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In general, it is easy to recite the words that we see written in the Bible.  Most Christians know the prayer that the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray as the Lord’s Prayer, and it is recited weekly in congregations around the world.  But have you given thought to what the Lord was instructing His disciples to pray?  What does “Thy Kingdom Come” mean?  Were the disciples being instructed to pray that God’s kingdom be set up upon this earth?  That would seem to contradict the very words of Christ Himself, when He said that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36)  If this is not an earthly kingdom, then where were the disciples asking that it come?  All we know is life here on this earth.  Perhaps, when the Lord Jesus instructed the disciples to pray “Thy Kingdom Come,” He was implying that the kingdom was to be revealed to them in their lives.  Is it possible that this prayer was given to the disciples because they believed that Jesus is the Christ?  In other words, only those who believe that God fulfilled his promise in Christ Jesus would be able to pray this prayer.  Perhaps it is not a request at all; perhaps it is a declaration. “God, your Kingdom has come in the form of Christ Jesus.  What you have promised, you brought to pass.  God, what you intended has occurred.  Indeed, your will has been accomplished.”  This is not a prayer of hope; it is a declaration of praise given to those who not only believe that Jesus is the Christ, but submit to His will.  If we pray this prayer today, we should do so with much joy, as we are declaring that God brought to pass that which He promised in his covenants of promise to Israel.  We are declaring that the long awaited hope was made manifest in Christ Jesus.  We are rejoicing because God indeed did fulfill his promise!

20 Vallotton Galatians 03 Carry one another s burden ...........Portez les fardeaux les uns des autres.......... Good news bible  Collins Fontana 1976 British and foreign bible societies 146 Queen Victoria Street London Annie Vallotton drawings

Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
One of the distinguishing characteristics in true Christianity is longsuffering.  “Love suffers long.”  Indeed, did not Christ suffer long with His disciples?
Mark 9:17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
It is always easier in this life to point to the weaker one and say “I am glad I am not where there.”  We would like to think that we have graduated from that point.  We would like to think that we have gone on and reached higher pinnacles.  The truth is, we have not.  When I am not able to bear the failings of those in the faith who may not be where I am, I am showing that I am immature in the faith.  Perhaps God has placed this person in my life in order to show this person true love in demonstration, as opposed to merely hearing about it in a service:
1 Cor. 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
The kingdom of God does not operate the way this imperfect world operates.  I cannot take an earthly principle, which is at best corrupt, and think that I can apply it in a kingdom situation.  That is contamination, the kind which God will not allow.  I am, rather, to take kingdom principles and apply them in earthly situations.  If I, then, see a brother or sister who is struggling, my kingdom duty is to bear with that brother or sister.  Do not be fooled: if you cannot bear with the failings of a weaker brother or sister, you don’t truly love.  Here is the litmus test of love toward your brother or sister: Can you truly bear with the failings of those who are weaker in the faith?