Thy Kingdom Come I Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We live in a world that does not want to acknowledge God as the ruler of our lives. To pray the words “thy kingdom come” can be offensive to some because what we want is the right to govern ourselves, even if it means dethroning God. We want independence, to pursue our own plans, play by our own rules.

We generally look at prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical idea of prayer is that God’s holiness, purpose, and will may be brought about so that we and others can know God and experience God, not just get things from God.

Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was to seek and to save the lost, to set the captive free, heal the broken hearted and to do the Fathers will. You are His hands and his feet on this earth; he has commissioned you to continue the work he started.

God has called you to be a soldier in His army. You have been fasting and praying but remember the prayer warriors’ life can be affected by his personal life. The channel to heaven must always be free of unconfessed sin. For this reason there must be a time when confession is a major part of our prayer time. The first thing that should concern you in your personal conversation with God is personal cleansing. Before we can pray to change our circumstances or the world we should pray and ask God to change our lives. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…” We are not free from sin but we need to understand that unconfessed sin will block or hinder our prayers.

I read a story about Norman Vincent Peale, as a young boy he finds a cigar, hurries off to a secluded spot and lights up his cigar. It didn’t taste good but it made him feel grown up at least till he saw his father coming. Quickly he tried to hide the cigar behind his back trying to appear normal and casual he tried to divert his dad’s attention by a billboard of the circus coming to town. Can I go dad please can I go? His father’s reply contains a lesson for all prayer warriors. “Son one of the first lesson you must learn about life is this: never make a petition while at the same time trying to hide a smoldering disobedience behind your back.”

“Thy kingdom come “can mean that I will look into my own heart and plead for God’s cleansing power. It means that I will bow before him in faith and obedience, desiring him to rule my life and my heart.

The coming of God’s kingdom, in me, is when I surrender and allow God to be first in my life, and then I can stand in the presence of the Lord. I am not alienated from my Heavenly Father but his kingdom rule is now the authority in my life.

Remember the old song it’s not my brother or my sister but it’s me Oh Lord standing in the need of prayer. It is easy for me to talk about others, the sin in their lives but before I can pray for them I must first take a look at myself and say Lord let your kingdom first come to me. Change my life, make me more like you. May your heart become my heart let your will rule my life.

Spend some quality time with the Lord today make Him your priority today and find a quiet place and shut the door to all outside interferences that are calling for your attention and focus on only one thing, intimate fellowship with the Lord.



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