Q. What does the second petition mean?
A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you (1). Preserve your church and make it grow (2). Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word (3). Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all (4).
Read: (1) Ps. 119:5, 105; 143:10; Matt. 6:33; (2) Ps. 122:6-9; Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:42-47; (3) Rom. 16:20; 1 John 3:8; (4) Rom. 8:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:28; Rev. 22:17, 20.
Have you ever felt so deeply broken and so sad that your only cry is “come Jesus”? Injustice, suffering, pain, death…we know that these should not be. Something within ourselves cries out in despair please, someone, do something and we find that only Jesus can and will end all of this agony. And that is where our cry “thy Kingdom come” takes root. But what if this petition means more? Let’s study question 122 of The Heidelberg Catechism to understand.
You and I are faced with much pain and suffering in our lives. We experience them as sickness and divorce, as anxiety and depression. All of us know first hand what suffering is. On the same level, we experience it as a body. We see and experience violence in our communities. Robberies, kidnappings, rape, war. As Christians, the pain doesn’t become lesser, it just becomes hope filled. Even though we know it is not the way it’s supposed to be, Jesus knows, Jesus listens and Jesus conquers. As we cry out “your Kingdom come” we decry our hope that He understands and that when He comes evil will be no more. But our cry doesn’t end in our hope. It also ends in our actions.
We have forgotten the power that we have as children of The King. We have forgotten our calling as the church. As ambassadors, as daughters of The King! God has called us into a rescue mission. We can do because He has done. So while we wait for the full realization of His Kingdom, it is our duty and privilege to hold the lines. Sister, we are called and we are fierce; we are loyal and thus we charge! Our call for “thy Kingdom come” is a call to action where imitating Christ, we bring joy and hope in a sad and hopeless world. Under God’s sovereign rule we submit in a way that shows our humble dependence of Him but in our submission we act in joyful obedience and bring glimpses of His Kingdom as we want for final Kingdom fulfillment.
So dear sister, when you pray “your kingdom come” are you simply decrying your hope in the future fulfillment of God’s Kingdom? Or are you also taking your God given responsibility of being Kingdom bringer where everywhere you go brings glorious glimpses of the reality of our hope? And if you are not yet being a Kingdom bringer, will you pray to see ways where you can spread the joy and love of Christ in your community?
In joyous obedience.