We continue our blog series on the Lord’s Prayer called “In Limonada as it is in Heaven,”
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
This begs the question: “What is God’s Kingdom and what is it like?”
We get a good picture of what God’s Kingdom is like in Revelation 21:
“Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. Grief, crying and pain will be no more…”
As a people who believe in Jesus, we believe that this is what the future looks like for the world. One day, the Messiah will return and make all things new. The broken parts of the world that we feel so viscerally everyday will be healed.
We pray that we would experience the realities of this future Kingdom now. That senseless death would cease… That violence would not be the way of the world… That there would be no need for tears, no need for pain and that grief would be wholly unnecessary.
For our friends in La Limonada, who experience the realities of tears, grief, crying, pain and death everyday, this prayer meets them right where they are. Everyday they feel the need for God to dwell with and among his people. Everyday they feel the need for God to come heal the broken parts of their community.
The truth is, we know that Jesus is with us. That He has defeated death in the cross and the resurrection. That He is making all things new. That we are his people and He has not deserted us.
And so we pray:
God, continue to be with your people in La Limonada. Let them see, experience and feel your presence everyday. Let them know that they are Yours and You are theirs.
God, as our friends in La Limonada face the realities of our broken world, may you give them hope that you have not deserted them and may they be Your presence in their community.
God, as our friends in La Limonada face the realities of violence, bring peace and give them the strength to be peacemakers in their community.
God, our friends in La Limonada face the realities of death and sickness, turn their grief into comfort and their mourning into joy. Give them also the strength to be comforters to those who need comforting in their community.
God, for your people in La Limonada…
May your Kingdom come to their daily lives.
May they be the presence of the Kingdom in the community.
May your will be done in La Limonada as it is in heaven.
Put your prayers into action:
As we pray for God’s will to be done in La Limonada, we are aware that His people there are the working out of that presence everyday. We have a beautiful community of Guatemalan teachers, volunteers, nursers, counselors, staff and helpers working in the Academies. Their salaries and livelihoods are dependent on your generous contributions.
As you pray for God’s presence, we encourage you to to pray specifically for a teacher by name. You can view a list of our teachers here.
As you choose a teacher to pray for our teachers we also encourage you to prayerfully consider sponsoring a teacher at $50 or $100 per month.