Love really wants God’s kingdom to come (love prays pt 6)

by Craig on March 24, 2011

Thy kingdom come…

Here’s the part of the pattern of the Lord’s prayer that I struggled with for a long time.

Two big problems.

First, my question, “Why does the God of all things need me to pray for this?”

The problem was one word, “need”.

God is the one person who “needs” nothing outside of himself to live. If God has needs, there exists the possibility that his needs might not be met – and if his needs aren’t met – then what happens to God? And if stuff happens to God – what happens to us?

Nope – don’t like that one bit.

But the thing is, Our Lord doesn’t need us to pray in order for his kingdom to come. He’s partnering with us.

It would be like Ann Voskamp emailing me and saying, “Craig, will you co-author my next book with me?”

First, I totally would.
Second, she certainly doesn’t need my help in any way.
Third – boy that would be an awfully nice offer. No?

So, I’m thinking it’s a really nice thing of Our Lord to do – to include us in the plan like this. It still baffles me a little – but I get it better.

Second problem: I knew it was the correct thing to say – “I want God’s kingdom to come”. But I kinda didn’t.

I imagine if I could see with better eyes, there wouldn’t be a turning of a shadow of doubt. But I think I’d still like my heart to be beating five minutes from now.

Know what I mean?

So in order to really pray this with any “umph”, I had to get myself to a place where the coming of the Kingdom was a good thing.

After years of half hearted praying for the kingdom I figured it out. Whatever the Kingdom is – it’s where everything bad is gone, and everything good is better, and love rules all the time.

No tears.

That was the base, now to make this personal.

I think of something in my life I really don’t like. Then I chat with him about how in his kingdom it will be gone – or better. Then I think about something in my life that’s good. I talk with him about how nice a better “good” will be.

And I thank him for both.

It’s magical.

It goes something like this:

I just never seem to get this.
It’s your Kingdom, and it will come,
but you want me to be involved somehow,
and to pray for it.
So I am.
Lord, I pray for the day when all the bad is gone
and all the good gets better.
I think of my life. You know how much I really hate _____.
I want that gone.
And in your kingdom it will be. (discuss, discuss, discuss)
And Lord, you know how much I heart ______.
I get more of that. That’s a good thing! (discuss, discuss, discuss)

Thank you.

Father, I pray for your kingdom to come.

Give this one try and I think you’ll be hooked.

Tomorrow it’s about His will being done – just like it is in heaven.

I always liked the way that rhymed, “thy kingdom come, they will be done”.

Have I told you guys recently that I really heart writing for you?

Well I do.

In God’s Love

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber March 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thank you Craig. There are a few other instances in the Bible where I ask, “Why do You need me to do that?” I do it, but I know it is half-hearted. Your prayer is a wonderful way to have an open dialogue with the Lord. I will try it and let you know if I’m hooked.

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Craig March 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I know Amber – and we say the words – and we know our heart isn’t behind them – and what – we think God can’t tell? I know that I know that God hearts honest doubt – and there’s no sense pretending – some stuff is hard to pray for or about. Thank you for getting it Amber. God Bless you and yours.

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Dawn March 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

You have a link button, Craig! I am SO happy. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get it to go on my site. I have had major problems doing this with others’ buttons. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Always,
Dawn

PS I never struggled with “Thy kingdom come” like you do, but it was good reading about your ongoing dialogue with God about it. You even pray about praying!

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Craig March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

That’s me Dawn – I think about thinking, I pray about praying, I worry about worrying – I’m redundant:) God Bless.

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Miz Liz March 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Amazing, Craiz! Just yesterday I blogged about The Lord’s Prayer and our takes are somewhat different but all the same and God is HUGE and LOVING. I come here to your site when I’m really tired and needing — hummm prayer, maybe? Or reading an uplift about God’s Great Grace. Anyway, I will think on your concept. Your words have given rest and peace. (I have a “link” to you on my blog, but no “button.” Like Dawn, I’ll have to study that one. Thanks for more Grace. Liz

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Craig March 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

Oh – you do have link to me – and you were way too kind over there – thank you. We are part of the same body – same Spirit – Our Lord is – well he’s really nice. That we would think on the same things same time – not too surprising :)

God Bless you – Liz – and thank you.

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Miz Liz March 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I know. I know. C R A I G. Got it to my fingers. L

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Michelle March 25, 2011 at 5:14 am

I’ve always (well, once I got my head around it – so for the last few years anyway) prayed/read/lived ‘Thy kingdom come’ as meaning I’m saved, I’m in eternity now, help me to live that reality in this world. That I have the assurance, the authority of a child of the King to speak His words, to have His authority over the prince of this world (who’s a loser anyway, because he lost at the cross) and to speak God’s word into situations.

I think I repeated myself there, but I know because I know and I don’t always find the right words to explain myself (even with simple things like trying to explain to someone what I want them to do – I think I am practicing my senior moments!).

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Craig March 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

I get that Michelle – and it’s good. Jesus said the kingdom is “in your midst” to those around him – so it was – and it IS now too – even as we wait. The authority thing – right on the nose. Amen. Thank you – you have me thinking – you often do. God Bless.

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A. March 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I really like the way you make things so ‘just add water-ish’ for us! So much of the time it is just how I need it. My brain can get kind of mud-swirly sometimes and when it does, I need simple! I like your lack of pretense with God (and us). It really is the best way to go, isn’t it?

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Craig March 26, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s because I don’t get it until I make it “add water-ish”. I make it that way for me – then I just share. Simple is better. No – I take that back – deep simplified is better. If we are too deep – we get lost in the hypothetical – if we’re too simple we’re too easily fooled – both I think – both are necessary. Hmmmm…..

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