1. Hello, listening friends. We’re glad you joined us again.
2. If you have not joined us before, we are in the midst of a series of messages from the Lord's Prayer;
3. and I want to begin today by telling you about something very personal.
4. In 1964, I made an extremely important and crucial decision in my life.
5. In 1964, I publicly announced that I renounced my citizenship in the kingdom of Satan and submitted myself to the Kingdom of God.
6. On that day,
7. I pledged my allegiance to the new Kingdom.
8. I pledged my allegiance to the new King.
9. I pledged my allegiance to His legal authority over me.
10. I willingly surrendered to His constitution.
11. Not only was I invited to live in His Kingdom, when I made that pledge, but I invited His Kingdom to live in me.
12. On that day, when I said "yes" to Jesus, I said, in effect, that His rule over me is supreme.
13. I no longer have control over my life, but He does.
14. I’m no longer the captain of my ship, but He is.
15. I’m no longer the master of my destiny, but He is.
16. I’m no longer the king of my castle, but He is.
17. I’m no longer sovereign over my affairs, but He is;
18. but I have to make a confession to you.
19. From that day on, the real battle began.
20. I found myself, on numerous occasions, trying to take back control,
21. or, I wanted to backtrack on my pledge of allegiance.
22. Sometimes, I found myself trying to bargain and renegotiate that initial commitment;
23. and, sadly, at times, I have to tell you that God, in His gracious and infinite wisdom, said, "Okay, you want to keep control over this area or that area? That’s fine..."
24. and, when I make a mess of things, I come back with bitter tears and say, "Oh God, why did you let me do this?"
25. I wonder how many of you can identify with me.
26. Every single day, God hears from the lips of millions of people throughout the world these words: "Thy Kingdom come..."
27. and, yet, they are uttered with very little comprehension of what is being said,
28. for you cannot say, "Thy Kingdom come," without saying the following to the King:
29. "King, rule supreme in my life.
30. King, dominate my thoughts.
31. King, reign on every member of my body.
32. King, exercise full sovereignty over me.
33. King, let Your program be my preoccupation in life."
34. My listening friends, listen carefully. The King and His Kingdom are inseparable.
35. If you mean to pray "Thy Kingdom come," you are saying to the King, "Take over."
36. In the last broadcast, we saw how praise and adoration decentralized the self.
37. Here, our Lord Jesus is telling us that, when we pray "Thy Kingdom come," we are putting the nail on the coffin of self.
38. Our self-centered prayers focus on our needs, our plans, our aspiration and our understanding.
39. Often, we are like babies who know of no other world except the world of their feelings and their wants.
40. Let me explain something to you, my listening friend.
41. There are basically two kingdoms in this world.
42. There is the kingdom of this worldly system, in which Satan rules;
43. and, then, there is the Kingdom of God, which is the domain of God’s rule over the hearts and the minds of His people.
44. Each one of us is, either, a member of the Kingdom of God, or, the kingdom of this world’s system.
45. There can be no dual citizenship, as far as God is concerned.
46. You cannot serve two masters.
47. You cannot be dominated by two spirits.
48. You cannot have a divided loyalty.
49. You are, either, loyal to the Kingdom of God and His Son,
50. or, the kingdom of this world’s system and its master, Satan.
51. When Pontius Pilate was confusing the two kingdoms, Jesus put him straight and told him, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”
52. Let me ask you a personal question.
53. To which kingdom do you belong?
54. If you genuinely and sincerely pray, "Thy kingdom come," then, you are praying that only Jesus is your King and supreme Ruler over your life.
55. Now, to some people, the concept of God’s absolute sovereignty is difficult to grasp;
56. yet, it is vitally important to comprehend that the Kingdom of God, or the rule of God in the hearts of the followers of Jesus, was the very heart of Jesus’ message.
57. In Luke 4:43, Jesus said,
58. “I am to preach the Kingdom of God.”
59. In Acts 1:3, we read that, for the forty days that Jesus remained on earth after His resurrection, He spoke to His Disciples of the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
60. The Kingdom of God, or the rule of God, is all encompassing.
61. The Kingdom of God is past, which includes Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
62. The Kingdom of God is present in the lives of all those who gladly submit to His rule.
63. It is, also, a future Kingdom where Jesus will rule supreme, not only in our lives, but in the whole new Heaven and new earth.
64. God, now and always, has ruled the Kingdom of the universe.
65. God created it.
66. God controls it.
67. God orders it,
68. and God holds it together;
69. but it is obvious to all of us, right now, that God is not ruling on the earth the way He is ruling in Heaven;
70. so, when we are praying, "Thy Kingdom come," we are saying several things.
