Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has made it possible for us to come into the month of March in our Year to Soar as the Eagle (1saiah 40:31). We want to really appreciate the Almighty God for His grace in seeing us through the season of fasting and prayer. In many ways we saw God’s intervention in our situations with astounding testimonies. Therefore, we are even more expectant and hopeful for His move this season that He will do many New Things this year (Isaiah 43:19). This month, our theme is ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (Matt. 6:10).
In the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, we are admonished to pray that “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). God’s kingdom is said to be an actual government, set up by God in heaven that will rule over the earth (Isaiah 9:6). So what does ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in the Lord’s Prayer mean to us? This is a prayer of anticipation of believers for the coming kingdom and Christ as stated in Revelations 11:15 and Matt. 25:31-46. In Romans 14:17, it is stated that “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” We are encouraged also, to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all things shall be given unto us (Matthew 6:33).
The word kingdom has its roots from the Greek word basileia which means to rule and to reign. Exodus 15:18 says “The Lord shall reign forever and ever”. This was one of Moses’ songs of victory and praise after God led Israel out of Egypt and saved them by parting the Red Sea. Proverbs 8:15 says that “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” Talking about decree, Job 22:28 says “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. May your light shine gloriously this season in Jesus name!
Kingdom also connotes royalty or simply being royal. In Isaiah 62:3 the Bible says “Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” 1 Peter 2:9 says that “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” This season you will manifest your heavenly royalty here on earth in Jesus name!
Thirdly, kingdom also means power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 says “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” God’s power is manifest in His glory and also in mercy. Ephesians 2:4 says Our Almighty God is rich in mercies. Furthermore, kingdom also refers to God’s sovereignty and therefore, it is what He declares that will stand (Isaiah 7:7).
Interestingly, in Matthew 24:14 we are intimated that “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The core of God’s kingdom coming is to see the entire world encountering salvation. In fact we are told to go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. It is living a life with absolute dependence on God. As we do this, signs and wonders will follow (Mark 16:17) and there will be righteousness, peace and everlasting joy. Therefore, the kingdom life is one of miracles and it’s a mystery to many. Therefore let’s go out in holiness to the corners of our city and beyond and may God grant unto us a great harvest in Jesus name (Luke 5:1-9).
Dr. Akpo Onduku.
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