Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Vicar’s weekly thought

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

When you stop to think about it, what a prayer!

We are praying that the Kingdom of the holy God himself may breakthrough on earth, on an earth which often doesn’t acknowledge God, or alternatively deeply misuses God’s name to self-serving ends. It sounds quite a tall order, except that is why Jesus himself came – to bring his Father’s Kingdom on earth, for his Father’s will to be done right here. And Jesus has broken all the powers of evil on the cross, even death itself by his resurrection from the dead. And Jesus is with us now, continuing to intercede for us with his Father as we set about it! And what does that Kingdom look like? We have an amazing passage from Romans today [1] which lists a whole load of things that describe it – too long to repeat  here, but to give you a taste of some key words:- Really loving others, weeping with those who weep, blessing those who persecute us, not paying back evil for evil, being happy with those who are happy, patience in trouble, not being proud.

Read it, it’s like a woven tapestry of the many things which together create a beautiful picture of our Father’s Kingdom. As our Lay Minister Clare wrote to the planning team: The good news is that while we are in the world we are not of it and we can live with a different agenda that seeks to bring transformation and blessing. We are called to be world changers. God empowers and equips us to do this through his Holy Spirit. Will you join daily in this prayer Jesus taught us, and then not just speak the words, but be part of “actually doing the will of my Father in heaven” as Jesus puts it [2].

[1] Romans 12.9-21 [2] Matthew 7.21