Thursday, June 16, 2016

Petition Two: Your Kingdom Come

Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come, we pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.

When we pray for God's kingdom to come, it gives us hope that the ugly death and hatred going on all around us is not how it will always be.  Jesus will come back and establish his Kingdom on earth for all eternity.  Evil will be no more, and there will be no more dying or disobeying God.

At the same time, as we pray for God to send his Kingdom and send it soon, we also should be working to make it as much possible now before he returns.  We should fight abortion, prevent the government from destroying innocent lives, encourage young people to not follow their hearts but to follow the Lord when it come to sexuality, and comfort people who grieve and are questioning God.  And we must make disciples of the Lord who follow his commands.  Help save people from damnation by warning them of their errors while at the same time knowing God ultimately saves and not me.

Also, we simply must not despair as another major shooting happened and evil seems to be triumphing.  In the end, it will not win, and indeed, it has already been lost.  Along with the first petition of the Lord's prayer, we must seek to hallow God's name and bring about his Kingdom and Glory.

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