71. If you have a pen and paper, try to write these down.
72. First, we are saying, "Lord, may Your rule extend to every area of my life.
73. Lord, may Your rule be supreme in my life."
74. For parents who pray for their children, when they say, "Thy Kingdom come," they are saying, "Lord, may You rule—dominate—the lives of our children.
75. Lord, may Your authority be established in the hearts of our children.
76. Lord, may Your Word be hidden in our children’s hearts.
77. Lord, may Your Kingdom be preeminent in our children’s lives."
78. For those in church leadership, when we pray, "Thy Kingdom come," we are saying, "Lord, may Your program, and not ours, be established in our church.
79. Lord, may Your Word, and not our opinions, be the ultimate Authority.
80. Lord, may Your will be established in our decision-making and planning.
81. Lord, may You be supreme Ruler and the ultimate Authority in our church."
82. Here’s something I don’t want you to ever forget:
83. the core difference between a defeated and dismayed Christian and a vibrant, victorious Christian lies in the fact whether God, by His Spirit, reigns supreme in our lives or not.
84. Well, try to imagine me inviting some friend to come and stay in our house for a few days,
85. and he accepts my invitation;
86. but, upon his arrival, I say to him, "Please feel at home.
87. I want you to have the run of the house.
88. Whatever you want, just help yourself;
89. then, I leave for work;
90. but, before I leave for work,
91. I lock up the refrigerator.
92. I lock up the pantry.
93. I lock up the bathroom.
94. I lock up the dining room.
95. I lock up the living room;
96. so, when he wakes up in the morning, he tries to use the bathroom, but it’s locked;
97. so, he goes down to the kitchen to get something to eat, but the refrigerator and the pantry are locked.
98. He tries to get to the living room, but it’s locked.
99. What kind of a host am I?
100. I tell my guest to come in and feel at home, but I confine him to the guest bedroom.
101. I submit to you that there are so many Christians who invite Jesus into their lives and they are glad to be saved in one area, but they lock Him up in that one area of eternal salvation.
102. It is as if to say to God, "God, when it comes to my business, I know how to do business;" so we lock Him out of our business.
103. When it comes to your relationships,
104. well, we just have to be practical; so you lock Him out of your relationships.
105. When it comes to our money,
106. we say, "We just have lots of expenses and we cannot do much for God…;"
107. so, you lock Him out of your finances.
108. When it comes to what we read, or watch on television, or listen to, well, we just have to be informed;
109. so, we lock Him out of our minds;
110. but, when you pray, "Thy Kingdom come," you are saying, "No area in my life is off limits."
111. The second way to pray, "Thy Kingdom come," is when we pray for the unsaved.
112. At that point, you are saying, "Lord, may the souls that are lost turn and believe in You.
113. Lord, may those who are Your enemies, and the enemies of the Gospel, repent.
114. Lord, may those who are under Satan’s rule turn to You, and seek Your rule in their lives.
115. Lord, may those who are citizens of the kingdom of Satan become the citizens of the Kingdom of God.
116. Lord, may those who are deluded, thinking themselves to be Christians simply because they go to church, be delivered from their delusion and come under Your authority.
117. Lord, may You increase the number of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven on this earth."
118. To pray, "Thy Kingdom come," is to say, "Lord, we know that there is absolutely nothing more important in life than to be a citizen of Your Kingdom."
119. To pray, "Thy Kingdom come," you are saying, "Lord, we know that all of our efforts and all of our good works are in vain without You."
120. The third thing we are saying, when we pray, "Thy Kingdom come," is longing for His Second Coming.
121. If you don’t long for Heaven,
122. if you don’t long for the return of the Lord,
123. then, think again about praying, "Thy Kingdom come," because that is what you are saying.
124. We are not the master of our temple; we are only doorkeepers.
125. Our job is to ensure that the doors of the temple are closed to defilement.
126. There is no use praying "Thy Kingdom come," unless you are intending to be an alert gatekeeper.
127. The Kingdom of God is not a geographical domain. It is an inner condition of mind and will and spirit in which God’s will becomes my will,
128. especially when I say, "Thy Kingdom come."
129. Some of you, my listening friends, may not have taken on the citizenship of the Kingdom of God.
130. There may be some who think that they can have dual citizenship—one foot in the world and one foot with God.
131. Whatever your condition may be, you can come to the Lord today;
132. and you can ask Him to take full control of your life.
133. Until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing.