The Second Petition
It is a mistake to think of God’s kingdom as just a place. The whole earth is the Lord’s and the heavens too. The Bible uses the term to refer to Christ’s ruling activity, his “reigning” in people’s hearts through their faith in him. “When you pray, say: ‘ . . . Your kingdom come’” (Luke 11:2).
When you utter that powerful prayer, you are urging on the Holy Spirit to do his wonderful work of creating and strengthening faith in more and more people’s hearts. You are also committing yourself to that mission as his field representative.
I guess you could say that this petition is a mission prayer. You are praying that hell will be emptier and heaven fuller. You are praying that the Spirit will claim minds and hearts where the darkness of Satan used to lie like a poisonous night fog. You are praying that people who are born, live, and die slaves of sin and Satan will become citizens of the kingdom of the light of Christ.
Every material thing that you can touch with your hands will soon be taken from you as you die. The only thing you can take with you to heaven is people. Pray for them. Help them find out how wonderful it is to belong to King Jesus.
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