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Becoming Kingdom-Minded

Jesus, when laying out how to pray to his disciples, first talked about praying for the kingdom.

“Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

There are two Greek words that grab my attention in this verse – “come” and “done.” They seem to be ordinary words but they are profound in context of what Jesus was saying. “Come” is the word erchomai and means “to appear, make one’s appearance.” And then there is “done,” which is ginomai, and means “to become, i.e. to come into existence.”

First, God’s kingdom must come – it must appear and become visible to the world. Then His kingdom must be done – it must come into existence, i.e. established. We are learning top pray along these lines. We are learning to pray that His kingdom would appear on the earth and then it would come into existence. Think for a moment about the founding of America. The founding fathers had a vision and wrote it down in the form of the Constitution. That would be the kingdom of America coming. It being done is establishing the very laws and form of government.

From the very beginning Jesus was all about His Father’s business – establishing His kingdom. And so likewise should we. We must move away from being church-minded to be kingdom-minded. Being church-minded is confining and limiting. Being kingdom-minded is endless in possibility, weight, height, depth. Take a look at how Young translated our verse:

“Thy reign come: Thy will come to pass, as in heaven also on the earth.”

Yes Lord, may Your reign come and Your will come to pass!

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