Day 54: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions)

Today’s “kingdom” verse is in The Lord’s Prayer. I’m going to write out Jesus’s whole prayer instead of just the kingdom part. In fact, I’m even going to write out his introduction. For one reason, the phrase “for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” is similar to the verse that started us out on day one (Matthew 6:33) and for another, The Lord’s Prayer is a really cool thing to know.

“And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way:

“‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.'”

And Jesus concludes with:

“For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

Matthew 6:5-15

That last part is pretty important, but I will stay on course and go back to “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Surely His kingdom will come someday for me in the form of eternity in heaven. But for now, I have the opportunity to do his will here as it is done in heaven.

Remember the picture of heaven from Day 30? Imagine yourself there among the gold and gemstones, looking at the face of God, and now try to imagine yourself there badmouthing your mother-in-law, or ogling someone’s spouse, or fudging the tax numbers, or bothering with false gods.

I don’t think so.

Someday everyone will do God’s will like it’s done in heaven. For now, let’s at least us do it!

I think my kingdom statement with which to replace my worries today will be THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

M.L. Millard

*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.

 

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