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Thank you for coming to Bible Study. Let us pray. ''Father thank you for insight as we study your word in Jesus name''. Below is the first series and we will continue next week with the second in the series.
What does it mean to pray, "Thy kingdom come"?
The phrase Thy kingdom come is part of the Lord's Prayer, a prayer that Jesus taught His disciples (and all future servants of His kingdom) as a pattern for prayer.
In Luke 11:1, the disciples observed Jesus praying and wished to learn from Him how to pray. They recognized that Jesus' day-to-day actions flowed from His intimate prayer life with God, and they wanted their lives to reflect the same. So Jesus taught them this model prayer: "Whenever you pray, say, Father, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us. And do not bring us into temptation" (Luke 11:2–4, CSB).
A fuller version of the Lord's Prayer features in Matthew 6:9–15 as part of Jesus' extensive teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. In both passages, Jesus includes the statement Thy kingdom come.
One component of Christ's training in prayer involves understanding that God's kingdom has not yet been wholly fulfilled on this earth. Thy kingdom come is not just an expectant yearning for the coming of Christ in the future, even though this longing is contained in the plea. But Thy kingdom come also expresses the prayerful desire of Christ's servants to see God's Kingdom broaden and become increasingly established throughout the world in the here and now.
Within our prayers ought to be a mindset that recognizes God's kingdom-purposes and concerns itself with furthering those purposes. First and foremost, the Lord's dominion must be evident in the lives of His followers. Praying, "Thy Kingdom come," means asking the heavenly Father to help us in our own lives to be faithful, obedient, authentic, and effective Christians. We spread God's kingdom not only with words but also through our actions and the observable qualities of our character (Matthew 7:16, 20; John 13:35; 1 John 3:10).
We also know from Scripture that God wants all sinners to be saved (Ezekiel 18:23; Matthew 23:37; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). So in Christ's model for prayer, we have confirmation that intercessory prayer for the salvation of souls is a worthwhile endeavor. Praying, "Thy Kingdom come," is the same as saying, "Dear Lord, please open the hearts of my loved ones, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to receive Your gift of salvation in Jesus Christ." God's kingdom will expand as more people turn to Christ for salvation. They enter the kingdom when they come to know the crucified King of that kingdom. People need the gospel.
Another way we seek the establishment of God's kingdom in the here and now is to pray for aspects of God's nature to be revealed and known in the world. We can ask God to show His holiness to us and others so that all might see and understand it, and be changed by it. In Isaiah 6:1–5, when the prophet Isaiah captured a glimpse of God's holiness, he was completely undone. So overwhelming was Isaiah's experience, that he saw the glory of God's holiness filling the whole earth: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory" (verse 3).
When we pray, "Thy kingdom come," we ask God to shine His light into the world so that others may respond to Him with awe and reverence (John 1:1–15). Jesus is the light of the world who breaks through the darkness of sin by His work on the cross (John 8:12). Through Christ's sacrifice, believers become lights to the world as well (Matthew 5:14–16). God's Word is also a light to the world, revealing His kingdom so it can be seen on earth (Psalm 119:105, 130; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19).
As believers in Jesus, we acknowledge God as our King. Praying, "Thy Kingdom come," means we desire for His sovereign rule over our lives here on earth, as we submit to His authority and yield to His control in every aspect of our existence. Likewise, praying, "Thy Kingdom come," means we earnestly yearn for God's reign to be established throughout the whole earth and over every human being. We pray, "Thy Kingdom come," so that God's sovereign rule will come now and in the future in its fullness and permanence.
1. The phrase ''Thy Kingdom Come'' is part of the Lord's prayer. True or False
2. The Lord's prayer is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. True or False
3. The Lord's prayer is for all future servants of His Kingdom. True or False
4. The Lord's prayer is not a pattern of prayer., True or False
5. Jesus did not teach His disciples the Lord's prayer. Yrue or False
6. The disciples did not observe Jesus praying. True or False
7. Jesus action flowed from His day-to-day intimate prayer life with God. True or False
8. Jesus had a prayer life with God. True or False
9. One component of Christ's training in prayer involves understanding has not been wholly fulfilled on earth. True or False
10. The disciples wished to learn from Him How He prayed. True or False
11. The Lord's dominion must not be found in the lives of His followers. True or False
12. Praying ''Thy Kingdom Come'' is not asking the Heavenly Father to help us to make our lives faithful. True or False
13.Praying ''Thy Kingdom Come'' is not asking the Heavenly Father to help us to make our lives obedient. True or False
14. Praying ''Thy Kingdom Come'' is not asking the Heavenly Father to help us to make our lives authentic. True or False
15. Praying ''Thy Kingdom Come'' is asking the Heavenly Father to help us to make our lives to be effective Christians. True or False
16.God wants all sinners to be saved. True or False
17. Intercessory Prayer is important for the salvation of souls. True or False
18. God's kingdom will expand as more people turn to Him for salvation. True or False
19. We enter the kingdom when we know the crucified King of the kingdom. True or False
20. People need the gospel. True or False
21. People do not need the gospel. True or False
22. Nobody needs the gospel. True or False
23. We can ask God to show His Holiness to us. True or False
24. We must not ask God to show His Holiness to others. True or False
25. Isaiah captured a glimpse of God's Holiness. True or False
26. Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty. True or False
27. The whole earth is full of His glory. True or False
28. Jesus is the light of the world. True or False
29. Jesus is not the light of the world. True or False
30. We need to pray for our friends to know Christ. True or False
31. We do not need to pray for our co-workers to know Christ. True or False
32. We need to pray for our neighbors to know Christ. True or False
33. We do not need to pray for our loved ones to know Christ. True or False
34. God's Word is a light onto the world. True or False
35. In the midst of conflicts, God's Word is a not a light. True or False
36. The commandment is not a light. True or False
37. The law is not a light. True or False
38. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. True or False
39. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. True or False
40. Jesus loves me. True or False
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Scripture Reading For the Week
''...as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper'' ( 2 Chronicles 26:5)
Prayer For the Week
Thank you Lord for your great love and blessing over my life. I pray you make my way purposeful and my footsteps firm out of your goodness and love. Give me a heart of wisdom to hear your voice and make me strong by your favor and grace. Father grant me humility, perseverance, a repentant spirit, a prayerful life and a daily desire to read your word. Thank you Lord that you have given me a heart that seeks you on a daily basis. I pray in Jesus powerful name.