Luke 11:2, Matthew 6:9
God’s kingdom is a much debated theological thought. It gets pulled
into all sorts of debates in contemporary times, about end times, and about
pretty much everything. All too often, we view it as simply a slighter better,
slightly different version of the nations of today.
I don’t think Jesus would be asking us to pray (repeatedly) for
something just slightly better, or something that we could achieve by
ourselves with a little bit of work. What is the fundamental difference
between God’s kingdom and our kingdoms? What are we to pray about
being ready for when God’s kingdom is made real? What does it mean that
the coming of God’s kingdom is paired with God’s will being done?
We have plenty of images about the kingdom of God from Scripture.
Do we understand that those images of the kingdom of God are what we
are praying for each and every week, not just a slightly modified version of