I, a sinner bowing my knee to the lordship of Jesus Christ is the recognition that I have made Him the Lord and King over my life and that God’s program replaces my own. What concerns me now is the kingdom of God. So when I pray, “Your kingdom come,” there is nothing on my agenda – my ambition, dreams or goals. I mean those things give me direction in life but I submit them so that Christ may use them as He has purposed. It’s that purpose that replaces me running my life my way, my desire for the forgiveness of sin, and my hope of eternal life. So my prayer at this point of salvation is where I yield to God so that His purpose, will and desire takes over.
If I think then how wonderful it is to be under God’s authority and my prayer is a desire to see His kingdom come so that I may live under that authority sooner than later, it makes sense that I commit myself to do God’s will now. That includes following in the footsteps of Christ as He lived to the laws of that Kingdom and proclaimed the message of hope to the world.
So the prayer, “Your kingdom come,” is a cry of hope – a sigh for heaven. A cry for heaven to be on earth – the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of Jesus.
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” – Luke 11:1-4