By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor
“Jesus replied, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, “Here it is,” or “There it is,” because the kingdom of God is in your midst.'”
– Luke 17:20b-21
Think about what Jesus’ ministry actually looks like. He didn’t just go around praying with people, asking them to convert and believe in him so they could go to heaven when they die. Jesus went around healing people’s bodies, freeing people from demon possession, teaching people how to live life, how to live better in society, and how to be more loving in the way they treat people now.
Jesus taught us that every time we pray, we ought to say these words: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” Want to finish this? On where? “On earth as it is in heaven.” Not only that, he wants us to say that every time we pray.
Jesus wants us to ask God to bring heaven to earth. Jesus wants us to ask God, “Lord, let everything that’s going on in heaven happen on earth. People are not hungry in heaven, are not sick in heaven, are not afraid in heaven, are not war torn in heaven, don’t hate each other in heaven, but glorify you in heaven.”
All of those things that are happening in heaven, Jesus taught us to ask every day, every time we pray, every time we bow our heads that what’s in heaven would happen here on earth, in our bodies, in our midst, right now. That’s the message of the gospel – that Jesus came to save this world in which we live.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so blessed to live in your kingdom on earth. I pray that what is happening in heaven is what I experience here on earth. Amen.
Reflection: What things that happen in heaven do you want to happen here on earth, as well?