We pray 'may your Kingdom come – as in heaven' knowing that what we are seeking is multifaceted and profound. We can keep learning knew truths about God’s Kingdom from the varying authors whose writing make up God’s revealed story in the Bible.
Read Psalm 47:8 and 146:10 – what do we learn of God’s sovereignty over the nations and his Kingship?
As the Creator and Author of Creation God’s power is ultimate. This could appear oppressive if it were in flawed human hands but as God’s reign and power are detailed we read of liberating and positive features of God’s supremacy and Kingdom.
Read Psalm 85:10-13 this Psalm gives insight into God’s Kingdom – what are the main characteristics of God’s rule? Reflect on the meaning of love, faithfulness, righteousness and peace in this Psalm. How do the beauty of these images of love and faithfulness meeting and righteousness and peace kissing each other help us understand God’s presence?
As we pray for God’s Kingdom ‘as in heaven’ so we pray for our lives together to be pervaded by that love which is as strong as death which many waters cannot quench, Song of Songs 8:6-7. We seek to be a people ruled by God’s faithfulness and for our compassion and kindness to be, that which pervades heaven.
How can we encounter God more fully in his love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace?
In what ways can we reflect God’s rule in our own lives and communities as we seek heaven on earth?
What evidence for 'love as strong as death' do you see in the community of which you are part?
How might you continue to seek heaven on earth in the light of the verses we have read in the Psalms?
Pray seeking heaven on earth in your daily routine; seek God’s love, faithfulness, goodness and peace in all things.
Psalm 89:14-15 - Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Lord we thank you that your Kingdom is your reign: of peace, all that is good, faithfulness and love. We pray that our lives and communities might bring heaven to earth by being people who bring peace and all that is good into the lives of others. We acknowledge our failure, at times, to bring heaven to earth by our words and deeds. Fill us with your presence that we might be channels of your presence and your Kingdom in all we do. In the name of Christ our Lord, Amen.