I’ve failed utterly this week to keep my discipline and promise to post something daily for Lent.
Our church is using the Lord’s Prayer to center our Lenten worship and devotions and I came across this quote from Napoleon Bonaparte today (I am unsure of the source so proceed with caution here!) —
““Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him. ”
Often we want things to happen so we push – we force – we use power to exert influence – etc. But does that bring about the kingdom of God, even in ourselves? To pray “They kingdom come” is to pray for the is kingdom of love to reign in me. And for my feeble attempts to force things to fade away.