Over the past, almost five months, concern over Coronavirus has almost crippled the world economy, shut down businesses, schools, churches, and convalescent homes and shortened pro sports seasons, among other things. There has been too much death (which we grieve over), along with the vast majority of those infected, who have recovered. This pestilence has affected everyone’s lives. It is quite amazing how a virus can impact us in such drastic ways.
We must not let this drive us to a crippling fear any longer. If there is one thing we need during this time, it is the perspective of the Kingdom of Heaven. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus instructs his disciples (and His Church) to pray: Thy kingdom come. One definition of the Kingdom is: God’s people in God’s place, under God’s rule. It is a spiritual reality that offers healing, deliverance, transformed hearts and minds, justice, and peace.
And for all who love Jesus, we yearn for his kingdom to come fully. It is through prayer – thy kingdom come – that the Holy Spirit lifts us up, above the earthly tragedies, to see the coming kingdom expanding on the horizon. What stops us from praying this and fully realizing the presence of the kingdom could be our preoccupation with survival mode, and protecting our own little kingdom.
David Cederquist, a pastor and police chaplain says, “A cry for “thy kingdom come” is a cry of repentance from people who desperately need to see from God’s perspective.
We can take encouragement from Jesus, and pray with confidence – thy kingdom come. We can ask God to reveal to us the beauty and majesty above the pandemic, above the tragedy, above the fear that we face in this world. We belong to God. He knows the beginning and the end (Job 1:21). He will be faithful to accomplish the plan he has for us. Disease and illness are a part of this world, but they are not the end of the story. Because of Christ, these things have no lasting power.
As we pray together to God – thy kingdom come – in this anxious time, may the Holy Spirit open our eyes to the coming and present kingdom – to experience God’s presence and peace as we wait upon the Lord. And let us live boldly for Him.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
In Him, Pastor Tim
PS: We will share communion on August 2 during our 10 a.m. time of worship. Come join us at church if you can, or you will be able to listen to the audio or watch the video, and share in the Lord’s Supper at that time