FAITHFUL WORDS Dr. Kenneth L. Faught A Father with a Kingdom “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). What does (did) your father do? He may be a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a minister, a fireman, a policeman, a banker, a scientist, an accountant, or one of hundreds of other professions. Our heavenly Father is King. He has a kingdom, and he is the Ruler. So, we are taught to pray, “”Thy kingdom come.” Praying the Lord’s Prayer helps us to remember the Father’s kingdom. This kingdom was a central theme of Jesus’ teaching. He said, “The kingdom of God is within you” and “the kingdom of God is not of this world” and the kingdom of God is a kingdom of peace. The kingdom of God refers to the rule of God in the human heart. This is where our chief allegiance belongs. Praying the Lord’s Prayer helps us to seek the Father’s will. This is the individual Christian’s petition and the petition of the church: “Thy will be done.” John Wesley said we are to strive to do God’s will “willingly, continually, and perfectly.” William Barclay pointed out that we may submit to his will with a sense of resignation, a sense of resentment, or with love and trust. God’s will is not some short-cut to health, wealth, and prosperity. It may sometimes even lead to difficulty and suffering, as in the case of Jesus who prayed “Thy will be done” just hours before the cross. Praying the Lord’s Prayer helps us to realize the Father’s domain. We are to recognize and seek his will “on earth” as “in heaven.” What is God’s claim upon earth? He is Creator, Owner, sustainer, and Master! A favorite Christian hymn declares, “Joy to the world . . . let earth receive her King!” What is God’s claim in heaven? He is the Supreme Being, Ruler, and Potentate! There, behind the pearly gates and down the streets of gold, on the throne of the universe, is God – “Our Father who art in heaven”. George Handel captured the words from The Revelation and set them to music: “And he shall reign forever and ever, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, forever, and ever. Hallelujah! Amen!” Dr. Faught is Pastor of The LaFollette United Methodist Church.