A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way
that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.
The doing of God:
The glory of God:
Jesus said to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world.
The implications of our salvation: Paul writes to the Colossians: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Jesus says to Nicodemus that new birth is the only way to enter God’s kingdom. This tells us a lot about the nature of biblical conversion. It is not saying a prayer. It is receiving Jesus as Lord or to use the words of Peter: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…
The conversion of our neighbours:
The content of our preaching:
Increase our number: We pray that sinners will enter into God’s kingdom.
Increase our power: The apostles in a time of persecution pray that God would grant to his servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We pray for God to give us strength in our duties.
Increase our faithfulness: By these words, your kingdom come, we show that as a church we want to be faithful to Jesus.
Text: Matthew 17: 24 – 27 ….. However, not to give offence to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.(ESV)
A. “Hallowed be your name” means: Help us to truly know you, to honour, glorify, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth.
And it means, Help us to direct all our living—what we think, say, and do—so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us but always honoured and praised.
Text: Matthew 17: 22 – 23 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.(ESV)
Text: Matthew 6: 9 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (ESV)
Q. 120 Why did Christ command us to call God “our Father”?
To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer what should be basic to our prayer—a childlike reverence and trust that through Christ God has become our Father, and that just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith.
Q. 121 Why the words “in heaven”?
A. These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to expect everything needed for body and soul from God’s almighty power.