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Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

6/28/17

Teach Us To Worship, Your Kingdom Come

Sunday we considered what it means to pray, "Hallowed be your name." Since our petitions are shaped by our desires, the petition asks God to align our hearts to his glory. The catechism says we're asking God to "enable and incline us" to him. We're also praying that God would glorify his name in the world through his works on our behalf. King Nebuchadnezzar had no respect for God until he came into contact with him through Daniel and his friends. Daniel introduces the king to the living God, and it isn't long until Nebuchadnezzar says, "I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation..." (Daniel 4:34b-35). In large part, the petition is that God would use us to glorify him on the earth.

This Sunday we'll consider the second petition, "your Kingdom come." First, it teaches us that God has a kingdom. Scripture teaches us that God rules all that he has created. It might seem that there is no reason to pray for his kingdom if he rules over all, but there is a competing kingdom under the control of evil. The second petition asks God to conquer that kingdom. Every day God controls and counters the forces of evil. Evil people thought they were stamping out the kingdom of Christ by slaying him, but they were actually playing into God's hand, advancing his kingdom through his redemptive plan. This is the power of the sovereign God.

Conquering the kingdom of evil will culminate on the day of Christ's return, but it's being overcome every day through God's saving grace. Each day lives are changed by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, The kingdom is represented by the Church, the gathering of hearts ruled by God. For us, the kingdom of God has risen in our hearts like the early morning sun, but someday it will be noon, and the kingdom will be here in its fullness. As we hope in that day, we live in the light of his grace today.

It's in this vein that Christ urges us, saying, "seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness." So, come Sunday, and let's consider what it means to pray for God's Kingdom.

 ~Pastor Tim