Let’s jump into Matthew 6 and how Jesus teaches us to pray. Matthew 6:10 says;
“your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
This verse is the WHY behind our prayer, it lays out what the ultimate purpose of all our prayer should be.
What is a kingdom? It is literally the king’s domain; it is the territory of the king. When we talk about the kingdom of God I always refer to Romans 14:17 where Paul writes “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. He is saying that the kingdom of God is not a physical external thing, but a spiritual, internal thing.
The kingdom of God is:
- Righteousness – It is the worthiness, the perfection, the holiness, the blameless nature of our God.
- Peace – It is the unexplainable peace; which Jesus freely gives to us. The unshakeable peace which is not based on external situations but on a deep set knowledge of completion and soundness.
- Joy – The deep rooted delight which comes from the intimate relationship we have with God. Far beyond feelings of happiness, joy is a conviction which cannot be moved.
So this is what the kingdom of God is, and when we pray we should be inviting this kingdom to come here on earth as it is in heaven. His righteousness, His peace and His joy, here on earth as it is in heaven.
There is more to it than this though. The King James Version is arguably the closest English translation of the Bible to the original Greek, and in this version this verse reads;
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Notice how it says in earth, as it is in heaven. Now take a look at Genesis 2:7;
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
God formed man from the dust of the ground, from earth. Now see the significance of this prayer again; thy kingdom come, thy will be done IN EARTH. As it is in heaven. When we are praying your kingdom come we should be praying that, first and foremost, it would come to us. That the kingdom of God would be set up and established in our hearts. That his righteousness would wash away our unrighteousness, that his peace would overwhelm our problems and that his joy would swallow up our sadness!
When we pray we are communicating with our Father in heaven, who is completely different and far superior to any other Father. When we communicate with him we should be constantly seeking and desiring that he would establish his kingdom in our hearts, so that we can confidently say “my heart is part of the king’s domain.”.