We don't know which disciple it was. But one—after Jesus had finished praying—asked the Master to teach them to pray. From that simple request came a few brief statements that have drawn untold millions together in a common prayer. This Lord's Prayer includes the deeply significant affirmation, "Thy kingdom come."Luke 11:2;
Clearly, the prayer Jesus prayed was far more than words. It described his understanding of reality. And he proved that understanding. He healed the sick. He reformed the sinner. He raised the dead. In a way the world will not forget, Jesus displayed God's kingdom here now. Our prayers may repeat holy and beautiful words. But if we expect to follow in the footsteps that Jesus outlined, these prayers must go further. They must go beyond hope and gratitude. They must be lived.
Our prayer must demonstrate in life the presence and power of God. Referring to Christ Jesus, Mrs. Eddy writes, "He lived the spirit of his prayer,—'Thy kingdom come.'"Miscellaneous Writings, p. 211; Each day we should expand our capacity to live the substance of our prayer. God's kingdom is here, now. We don't wait for it to come. We rejoice and gratefully acknowledge its presence. We live in His kingdom now, and by degrees we prove that right now God's allness is established. His infinite perfection is a fact.
Because he understood that all the good that ever will be available is available at every given moment, Jesus experienced the deep blessing that comes of admitting God's presence. To him, "Thy kingdom come" was not so much a request as a grateful acknowledgment. Because he had the vision to recognize the presence of God's allness, he was uplifted, inspired, and sustained by the presence of God's kingdom. He showed that peace and joy are attainable now. In the degree that we follow in his footsteps we will begin enjoying the same kingdom that Jesus discerned. He could say even to the Pharisees, "The kingdom of God is within you."Luke 17:21;
He recognized heaven to be within consciousness. We don't make God's kingdom come from somewhere—nor need we try to move ourselves to it. Our prayer that God's kingdom come is an acknowledgment that the allness and perfection, the goodness and wholeness, the beauty and supremacy of God come to light now within individual consciousness.
The Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy calls on its adherents to pray daily: "Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!"Man., Art. VIII, Sect. 4;
Each of us can surrender to God's government. We can let our compassion, our kindness, our affection, be spiritually expressed. We can let the reality of God's goodness be uppermost in our thought when the carnal mind would offer its evidence of evil and discord. We can begin living life to the fullest, representing true vitality, wholeness, and purity.
God is divine Principle. His unerring creation is held in absolute perfection. Christian Science brings to light God's eternal, unchanging presence. Man is indispensable to God's allness. He gives evidence of this allness. His beauty and wholeness are proof of the very nature of God. These are facts of reality. Perfection is God's kingdom. Spiritual sense perceives its presence. Our prayer "Thy kingdom come" must go beyond a request. It must go beyond a wish. True prayer brings a genuine realization that God's kingdom is come and that it is the very substance of true consciousness.
Millions of Christians throughout the world pray daily for the appearing of God's kingdom. We can be grateful that so many share this common prayer, and that so many pray with a deep and earnest desire for His kingdom. Mrs. Eddy writes: "All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer,—the Lord's Prayer. It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love, and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly on earth,—'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.'"Pulpit and Press, p. 22;
Our daily lives should give evidence of the sincerity of our prayer. If we really wish to prove His kingdom is come, we will heal the sick. We will deepen our spiritual vision of God and His allness, until we reach the point that we can instantly challenge and dispense with beliefs of sickness. If we are honest in our desire to prove the presence of His kingdom, we will so strengthen our perception of the unreality of evil that we can say with Jesus, "Which of you convinceth me of sin?"John 8:46.
Finally, if we expect to prove fully the presence of God's kingdom, we will, step by step, overcome death. We will bring the life of joy and purity, goodness and wholeness, permanently to light. We will admit our individual spiritual identity to be the true expression of God. We will outgrow the belief that matter gives us life, sustains our life, or takes it away. As we outgrow every belief of sin, sickness, and death, we see more clearly that God's kingdom always was and is forever a present reality.
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