HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE

Swords to Plowshares
Swords into Plowshares (Image slide: Published by Edgar Henry)

 

Matthew 6:10 (New Living Translation) – May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

 

In teaching his followers how to pray, Jesus asked them to begin not with their physical needs, but with a request to God to come and rule the earth. Jesus therefore asked his followers to pray ‘May your kingdom come soon.’

As Jews, the kingdom of God was good news, because the book of the Prophet Isaiah explains that the rule of God on earth, will bring peace on earth, will bring prosperity and abundance for everyone, and will bring justice and fairness.

We read for example in Isaiah 9:6 (New Living Translation) – For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

We also read about how life will be when God rules the earth in Isaiah 11:8 (New Living Translation) – The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

While there have been many outstanding men and women leaders on earth from the past to the present, there have also been many brutal dictators. While life on earth has been excellent for a few, it has been a struggle for the greater majority of people. The Biblical solution is – may your Kingdom O God come soon.

As we work hard in our daily jobs, as we responsibly care for our families, and extend a helping hand to our friends, neighbors and communities, lets also pray often – may your Kingdom come soon, merciful and gracious God, Amen! 

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