In today's article, we continue to look at Luke 11:1-4 and the Lord's Prayer. Two weeks ago we saw how Jesus is simply teaching the disciples how to pray the Bible. And then last week we made a few preliminary observations about the priority and pattern of prayer. This week we are going to zero in on the second petition, "Your kingdom come."

And I want to suggest to you that if you pray this prayer rightly there will be four ways in which you manifest your prayer, "Your kingdom come." It will be a prayer of destruction, a prayer of construction, a prayer of conversion, and a prayer of completion. Let me explain what I mean by that.

I. A Prayer of Destruction - Satan's Kingdom Would Be Destroyed

So the first thing we do is we pray that Satan's kingdom would be destroyed. Any concern that we have to see God's kingdom built up, to see the church built up, necessarily requires opposition to Satan's power because what is the biggest threat to the building up of the church. What is the biggest threat to the advancement of the kingdom? The world, the flesh, and the devil. And so if you want to see the church built up, if you want to see God's kingdom expand, what has to happen? The world, the flesh, and the devil have to be assaulted.

So let's do that right now. Let's just practice this together. Let's pray, "Your kingdom come," and let's pray with a view to the destructive work of God in the building of His kingdom. Let's pray.

Heavenly Father, we are painfully aware that there are great enemies in this world set up against Your rule, against Your name, against Your glory: the world, the flesh, and the devil. We pray, O Lord, that You would bring down satanic strongholds. We pray that You would prevail against the worldly system which worships the creature rather than the Creator and especially Lord we pray that You would win against the flesh, against our flesh, for we have seen the enemy and it is us. So we ask, O Lord, that Your reign would be unchecked. And we pray that even Satan himself, though he would sift us as wheat, would be held in check. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.



II. A Prayer of Construction - That God's Kingdom Would Be Built

So if we're going to pray, "Your kingdom come," we're going to pray that Satan's kingdom would be destroyed but we're also going to pray for the construction of God's kingdom.

God builds His kingdom but God's people care that God's kingdom be built. And so you know what they do? They pray that God's kingdom would be built. And so when we pray, "Your kingdom come," we are praying as the Catechism says, that the kingdom of grace may be advanced. We pray for our church and our city like this, that God's kingdom would be built. Well let's do that. Let's pray right now.

Lord, You're the One who calls Your people and changes Your people. You're the One who protects Your people. It was by Your blood that the church was forgiven. It was by Your action that the church was created. And we pray that You would build Your church. We pray that we would be Your disciples, loyal to You and not to the world. We pray that Your kingdom would be so established in our hearts that our hearts are utterly loyal to You and to You alone and that we would be ready to betray any earthly demands on our allegiance in order to be loyal to You. We pray that Your kingdom would be established in Jesus' name. Amen.

III. A Prayer For Conversion

And then we pray for conversion. We can't pray, "Your kingdom come," we can't pray for the general advancement of God's rule without desiring to see it more achieved in our own lives and to see others brought in to the righteous rule of God's kingdom. And furthermore as Christians, as mature Christians, we can never be indifferent about our neighbors' entrance into the kingdom. Do we pray for conversion? Do we care about that? Is it part of our prayer? Let's pray it right now together.

Lord, the apostle Paul prayed that it was his heart's desire and prayer for his own people that they would be saved. We pray this for ourselves and for others. Lord I pray that every adult in our congregations would truly believe, would be converted, would be a disciple-making disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for every young child that they would grow in wisdom and knowledge and in stature and in love for the Lord so that they come to profess faith in Him, to confess Him as Lord and Savior, to embrace Him for their salvation as He is offered in the Gospel. And for every infant in our congregations we pray for the day when through the nurture and admonition of the Lord those infants come to stand and in faith embrace the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. We pray that we would be converted congregations. And we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.



IV. A Prayer For The Completion of God's Kingdom

And then finally we pray when we pray, "Your kingdom come," we pray for the completion of God's kingdom. We live now under the kingdom of grace. We know that. We've been forgiven. But God's kingdom has not come in all of it's fullness until the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea and that's why we pray for completion when we pray, "Your kingdom come."

Our prayers should reflect a heart's desire for the coming of the kingdom in its fullest glory. And that means we never get complacent, we never rest on our laurels. God's kingdom is never expanded enough in our hearts until Jesus comes. So when we pray, "Your kingdom come" one of the things that we're always thinking about is the completion of that kingdom. So let's pray for that right now together.

Lord, he who testifies says, 'Yes, I am coming quickly,' and so we say, 'Amen! Come, Lord Jesus. Come quickly.' We live under the kingdom of grace by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ but we long for the kingdom of glory to come, O Lord. We long to see the fullness of Your grace reigning in the hearts of men and women and boys and girls from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation and Jesus acknowledged for who He is - the One who has the name which is above every name. So we pray Your kingdom come and we pray that this would ever be the pray of our hearts and that You would hear it and answer it in Jesus' name. Amen.

Well my friends, this is just an outline of Biblical prayer that Jesus is giving us. And when He tells us, "Pray, Your kingdom come," He's not just giving you words to repeat back like a mantra. He's encouraging you to pray that God's kingdom would come.

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.