Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.”
Jesus told his followers that they should pray for God’s kingdom to come. Let’s face it. Our culture preaches that each of us should strive for my kingdom to come…not God’s. Jesus wasn’t talking about some future kingdom in heaven. He was talking about God’s kingdom coming here and now. How can God’s kingdom come now? Only with our cooperation! Jesus clearly showed us how to cooperate with God’s plan in the way that he lived his life. Jesus told us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned and to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25:35-36). He said “whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:41). He said the greatest commandment was not one of the Ten Commandments…but one he made up himself: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). And the second greatest: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). This is how we become Christ to others. This is how God’s kingdom comes now…through us working together and being channels of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, compassion and justice.
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