Sermon: Are we really ready to pray? (Continued) Matthew 6:9-15

Truth Taught- God desires that His Kingdom come and His reign seen on all the earth as it is currently in heaven. 

Introduction

Prayer

Matthew 6:5–15 (ESV) 

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: 

       “Our Father in heaven, 

       hallowed be your name. 

10    Your kingdom come, 

       your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

11    Give us this day our daily bread, 

12    and forgive us our debts, 

as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

13    And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 

1. God’s Kingdom Has an Eternal King, Jesus Christ

Psalm 10:16 (ESV) 

16    The Lord is king forever and ever; 

the nations perish from his land. 

Psalm 47:2 (ESV) 

   For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, 

a great king over all the earth.

Psalm 103:19 (ESV)

19    The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, 

and his kingdom rules over all. 

In many places, the Bible declares that the Lord is King of all creation.  He rules with a mighty hand over all that is His.  No one can overthrow this Great King.  No one can thwart His decrees.  No one can successfully fight against Him.  All scheming and planning to go against Him will always end up in ruin.

Psalm 2:1–6 (ESV) 

Why do the nations rage 

and the peoples plot in vain? 

   The kings of the earth set themselves, 

and the rulers take counsel together, 

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 

   “Let us burst their bonds apart 

and cast away their cords from us.” 

   He who sits in the heavens laughs; 

the Lord holds them in derision.

   Then he will speak to them in his wrath, 

and terrify them in his fury, saying, 

   “As for me, I have set my King 

on Zion, my holy hill.” 

During the days when Isaiah prophesied in Judah he was faced with a great dilemma.  The great King Uzziah of Judah had reigned from the time he was 16 years old for 52 years over the nation.  He was the King over Judah.  He was the only king most living had ever known.  He was the only king Isaiah had known.  There is something about God’s timing because it was immediately after Uzziah died that Isaiah was called to be a prophet.  God would give Isaiah a vision of the real King who reigns over not only Judah but all the nations.  

Isaiah 6:1–5 (ESV)

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: 

       “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 

       the whole earth is full of his glory!” 

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 

Who did Isaiah see that day in the temple sitting on the throne of heaven?  Who were the angels singing to?  Whose robe was so long that it filled the temple?  Whose glory did he see?  Writing about the glory of Jesus Christ the Apostle John wrote these words…

John 12:41 (ESV) 
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 

So, if Isaiah was going to be the prophet of God, the Great King he needed to see this Great King sitting on His throne.  King Uzziah was dead but the Eternal King was still seated securely on the throne.    

2.  King Jesus Rules and Reigns Over His Kingdom

On earth we are not used to the idea of an eternal Monarch.  We experience presidents come and go.  Kings and queens come and go.  Empires and world powers come and go.  During OT history we saw the Great Babylon that looked like it would last forever but it’s just a memory.  Centuries later the Roman Empire looked invincible but it too has faded into nothing.  God’s Kingdom and God’s King are different, both are everlasting.

Psalm 145:13 (ESV)

13    Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 

and your dominion endures throughout all generations. 

       [The Lord is faithful in all his words 

and kind in all his works.] 

The OT anticipated this eternal kingdom that is led by the Messiah King.  God’s King is place on the throne by God, Himself  

Psalm 2:6 (ESV) 

   “As for me, I have set my King 

on Zion, my holy hill.” 

We are living in an age of unhindered evil.  Many people are simply making up the rules and when those ideals and rules differ from the current ones their response is to destroy things that remind them that we have a history of a civil society.  Everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.  Chaos and rage are reigning.  King Jesus will have an entirely different Kingdom.  King Jesus will reign for eternity in truth and righteousness not chaos and rage.

Isaiah 9:7 (ESV) 

   Of the increase of his government and of peace 

there will be no end, 

       on the throne of David and over his kingdom, 

to establish it and to uphold it

       with justice and with righteousness 

from this time forth and forevermore. 

       The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. 

Jesus’ Kingdom is marked by goodness, wisdom, understanding, counsel and power. 

Isaiah 11:2–5 (ESV) 

   And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, 

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the Spirit of counsel and might,

the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 

   And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. 

       He shall not judge by what his eyes see, 

or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 

   but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, 

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; 

       and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 

and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 

   Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,

and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 

3.  The Effects of Rule and Reign of King Jesus

Eternal Peace

There will be no more war, fighting, death or destruction.  Jesus will usher in eternal peace.  Here’s how Isaiah pictures the peace that is to come when Jesus’ Kingdom comes…

Isaiah 11:6–9 (ESV) 

   The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, 

and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, 

       and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; 

and a little child shall lead them. 

   The cow and the bear shall graze; 

their young shall lie down together; 

and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 

   The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, 

and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 

   They shall not hurt or destroy 

in all my holy mountain; 

       for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea. 

Eden Restored
Revelation 22 reveals that the opportunity for God’s people to eat of the tree of life is not gone forever. Instead, the tree of life is gloriously planted in the center of the greater garden to come. In Eden, the trees bore fruit in their season, which means once a year. 

Revelation 22:1–7 (ESV) 

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” 

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 

But in the new and better Eden, the tree of life yields a new crop of fruit every month. In Eden, the tree of life grew in the midst of the garden. But in the new Eden, the tree of life grows on either side of the river. It seems to have multiplied and expanded, implying that everyone will have access to it; all will be welcome to eat their fill. And it’s not just the fruit that will feed us; the leaves of this tree will heal us. In fact, they will heal everything.

Sometimes we hear the story of the Bible told as Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration. But as good as Eden was, we’re not merely headed back to Eden as it once was. The story of the Bible is Creation-Fall-Redemption-Consummation. We’re looking forward to a home that will be even better than Eden.

King Jesus will bring Eden and the Garden with Him.  Rather than Eden being in one place, it will extend to the ends of the earth as the Messiah reigns.

Psalm 86:9–10 (ESV) 

   All the nations you have made shall come 

and worship before you, O Lord, 

and shall glorify your name. 

10    For you are great and do wondrous things; 

you alone are God. 

This is but a glimpse of Jesus’ Kingdom and His reign.  We have looked at what His Kingdom is, what it will do, How He will reign and rule, how the Old Testament predicts it and shows us the Messiah King who will sit on the throne.  We know all this and much more is contained in God’s glorious Kingdom that He say’s will one day fill the earth.  All nations will come to Him and all nations will find healing in the Tree of Life.  He says I will do this…Now Pray!

10    Your kingdom come, 

       your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

4.  The Return of King Jesus

The early Church had a phrase they used all the time…

1 Corinthians 16:21–24 (ESV) 

21 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. 22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. 

The Greek word is Maranatha…Come Lord Jesus.  

Revelation 22:20 (ESV) 

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 

It’s the theme of… 

Philippians 3:20 (ESV) 

20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 

There’s a lot about His second coming that we do not know.  I know this…

His coming will be personal (everyone will see Him), physical (not a phantom but a Person), visible (not a mystery any more), sudden (many won’t be expecting it), glorious, and will bring in His glorious Kingdom and we will always be with the Lord.  The King of all nations the Lord of all people,  He truly is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

10    Your kingdom come, 

       your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

*Resources Used:

Matthew by D A Carson in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary

A Theology of Matthew by Charles Quarles

A Gospel of Matthew by France

Matthew by Craig Bloomberg

Matthew by Doriani

Matthew by Charles Price

Matthew by Leon Morris

Blue Letter Bible

The Lord’s Prayer for Today by Derek Prime

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