The next portion of the Lord’s Prayer that we’ll be looking at is, “Your kingdom come.”

What does it mean for us to pray that the Lord’s kingdom will come?

Well, for starters, there is a spiritual kingdom that was initiated by Jesus and which He began talking about when He began His ministry. There is also a future kingdom that, while surely spiritual, will be quite real. The Bible makes it clear that there will be a day when the Lord will establish a kingdom on the earth.

First, to the spiritual kingdom. It’s not possible to cover that topic in one blog post. Books have been written about this topic. However, we shouldn’t have to read all those books—although they may certainly be helpful—we simply have to read what Jesus said about it. We can read the first concepts He taught about His kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount. The first sentence He uttered was, “Blessed are the poor (in spirit) for theirs is the kingdom of God.” If we think about this sentence for a moment, we’ll begin to understand that the kingdom Jesus talks about is 180 degrees in opposition to earthly kingdoms. So, without going into lengthy detail, you will find that spiritual poverty, humility and therefore a needed trust in God in the context of that poverty (when we’re poor we understand that we need Him, His help) underlay what Jesus teaches in these passages.

Before we leave off talking about God’s spiritual kingdom, we need to elaborate a bit about how different this kingdom is from the kingdoms of men, because in this world when we talk about kingdoms, we mean someone who rules over another. I don’t mean to indicate that this is necessarily an evil idea—it’s simply the way the world rolls, whether it’s in business, in government and, unfortunately, in the Church. However, although earthly rule and power in and of itself is not inherently evil, I haven’t found much evidence in history or in the Bible that mankind has handled it well. Power is a powerful intoxicant. What’s “interesting” about power is that the use of it seems to almost always make sense to the user when it is applied. When people use it, it makes things move along to a desired outcome—to our human way of thinking. However, I’ve found in Scripture that God has a completely different way of getting things to “move along to a desired outcome,” and that way is what He made clear, not only in His teaching on the Mount, but in His death.

Paul taught that God’s weakness is stronger than man’s strength. Let’s pause and think about that for a moment. Is there anything on earth weaker than dying? When one dies, he or she is totally, absolutely, out of control. Yet dying is what the Lord did in order to achieve His most powerful purpose: the salvation of mankind. And the power of Jesus’s flesh did not raise Him from the dead. His flesh had died. It was powerless. He was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit.

Is it possible that the Lord should want us to consider that this template of weakness and strength should apply to us? Yes, of course He would. In fact, if we will look at the mighty acts that the Lord God did in the Bible, they were almost always done by nobodies and by methods that were foolish or weak according to our way of thinking. Example: the battle strategy for conquering Jericho. There are many others. I encourage you to look for them.

Well, enough for now about God’s spiritual kingdom. This should give you, the reader, enough to chew on for—the rest of your life. As to His kingdom coming in reality, I have very little to say. I simply pray that it will come, as Jesus taught us to. What that kingdom will look like, I have very little knowledge biblically. All that I know is that it will be just, righteous and good, because He will be the King, finally, in reality.