The Lord’s prayer is Disruptive and Destructive
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus gave these words for us to pray. What are we praying for in these words? On the surface it is clear enough. We are praying for the Father’s will and kingdom to reign on earth. Let’s dig deeper and consider the implications. When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are in fact praying against all opposing authority, systems, and individuals that oppose the work of God on earth. We are praying for the destruction and removal of all rivals. We are praying as Daniel 2:44 pictures: “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” The words in the Lord’s Prayer are also reflective of Psalm 2: “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel’” (Psalm 2:8-9). Messianic passages like Psalm 89 also reflect the principles of the Lord’s Prayer: “You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm…I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him. But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea and his right hand over the rivers. He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also I will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.” Psalm 89:10-29
In the world today, there are many enemies of the Kingdom of God. One that is very obvious is ISIS and their determination to eradicate Christianity from the areas they control and eventually from the world. How shall we pray? Shall we not pray for the destruction of their power and for confusion and disagreement to multiply among them and for God to scatter them and use every means to stop their murderous tyranny? We must pray that God remove them either like He did Ananias and Sapphira whom He promptly killed, or as He did Saul the persecutor whom Christ knocked to the ground and made His servant; he became the Apostle Paul.
The Lord’s Prayer is disruptive and destructive. It is wartime prayer. It asks for destruction and disruption of God’s enemies. In this prayer we ask that all rule and authority opposing Christ and His kingdom be destroyed and removed from planet earth so that His kingdom may come in greater fullness (on earth as it is in heaven). May God strengthen us to pray this prayer in greater fullness and targeted purpose!
“…the kingdom of heaven suffers violence,
And the violent take it by force.”
“Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father,
When He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.”
(1 Corinthians 15:24-27)
Personal update: This is my first day at Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. Yesterday, Sunday, was spent in travel from 5:45 AM to 6 PM…a long trip. All is well.
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