Thursday 26th Aug 2021
Title: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10)
By Choong Yoon Tong

Often we pray the Lord’s Prayer without pondering the meaning of this verse. Our focus is on our daily bread more than God’s kingdom and will. Subconsciously, we might think that God’s kingdom and His will on earth and in heaven are fully under His sovereign control and we need not pray. Yet Jesus has placed it as the second priority in His list.

As we meditate on God who presides on His glorious throne in heaven, we join the angles to proclaim “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come!” He rules and governs the spiritual realm with authority and power. He reigns with perfect order, judges with righteousness, and triumphs over Satan and every evil spirit. He commands and His will is executed in perfection. Peace, joy and love prevail in His kingdom. All spiritual beings bow and worship Him, attributing honour and glory He rightfully deserved. Yes, Lord we pray, Your kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. May Your kingdom on earth mirror Your reign in heaven. Your power defeats the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is at work in the sons of disobedience. Let every falsehood and lie be eradicated by your light of truth while every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus Christ is Lord. Let Your holiness, justice and power prevail over this fallen world.

God’s universal will is for none to perish, but all to be saved and come to the saving knowledge of Christ (1 Tim 2:3-4). He desires every believer to be sanctified (1 Thess 4:3) and consecrated in His Word. Though the whole world is now suffering from the pandemic, war, violence, natural disasters, and many more calamities, His will shall not be hindered. Let the children of God soldier on in His will to spread His love and goodness to every corner of the earth.

Prayer:

We pray O Lord for Your kingdom to be established in this land. Let Your light shine forth to overcome all darkness, deceit, falsehood and injustice. Proclaim Your judgement upon the “prince” of this nation so as to eradicate all evil, corruption and abuse. Let the current pandemic and political mire not only expose the evil but also magnify Your righteousness, Your love and Your salvation; that hearts may be opened to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

每日灵粮
2021年8月26日,星期四

题目:愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上(马太福音6:10 )

作者:钟荣堂执事
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

在引用"主祷文"祈祷时,很多时我们对"主祷文"的含义没有作深入思考,我们把重点放在"日用的饮食",而不是"神的国度和旨意"上。潜意识里,我们或以为上帝的国度,以及祂在地上、天上的旨意都已在祂的掌控之下,所以不需要祈求,但在"主祷文"中,耶稣却把它列在祈祷事项的第二高位。

每当默想到上帝坐在充满荣耀的宝座,掌管天上的一切时,我们会与众天使一同歌颂赞美:"圣哉,圣哉,主上帝,是昔在、今在、以后,永在的全能者!"上帝以权柄和能力统治管理属灵的国度,使之有着完美的秩序,祂以公义审判,胜过撒但和一切邪灵,祂的命令和旨意被完美地执行。在这国度里充满平安、喜乐和爱,所有属灵的都向祂鞠躬敬拜,把荣誉与荣耀都归与祂一一是的,主啊,我们祈祷,祢的国降临在地上,如同在天上,愿地上的王国反映出天上的统治,祢的大能战胜空中掌权者的首领,就是现今在悖逆之子心中运行的邪灵,让一切谬误及谎言都被祢的真理之光铲除,叫一切因耶稣的名无不屈膝,无不口称耶稣基督为主,让祢的圣洁、正义和力量战胜这堕落的世界。

上帝的旨意是不让任何人灭亡,而是要所有的人都可以因认识耶稣而得救(提前:2:3、4)。祂希望每个信徒都成为圣洁(帖前4:3),并在祂的话语中成圣。虽然世界目前正面对着疫情、战争、暴力、天灾,或更多的灾难,但上帝的旨意不会因此而受到阻碍,让上帝的儿女在祂的旨意中坚守,将祂的爱和良善传播到世界上每一个角落。

祷告
主啊,求祢在这土地上建立祢的国度,让祢的光照耀大地,驱走一切黑暗、欺骗、虚假和不公平。宣布祢对这个国家掌权者的审判,以根除所有邪恶、腐败及濫权,让当前的疫情和政治泥潭,不仅揭露邪恶,也彰显祢的公义、爱和救恩,好让人们可以把心房打开,接受耶稣的救恩。阿们。