“Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 ESV
A Glimpse of Heaven: A Devotional on Matthew 6:10 (ESV)
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
These six simple words encapsulate the very essence of Christian prayer. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus teaches us to prioritize God’s reign and purpose above all else. It’s not about asking for earthly trinkets or begging for personal favors. It’s about aligning our hearts with the grandest story ever told: the coming of God’s kingdom.
Imagine heaven. A place untouched by darkness, where love reigns supreme and righteousness flows like a mighty river. That’s what we pray for when we say, “Your kingdom come.” We yearn for that perfect reality to touch our imperfect world, for God’s will to conquer the brokenness and injustice that surrounds us.
But how does this “on earth as it is in heaven” play out in our daily lives? It starts with submission. Surrendering our own ambitions and desires to God’s greater plan. Seeking His purpose in the mundane moments, the challenging situations, the quiet whispers of our hearts.
Just as heaven isn’t about self-gratification, neither is the earthly reflection we pray for. It’s about walking in the footprints of Jesus, choosing compassion over bitterness, forgiveness over resentment, generosity over greed. It’s about building bridges of love and understanding, even in the face of division and hatred.
It’s not a passive prayer, this “Your kingdom come.” It’s a call to action, a reminder that each of us is an ambassador of heaven on earth. We are the hands and feet of Christ, called to be instruments of His will, builders of His kingdom.
So today, let us pray not just for our daily bread, but for a world drenched in God’s grace. Let us be the living answer to our own prayer, reflecting the light of heaven in every word, every deed, every choice. For when we truly seek His kingdom, His will naturally becomes our own, and on earth, as it is in heaven, becomes not just a prayer, but a beautiful, unfolding reality.
- How can you better align your heart and actions with God’s will today?
- What practical steps can you take to be a builder of His kingdom in your own sphere of influence?
- Take a moment to pray, not just for your needs, but for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth.
Remember, dear friend, every act of love, every word of kindness, every choice driven by faith is a contribution to the kingdom coming, a glimpse of heaven realized here and now. May your prayers and your life be a testament to the powerful words, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”