Matthew 6:10 (New Revised Standard Version)
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
When I worked in Syracuse, New York, I would pass several billboards each day on Route 690, but there was only one for which I actually looked. It had a simple black background with white text. And it was always signed — God. Pithy little “messages” like: “That whole ‘love your neighbor thing’… I meant that.” And “Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game.” And “Keep using my name in vain. I’ll make rush hour longer.” Some of the signs were serious, others made me laugh. You may have seen one of these signs as you drove along a major road.
One morning I saw a sign that looked like this:
I cracked up! I immediately pictured an annoyed-looking parent saying those words. My next immediate thought was, “Yes, God! Please! Come down here! We SO need you!” But not too long after that thought was: “Whoa… God coming down here. What would that be like?”
When we pray The Lord’s Prayer, the second sentence is “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” These aren’t words to say lightly. In praying that, we’re asking for a full, unfiltered, in-person, permanent encounter with the God who created the universe. We’re asking God to be as palpably and recognizably present on earth as God is already in heaven. We’re asking for God’s kingship to be realized in every aspect of our lives, in every particle of our world, in every action, every word, every thought. We’re asking for the Holy to become part of our every day experience. And we’re asking to be transformed by that holiness, to become part of God’s Kingdom.
“Thy kingdom come.” Those are powerful words!
What does it mean to you for God to be “King” of your life?