In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
August 28, 2007 – Praying for God’s Kingdom – Matthew 6:9-13
Christians cling to the promise that Jesus Christ will return to redeem the world and establish a new kingdom. But do you realize God has charged believers to pray for that event? Today’s passage, the Lord’s Prayer, includes a petition for the future revival of the earth. Verse 10 says, “Your kingdom come.”
In Eden, sin was unleashed upon the world. Adam and Eve gave in to temptation by eating fruit from the forbidden tree. And God allowed the consequences of that decision to play out. Nature became a destructive force with the threat of earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes. The spirit and will of every person born into this world bends away from the Creator. And Satan reigns as lord of this present age.
But God made a redemptive plan to reclaim the earth from the Enemy and transform it into a kingdom under Christ’s reign. Romans chapter eight says all of creation groans and suffers as it awaits the Lord’s return. God’s plan isn’t just to redeem souls but the world He created for His people to inhabit. So when we pray, “Your kingdom come,” we’re asking God to bring forth His eternal kingdom. The new earth will be free from corruption and believers will work and worship under the lordship of Jesus Christ forever.
The day is coming when God will transform the world. It’s a time we can look forward to with great anticipation as we pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
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