When Jesus first began his ministry on earth, he talked a great deal about the kingdom. One of his first teachings was, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” He described this kingdom as leaven that produces growth, as a priceless treasure, as seeds planted that require cultivation and weeding out. And the poor in spirit are those who realize their need for him. What does this mean? Does he have a kingdom in our hearts? If so, what’s the current state of that kingdom?
If we want to share in his kingdom here and now on earth, our entry point is through prayer. Below is the model prayer Jesus gave to his disciples. Have you ever stopped to reflect on all that’s in these few verses? The attitude of the pray-er is one of total dependence on God. And for some reason, it’s all in the plural. Our father, our bread, forgive us, lead us, deliver us. What might your relationship with God and others have to do with his kingdom? How does prayer make a difference?
In these six weeks leading up to Easter, we can focus on his kingdom within as a way to draw nearer to God. We can look at some different ways to pray that help us hear his voice. I’ll post daily meditations and prayer exercises that may invite you into a deeper prayer experience. As we approach the cross, may his kingdom come, his will be done, within you and within me.
“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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory
forever and ever.