Your Kingdom Come

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“Your kingdom[*] come….” (Matt. 6:10) This is the third in a series of blog posts on The Lord’s Prayer. After acknowledging God, Our Father who is in heaven, Jesus taught us to to God for His “kingdom come”.

That is a curious instruction, as many Jews at the time believed that the Messiah, who they were expecting, would overthrow the Roman occupation of Judea and return the land to Jewish rule. They were bitterly disappointed when that did not happen, especially in light of all the kingdom talk from Jesus. He even taught us to pray for it! So what gives?

Did the disciples not pray hard enough? Did God fail to answer the prayer Jesus instructed them to pray? What does that mean for us today? We need to look back at the First Century for the answer. Continue reading