Thy Kingdom Come

Michael Beck

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

Where there is a kingdom there must be a king. The kingdom of God came to earth with the arrival of Jesus. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Yet, it is entirely possible for men to declare, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14) The kingdom only comes into hearts that let the King have control. Power belongs to the King. It is His right to rule, but in this day He seeks voluntary submission. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Now, there is but a small remnant in the earth that gives Him the worship He deserves.

This is the day of God’s power, in which His people are willing to honor Him as their Lord. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” (Psalm 110:3) He does not rule over His church with a rod of iron. We are his servants by choice. We serve Him because we love Him. We recognize His kingly right to reign over us. We do not fear a monarchy or patriarchy in which God is our King and Father. We gladly submit ourselves to His benevolent rule.

Where God’s kingdom has come, man’s kingdom has left. Recognizing that we have long usurped the King, we vacate the throne of our life. We get “out of control” that He might be in control. He “calls the shots.” He has “final say” over all we do. We no longer do as we please, we live to please our Lord and King.

The King of kings is returning to establish His kingdom in all the earth. Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done, not only in the future, but in the present, not only in the whole earth, but in your heart.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.