The Kingdom of God is at hand – You proclaimed it, Jesus;

But, it often feels like it’s a million miles away.

You demonstrated its grace and showed its power,

but the signs often appear faded or absent in our world.

 

We need Your Kingdom to come, O God,

in all its fullness, in all its glory;

This waiting, this “now and not yet” experience of Your reign

is hard and frustrating.

 

And so we pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our lives,

turning our sickness and sin, our brokenness and fear

into friendship and compassion, wholeness and joy.

May Your Kingdom come to us now.

 

We pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our neighbourhoods,

turning our division and suspicion, our judgement and our competition

into fellowship and care, compassion and service.

May Your Kingdom come to us now.

 

We pray for Your Kingdom to be revealed in our world,

turning our war and our disparities, our consumption and our self-interest

into peace and collaboration, stewardship and reverence.

May Your Kingdom come to us now.

 

Your Kingdom is here, and it is coming, O God.

Make us faithful heralds of its message

and tireless practitioners of its ways.

For Jesus sake.

Amen.

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