gospel, speak out on behalf of the marginalised, seek justice for the oppressed or work to protect creation we are living out this prayer and doing kingdom work. This week as you pray the Lord’s prayer day by day choose once more to seek first the Kingdom of God.