What is a kingdom that Jesus has made an essential part of our prayer? According to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, a kingdom is
1. A country ruled by a king or a queen.
2. An area controlled by particular person/ where a particular thing or idea is important.
Romans 14:17 emphatically says that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Before our Lord Jesus Christ died under the torture of man, sin, death, demonic oppression, corruption, injustice, and all sort of evil was all that the world was filled with. For the whole world was without hope, joy, God… until Christ (the Kingdom of God) came to dwell among men. (Matt 12:28).
The Kingdom of God lights up the world with healing, righteousness, hope, joy, beauty, glory, humility, eternal life, forgiveness, purity, justice, freedom from sin (a call to repentance), power… (Matt 4:17, Matt 18:4, Rom 4:7, 2 Cor. 4:18).
With all the evil we see around us, no man can rescue this world but the kingdom of God. Father, thy kingdom come (Matt 6:10). Since a kingdom is composed of a king (to the Christians, God) and his people: Who are the people of God’s kingdom? It is true believers, the sons of God. For He had bestowed on us His Kingdom (Luke 22:29-30). If anyone wants to enter this Kingdom, let them be washed by the water and the word (John 3:3). Matt 6:33 tells us to seek first God’s kingdom and He’ll add all other things to it. And so if you are already part of this kingdom, blessed are you!
But why do I cry out for His kingdom to come since He has assured us of His coming? Or since He’s bestowed this kingdom on us? I am actually crying out, calling out to all people in the Kingdom to let their light shine before men ( Matt 5:16). In this age of ours, where sin and evil has made the world dark… let us shine. We are the light of the world (Matt 5:14).
Let us together bring to bear: manifest the kingdom of God in this crooked and perverse generation of ours. For the Kingdom is truly beautiful and priceless. The people of God who lived before the coming of Christ lived in a shadow of the Kingdom but we, having received the very nature of God, are living out the true life of the Kingdom. Beloved, this is a call to all, let us bring beauty to our age, let us come together in strength and boldness and champion the cause of His kingdom.
Father, thy Kingdom come! Dwell among us. Amen! Have a blessed week.
Courtesy: Ameyaw Bernice Ama