Insist “Thy kingdom is come”
One day I found myself ruminating about world affairs, and a feeling of being flattened by the incessant bombardment of disheartening events descended on me. As I am accustomed to doing, I turned to God in prayer. As I did, this question presented itself to me: “Am I believing that evil needs to make a big bang or eruption by way of hurricanes, fires, riots, murders, injustice, corruption, contagious disease, financial loss, etc., before it is destroyed?” My immediate response was, “No!”
The spiritual truth in a particular passage written by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, offered me assurance of this: “The pent-up elements of mortal mind need no terrible detonation to free them. Envy, rivalry, hate need no temporary indulgence that they be destroyed through suffering; they should be stifled from lack of air and freedom” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 356).
One of the reasons I knew this was true is that Christ Jesus taught that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15), and that it includes only good and therefore does not include or give life to evil in any form. A healing I had around this time brought encouraging evidence of this, helping me recognize that the kingdom of God is come and is at hand for the world and me.
I began having severe stomach pain and other symptoms. I immediately turned to God for help, and the symptoms subsided somewhat as specific spiritual truths came to thought. But over the weekend I still could not eat without pain and was uncomfortable.
I looked through and then read the upcoming weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, which was on the subject “Soul.” It included this Bible verse, in which God speaks about His children: “I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul” (Jeremiah 32:41). I wondered what “this land” referred to and prayed for understanding. Then I noticed many references to the kingdom of heaven in the passages (from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy) comprising that Lesson, and the meaning for me became clear.
Living the qualities of God, Soul, and embracing our oneness with Soul makes us conscious, at least to some degree, that we live in this kingdom, the kingdom of harmony itself, and it in us. Jesus also told us, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). At that moment, I felt that the very opposite of harmony and health was reigning within me, but I knew I had found my healing answer.
As I acknowledged that the reign of harmony was all that was operating within my consciousness, the healing came.
Praying more deeply with the first part of the “Daily Prayer” found in Mrs. Eddy’s Manual of The Mother Church also helped to bring relief: “ ‘Thy kingdom come;’ let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; . . .” (p. 41). To me this meant that fear, pain, and turmoil were being ruled out of my consciousness by the law of God, divine Love. My appeal to let the kingdom of heaven reign within me was not only to God, but also to myself, to allow “divine Truth, Life, and Love” to govern me.
As I acknowledged and insisted that Soul, God, is supreme and that the reign of harmony was indeed all that was operating, including within my consciousness, the symptoms began to ease. I was quickly comforted and fully healed within the hour when I realized that the kingdom of heaven, the reign of harmony, was and is always within me.
Holding to the tangible presence of God’s kingdom in this way can help give us confidence that evil doesn’t have to erupt before it’s eventually snuffed out, because God’s allness means that evil has no place in reality. In more fully acknowledging the all-power of God, good, we can deprive evil suggestions of the possibility of being harbored in our thinking. Ultimately, this would mean they would have no place in our consciousness—there would be no consent to them, no rehearsing of them, no fear of them, and nowhere for them to live in thought or experience. This is not ignoring evil; it’s refusing to give power to it.
Christ Jesus is our supreme example of this. He showed that evil, in whatever form it appears, could be cast out of thought, and therefore out of experience. It didn’t need to get worse first.
The world is actually a thought picture, in which many events may look like large, unsolvable problems, but are really just mental images that we’ve accepted as reality and that stem from thought patterns such as hate and willfulness. These thought pictures are the inverse of the kingdom of heaven. We can each do our part to reject them as unreal because not of God; we can take a strong mental stand against the beliefs of lack, disease, corruption, injustice, and general turmoil with the abiding conviction that the kingdom of God is here. This kingdom reigns supreme, and God has made each of us capable of not only realizing this, but experiencing it as well.
We can take a strong mental stand against the beliefs of lack, disease, corruption, injustice, and general turmoil with the abiding conviction that the kingdom of God is here.
As the kingdom of God—which includes unity, health, abundance, peace, and justice—comes more clearly to the perception of mankind, it can have the effect of revealing that which is inherently unreal and doesn’t belong. It may appear as if things are getting worse before getting better as all the grime and disorder are first seen. But in those instances, and when evil seems to be screaming more loudly, what’s ultimately going on is that order and calm are coming to light, as the powerfully shining illumination of Christ, Truth, is yielded to and displaces what’s not of God.
Embracing this in thought consistently and persistently enables us to address upheaval and problems that may seem too big and too complicated. We can remember that although Jesus faced what seemed to be insurmountable challenges, he still preached the good news and showed through numberless healings that the kingdom of God is at hand—that it has come, and has always been here, right where chaos, disease, and evil seem to reign. There are also many modern-day healings through prayer, as recorded in the Christian Science periodicals, that show this to be true. This kingdom is come and is completely at hand for all. We can be receptive to it and insist on it, and by doing so we can expect it to be seen and acknowledged more and more, blessing each of us worldwide.