Pray when you see the calendar or write the date that the Lord will use this year to expand His kingdom…
Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV): “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 10:7 (NIV): “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.'”
There is a song that has stood as a kind of anthem for a generation, a message to expand the kingdom of God. Below is portions of an interview from the song writer and I encourage you to listen to the song and then read through, so that we may remember that we are ambassadors of the kingdom today!
Build your Kingdom Here!
The chorus is filled with our prayers for God’s building of His Kingdom which are important to us. The verses are us asking God to prepare our hearts for His work for us.
The idea of “Build Your Kingdom Here” is that wherever you are, at school, at work, at home, that here is exactly where you are right now. God’s Kingdom is His Church. Not, God please build Your Kingdom in Africa. It’s right here, right now. As the body of Christ, our hope is that as churches around the world sing this song, it will be stirring their faith and they’ll live out the Truth of the song.
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We are praying for the Kingdom to come. This song is a prayer, a confession, and a call to action all at the same time. Spiritual warfare is real. We need to do our part to build His Kingdom here. It takes Christians demonstrating their walk with the Lord for people to desire to be part of God’s Kingdom.
This song came from a place of calling the Church back to the place of praying for revival. I feel like we’ve matured, and we must mature beyond just asking for God to come and do stuff. Jesus sent the disciples out in twos to proclaim the Kingdom. It seems the more mature approach is, yes, pray for God to build His Kingdom here, but also say, yes God, I’ll be the hands and feet and I’ll be the vehicle for Him to build His Kingdom.
Listening and singing along with this song is a challenge for believers to live for Jesus and earnestly ask Him: “Set Your church on fire / Win this nation back / Change the atmosphere / Build Your kingdom here we pray.” I’ve personally never stopped praying for a revival, especially as our nation has become more and more secular. Together as the Church, we can start a revival. Let’s win this nation back! Amen to that!
-Gareth Gilkeson, singer and songwriter for the Rend Collective