A king holds the highest authority in his kingdom. He reigns. He rules.

As believers, we see the result of sin and evil all around us. Selfishness. Betrayal. Crime. We long for God’s precepts, God’s ways, and God’s kingdom to be present on earth. When we ask for God’s kingdom to come in the Lord’s Prayer, we invite Him to rule.

Righteousness, truth and justice form the foundation of God’s kingdom. He applies these principles with mercy, compassion and grace.

John tells us of a day when the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of the Messiah (Revelation 11:15). One day, God will establish His kingdom on earth.

Yet, we may not realize that God’s kingdom comes on earth — right now — through us. When Christ reigns in our hearts, His light shines in this dark world. When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, those around us see the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that flow from His Spirit.

So, we bow before our King, surrendering our wills and embracing His will. Although we often pray The Lord’s Prayer corporately, it’s a deeply personal prayer. “Your kingdom come” is a prayer of submission.

God, you are holy. I surrender myself anew to you today. I ask you to reign in my heart. May I desire and do your will. Reign in my life, so that others will see your goodness and your glory and turn to you. Amen.

Go Deeper — What needs to change for God’s kingdom to come in your life? Make a list and spend time surrendering each thing to God.

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