When we say, ďThy Kingdom come,Ē we are recognizing that life on earth will not always be the way it is now. No matter what is going on in our lives, good or bad, it is a temporary situation. When we say, ďThy Kingdom come,Ē we are welcoming Godís rule and reign to begin here and now. We are saying, your kingdom, oh God, is the better way. We are eagerly waiting for Godís kingdom to come, when sin and suffering will be no more.
The second part of this sentence, ďThy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,Ē asks that Godís will would be done here on earth, just as it is done in heaven. Heaven is a wonderful and perfect place. Pain, suffering, and wrongdoing do not exist in heaven. Godís will is always done there. There are no tears, sickness, sadness, or pain in heaven. Jesus wants his followers to ask for Godís will to be done on earth and then to do Godís will on earth.
Discuss: How do you suppose Godís will is done on earth? (By his obedient followers.) When you think of a servant, what comes to mind? (A servant is someone who works to obey the commands of his or her master or boss. In Jesusí day, and many times in our day, a servant was not considered as important as other people were. One of the jobs of a lowly servant in Jesusí day was to wash peopleís feet before they entered their masterís home. This was necessary because people wore sandals and walked on dusty roads.)
Read John 13:1-17 from a child-friendly