Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #3
Petition: Your kingdom come
God’s coming kingdom is evidenced by the conversion of sinners.
In this petition we are praying for the unlimited rule of God within his people. We are praying that God will expel us and all people from the rule of Satan’s kingdom, self rule, fear rule, and the rule of false hopes. We are praying that God will rule in our hearts by his Son.
We are praying for God to convert sinners from among Jews and Gentiles all around the earth. We are praying they will be transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of the beloved Son through the preaching of his gospel. We are praying for the powerful preaching of the gospel in every pulpit where the Triune God is named We are praying for particular people and peoples to be born again by the Spirit of God.
We are praying for God’s rule and his church’s submission. We are praying for a modern reformation that begins in the heart of God’s church around the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are praying for a people who are continually committed to God’s rule in their hearts and according to his Word.
We are praying for the consummation of God’s kingdom in and through the Son. We are praying for the final day of his coming again in power and glory. We are praying that we will long for that day and see him in that day by faith. And that his unshakeable kingdom will affect us and his church in the present.
Martin Luther wrote, “Convert those who are still to become children and members of your kingdom so that they with us and we with them may serve you in your kingdom in true faith and unfeigned love and that from your kingdom which has begun, we may enter into your eternal kingdom.”
Reference Catechism Questions:
Shorter Catechism Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come (Matt 6:10), we pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed (Ps 68:1, 18; Matt 12:25-28†; Rom 16:20†; 1 John 3:8†); and the kingdom of grace may be advanced (Ps 51:18†; 72:8–11†; Matt 24:14†; 1 Cor 15:24-25†; Rev 12:10-11), ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it (Ps 119:5†; 2 Thess 3:1; Luke 22:32†; John 17:9, 20; Rom 10:1); and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened (Rev 22:20).
Larger Catechism Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition, (which is, Thy kingdom come [Matt 6:10; Luke 11:2†],) acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan (Eph 2:2-3), we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed (Ps 68:1, 18; Rev 12:10-11), the gospel propagated throughout the world (2 Thess 3:1; Ps 67:2†), the Jews called (Rom 10:1), the fulness of the Gentiles brought in (John 17:9, 20; Rom 11:25-26; Ps 67); the church furnished with all gospel-officers and ordinances (Matt 9:38; 2 Thess 3:1), purged from corruption (Mal 1:11; Zeph 3:9; Eph 5:26-27†), countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate (1 Tim 2:1-2; Isa 49:23†): that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted (Acts 4:29-30; 26:18†; Eph 6:18-20; Rom 15:29-30, 32; 2 Cor 4:2†; 2 Thess 1:11; 2:16-17): that Christ would rule in our hearts here (Eph 3:14-20; Col 3:15†), and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for ever (Rev 22:20; 2 Tim 2:12†; 2 Pet 3:12†): and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends (2 Chr 20:6, 10-12†; Ps 45:3-4†; Isa 64:1-2; Rev 4:8-11).
Heidelberg Catechism Q. 123. What is the second petition?
A. Thy kingdom come (Matt 6:10†). That is: So govern us by thy Word and Spirit that we may submit ourselves unto thee always more and more (Matt 6:33; Ps 86:11†; 119:5; 119:105†; 143:10); preserve and increase thy Church (Ps 51:18; 102:14-15†; 122:6–7; Matt 16:18†; Acts 2:42-47†); destroy the works of the devil, every power that exalteth itself against thee, and all wicked devices formed against thy holy Word (1 John 3:8; Rom 16:20), until the full coming of thy kingdom (Rev 22:17, 20; Rom 8:22-23), (d) wherein thou shalt be all in all (1 Cor 15:28).
Praying the petitions of the Lord's Prayer catches our prayers up into the Priorities of our God. This is how our Lord will find faith on the earth as we humbly submit to all he can and wants to do through prayer.