Has anyone else found themselves praying more urgently these days for God’s kingdom to come “on earth as it is in heaven?”
The messier our world—including (especially?) our nation—becomes, the more relevant this familiar part of the Lord’s Prayer seems to me.
The morning news depresses me. People’s political rantings on social media wear me out. I have no incentive to vote this November.
But my motivation to pray for God’s kingdom to come has increased. And God seems to be encouraging me in this.
The other day I was looking for a passage in Isaiah when my eyes accidentally landed on the “wrong” verse instead. I was reading a new Bible translation, The Voice, and this is what I read:
Tirelessly pester God—give Him no rest—until He reestablishes Jerusalem and makes it worthy of praise throughout the whole world.
Traditional translations say it a bit more formally, but the intent is the same: “Give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (NIV).
Can you imagine a parent inviting his kids to pester him? To give him no rest? To “give him no peace” (MSG) until He does something for them? I certainly never said that to my son. But God says it to us. And I, for one, want to take Him up on it.
Revelation 11:15 says that “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” And one day God promises to make a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem where He will live among His redeemed people (Revelation 21:1-3).
I’ve spent too much energy hand-wringing and kvetching over the status of things in our current political scene. It’s time to concentrate that energy on “pestering God” to bring His kingdom to earth and establish His reign.
What do you think?