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Acts 2:42-47 Your Kingdom Come!

posted Jun 24, 2020, 9:42 AM by Jacob Boer

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”

We pray “Your kingdom come” pretty easily, but when I stop and think about this, I realise that I might not be as sincere as I should be about praying for Jesus’ kingdom to come because this would mean that my every thought, word and action would be completely focused on Jesus’ will and desires and putting aside my wants completely. I see how praying for Jesus’ kingdom to come leads us in a few days to praying for forgiveness for our sin because so many of my thoughts, words and actions are focused on me and my kingdom, which don’t always align with Jesus’ kingdom values. Yet praying for Jesus’ kingdom to come guides my thoughts, desires and actions to become more who God has created us to be, making Jesus more central in my heart and life as we look forward to his return.

Q. What does the second petition mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.