The Kingdom of God = The Kingdom of Heaven
Thy Kingdom = Thy Will
Thy Kingdom come = Thy Will be done
Answered prayer = Thy Will just got done = Thy Kingdom just came
Four reasons to believe: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.”
The more we grow and transform to have a godly mindset, the more we realize that life is all about God and what He wants, not about us and what we want.
In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus instructs us to always first acknowledge that God is in heaven to lift up His name and give it the honor it deserves. But next, He instructs us to ask for His kingdom to come and His will to be done. The more we grow and transform to have a godly mindset, the more we realize that life is all about God and what He wants, not about us and what we want.
Jesus instructs us to ask for these things because these are the things He wants to give to us. When we follow Jesus’ instructions and ask for God’s kingdom and His will, we can faithfully anticipate and expect it to happen!
Here are the reasons we should believe:
1. It is why He came. Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 16:23
Jesus came to declare the kingdom.
At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.
At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.Luke 4:40-44
In this passage, Jesus says the reason He is on earth is to declare the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world. Jesus must show, it demonstrate it, and give it to us. When you pray for God’s kingdom to come, expect that He will rule, transform your life, forgive you and set you free from the bondage of the other kingdom. By his own words, this is why He came to earth.
2. He said it had arrived. Luke 11:20, Mark 1:14
We can expect Jesus to deliver the kingdom because He says it is already here.
In Luke 11, Jesus casts out a demon, to which the religious leaders attribute to Jesus using the devil’s power. But Jesus reminds them that if Satan were willing to cast out demons, he would be breaking down his own kingdom. In fact, it is the “finger of God” that has done this amazing thing, which is proof that the kingdom of God has come upon them.
We must ask for this same power of the kingdom to come into our own lives, transform us, and work through us. God has power from another world to bring into alignment our flawed selves with His glory. God can fix your marriage, your dysfunctional past, and your skewed self image. Through sanctification, you are in process to become more like Christ. When Jesus instructs us to pray for His kingdom to come, that’s what He wants for us.
3. He promised the Kingdom to children. Matthew 19:14-15
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.Matthew 19:13-15
Have you ever seen little children pray? They usually only realize a portion of the complicated facts of a situation or the details surrounding it, but yet they simply trust God completely and believe that He can fix it.
Children believe things that seem impossible, while adults only believe what is rational, and therein lies our problem. When God wants to love us, we tell Him we are unlovable. He wants to forgive us and we say we are unforgiveable. He wants to heal us and we tell Him we are un-healable. We are un-marryable, unable to be successful, and things are never going to happen for us. We believe that we know better about our lives than God does, but what God can and will do in our lives is way beyond what we can ask or imagine. He has no limitations.
4. He gave us the keys to the Kingdom. Matthew 16:19
In Matthew 16, Jesus asks His disciples the most important question that you can ever answer in your life: “Who do you say that I am?”
Every religion or cult in the world is determined by the answer to that question, because if Jesus is Lord, then the Bible and all of the things He told us are true, but if not, then any number of other things can be true, but Jesus’s word cannot both be true and untrue at the same time. If you are ever in a spiritual discussion with someone, then asking, “Who is Jesus to you?” will define the discussion. All of our other spiritual beliefs really hinge on whether we believe that Jesus is the Messiah God and part of the Trinity or not.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”Matthew 16:13-19
When Christ lives in you, then you have the kingdom in you, for the kingdom is the presence of God.
The “keys to the kingdom” of which Jesus speaks are that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. If you can just trust, as a child does, the truth of Jesus’ deity, then the kingdom of God is open to you. Pastor Miles reminded us that faith is not based on feeling, but fact. If you refuse to jump from a tall building, it is because you have faith that gravity will cause you to fall and die. But you have never seen gravity; you have only seen the evidence of what it does. Likewise, faith says there is a God because we see what He does and how He transforms people’s lives, and we trust the indisputable historical facts of His life on earth to be true.
When Christ lives in you, then you have the kingdom in you, for the kingdom is the presence of God. Pray for His kingdom to come into your life, then believe with a childlike faith that He will do the very things He has called us to pray!