Nov 5, 2012

Prayer: Your Kingdom Come

Here’s a wonderful prayer of petition and intercession about the Kingdom of God from John van de Laar’s Sacredise.com website.

Prayer: Your Kingdom Come

May your Kingdom come soon. 
May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

The Kingdom of God is at hand – You proclaimed it, Jesus;
   But, it often feels like it’s a million miles away.
You demonstrated its grace and showed its power,
   but the signs often appear faded or absent in our world.

We need Your Kingdom to come, O God,
   in all its fullness, in all its glory;
This waiting, this “now and not yet” experience of Your reign
   is hard and frustrating.

And so we pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our lives,
   turning our sickness and sin, our brokenness and fear
   into friendship and compassion, wholeness and joy.
May Your Kingdom come to us now.

We pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our neighbourhoods,
   turning our division and suspicion, our judgement and our competition
   into fellowship and care, compassion and service.
May Your Kingdom come to us now.

We pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our world,
   turning our war and our disparities, our consumption and our self-interest
   into peace and collaboration, stewardship and reverence.
May Your Kingdom come to us now.

Your Kingdom is here, and it is coming, O God.
Make us faithful heralds of its message
   and tireless practitioners of its ways.
For Jesus sake.
Amen.

~ written by John van de Laar (copyright © 2008), and posted on his excellent website, Sacredise.comVisit that site for many other resources for worship.