“Every kingdom needs a king who leads and makes decisions for and about those under his rule. Is Jesus your King? Does Christ make the decisions by which you run your life?
Every kingdom has laws by which the citizens live. When you become a citizen of the Kingdom of heaven, you agree to abide by the Ten Commandments: no stealing, no lying, no murder, no adultery, no coveting. The most important of the Commandments is to love and honor God above all else and to love your neighbor as yourself (see Matt. 22:37-40).
Every kingdom needs a purpose, a unifying vision. Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NLT). Because Jesus is our King, we must live for Him and put Him first in all that we do. We live by the laws of the King and we live to please the King. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matt. 6:33, NLT).
A kingdom offers privileges to its citizens. If Jesus is your King, you have the privilege of calling on Him at any time. He will answer your prayers. When you get into trouble, He will come to help you. “In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles” (Ps. 34:6, NLT). You also have the privilege of the King’s presence. While most kings sit on the throne, far removed from the average citizen, Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20, NLT).
A kingdom offers its citizens protection. No matter where you go, your citizenship in God’s kingdom affords you the protection of the King. He will defend you from attack. “The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever” (Ps. 121:7-8, NLT).
Today when you pray, “Thy kingdom come,” pray that it will come in your life in a real and powerful way. You are a citizen of heaven—starting living like it!
Excerpt From: Elmer L. Towns. “Fasting with the Lord’s Prayer.”
Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-12
Memory Verse: “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him: (Matthew 2:2, NKJV).