Your Kingdom Come - The Crosswalk Devotional - September 17

The Crosswalk Devotional

Your Kingdom Come
By Emma Danzey

Matthew 6:10 says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Your Kingdom Come
This verse is part of the Lord’s Prayer when Jesus was modeling how to pray to the Father in front of the disciples. Shortly after acknowledging God as holy, Jesus makes this bold statement. Your kingdom come. It might sound strange for God the Son to be saying to God the Father that His kingdom should come. Isn’t Jesus’ kingdom God’s kingdom? The purpose of this statement was that Jesus was choosing to submit to the Father’s will. Ultimately Jesus came to earth to die on the cross to glorify God and bring salvation to humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully man. So in fulfilling His roles perfectly, He was perfectly powerful and never sinned, yet He lived a perfect life and submitted to the Lord in the ways in which we could not.

1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 2:9 says, ”For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

Your kingdom come is a prayer for the Lord to move and work and make a way for people to get to Him. Jesus is literally the answer to His prayer. He was going to die and be raised so that people can join the kingdom of heaven. God wishes that none perish, but all would come to repentance.

Your Will Be Done
Jesus set the example to pray for the will of God. We may not always understand His will or choose it, but we can lean into prayer and ask Him to reveal His plans to us and read His Bible, which tells us His plans for our lives.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Of course, Jesus already knew God’s will because He is God, but He showed us in His perfect humanity how to ask for the Lord’s plans to take place and to rely on Him in His sovereignty as Lord.

On Earth as it Is in Heaven
As believers, we know that Heaven is a place of perfection. We know that earth is broken and sinful. Jesus prayed the desire to see the glory and beauty of God the Father on this earth. Soon after His ascension, we read about the Holy Spirit entering the lives of believers in Christ. Still to this day, when someone places faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit immediately enters that person’s heart and seals him or her for eternity. (Ephesians 1:13) People everywhere now have the ability to live by the Spirit and not their flesh.

Where before, the Holy Spirit would only rest temporarily, now after Jesus, believers have permanent full-time access. This means that people around the world are living by the fruit of the Spirit. They are able to choose to live like Jesus by the Spirit’s help and to reveal to this dark world of the glorious light that is Christ. Jesus was in Heaven, came down to earth, and then ascend into Heaven. He was the frontrunner for Heaven coming down to a sinful world. He then sent His Spirit as a gift to continue spreading the good news of the gospel. We can celebrate this blessing today because of His sacrifice and perfect plan.

Intersecting Faith and Life:
How are you asking God to move in your life and in the lives of others around you? Spend some time praying and reading the Bible as you ponder what God’s will is in your specific circumstances. How can you thank the Holy Spirit for being present in your life today? Ask Him to help you to live by His power and be aware of how He wants to move in and through your life to share the gospel with others.

Further Reading:

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.

Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Bible Study videos on Instagram @Emmadanzey.

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