When Jesus taught us how to talk to the Father in what we call the Lord’s Prayer, he instructed us to pray, “your kingdom come.” Why did Jesus tell us to include this in our prayers? 1 Corinthians 15 helps us answer that question.
1 Corinthians 15:24–25
Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
So, here’s what we need to know about the kingdom of God—it is “already” but “not yet.” First, it is already here. In response to the Pharisees who asked when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:21). For the believer, new birth places us within the kingdom of God, and the indwelling Holy Spirit empowers us for kingdom living. We are a new creation. Our minds and hearts have been renewed. We are children of the King and desire to live as children of the King.
Second, it is not yet here. We are children of the King living in enemy territory. The world, flesh, and the devil work together to drag us down. Sometimes, we hurt others. Sometimes, others hurt us. There are times we don’t behave like children of the King. Pain, hurt, illness, disease, and death surround us in the enemy’s domain. This is not the way it’s supposed to be.
We are caught between two worlds. But, one day, that will all change. The end will come to this present world. All the dominion, authority, and power of Satan will be destroyed. The kingdom of God will exist finally and forever.
Those struggles you have now … that’s the inevitable result of being the King’s child living in the enemy’s realm. Hang on! It’s going to get better…soon!
Father, may we live as your children in the “already” kingdom, and may we look forward to the day when it will be finally and fully here. In Jesus’ name. Amen.