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244. Thy kingdom come.

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven ..."* ( Matthew 6:9-10) Some Episcopals think they have to recite this prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray, after each of their prayers, as if their prayers wouldn't be heard, otherwise! While most Pentecostals think they have been forbidden from reciting this prayer and should not even quote a phrase from it, as if those verses cannot be quoted like any other Scripture, but still have to pray the same, in their own words! Either way, all Christians, irrespective of their denominations are praying for God's kingdom to come! Whatever be your belief in this matter, remember that it is our duty as believers to pray for His kingdom to be revealed, because it hasn't been revealed in the visible physical realm yet, but only in the invisible spiritual realm. It is in our best interest that the Kingdom of God be revealed in the physical realm because *'we groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.'* (Romans 8:23-25) Not only so, even *'creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed ... in Hope that creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.'* ( Vs 19-21) Therefore, don't be caught in the conflict of dogmas and thus fail to pray daily for God's kingdom to come.

The mission of the Church is to establish the kingdom of God on earth, just as it was the mission of the Israelites who came out of Egypt, to establish the kingdom of Israel, in Cannan. However, their's were a *campaign for land,* under the leadership of Moses and Joshua but still they couldn't take all of the promised land ( Joshua 13:1). It was king David who later conquered some more territories and with the ascension of Solomon, the son of David, to the throne of his father David, the rest of the territories were annexed and the entire promised land came under the direct rule of the king of Israel. Even so, the entire promised land will once again come under the rule of the Son of David, who is Christ, when *'the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever'* ( Luke 1:32-33), beginning with the Millennium. But the Jews who were eager to get back their kingdom before God's time, asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come and he replied, *"The kingdom of God does not come with our careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is', or 'There it is', because the kingdom of God is within ( among) you."* ( Luke 17:20-21) The kingdom of God is in our hearts and it is fast connecting with other souls around us. Our's is a *campaign for souls* and the network of believers is rapidly advancing around the world. But the day is coming, when *'the seventh angel will sound his trumpet and there will be loud voices in heaven, which will say: 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.'* (Revelation 11:15) Have you prayed today, saying, *"Thy kingdom come"?* Amen

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