God’s Kingdom Come, His Will Be Done
Matthew 6:10 (HCSB)
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 16:24–28 (HCSB)
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done. 28 I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
This is a prayer of submission (what does it mean to submit?)
God’s kingdom is one where the citizens are under God’s rule
Prayer should sound like we are citizens (& children) under our Father’s rule
Our “will” leads to self, God’s will leads to life (& true freedom)
When we pray this, we are affirming our trust in God’s power
This is a prayer that Jesus was able to pray & fulfill
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What does it mean to submit to God?
What will your next week look like submitted to God?
What are some of the potential problems of a Kingdom with citizens that won’t submit?
Do you always have to be in control, and get your own way? How would trusting God’s rule help in this area?
Discuss Matthew 16:25, how is this statement true?
Memorize this prayer and use it throughout each day.
“Not my Kingdom but God’s Kingdom, Not my will, but God’s will.”
Every day, submit to a family member’s will over your own (while still honouring God), do it with an attitude that seeks to show them God’s love.