Lord’s Prayer notes #3: Thy kingdom come

Following are the rough teacher’s notes from week 3 of a recent eight-week adult Sunday School series on the Lord’s Prayer. See also week 1, week 2, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, and week 8.

Petition 2: “Thy kingdom come”

1. What’s it mean?

A: Jesus Christ is King, and we plead that His kingdom come

Q: Why do we want His kingdom to come?
A: The world is by nature under the power and dominion of sin and Satan. We are not free to do good. (Eph 2:1-3, 12)

We must be set free before we can love and serve God.

We need a king!

A king to save us

2. Christ’s kingdom is not of this world

Not that kind of salvation
Acts 1:6 “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, ‘Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?'”

Not freedom from kings
(You can still be a slave to your lusts)
Freedom from sin
The true freedom
Romans 6:22-23

For this to happen…

3. The kingdom of Satan must be destroyed

  • Psalm 68:1-6,18-23,32-35
  • Psalm 50
  • Isaiah 63:1-8

God has everything under control
We must be glad of this
We must desire this
Seek the further extension of Christ’s kingdom
We must pray for the destruction of Satan’s kingdom
Not weakly

Psalm 10:15 “Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.”
Psalm 70:1-3

What about repentance of ungodly?
Psalm 83
“Fill their faces with dishonor, That they my seek Your name, O LORD.”

Defend us from the wicked

4. The nations must be converted

No other way for His kingdom to come
This salvation comes through the gospel: Rom 10:13-15
Not physically taken out of the world
God makes us alive in Christ
Teaches us of our sin
Brings us to repentance
Frees from the dominion of sin
We walk in new life

When we pray “Thy kingdom come” we are praying for the gospel to be propagated throughout the world

To Gentiles
To the Jews
Romans 11:25-29
– Confuses us, but it’s glorious (see doxology at end of Rom 11)

4.1. This happens through the Church

So we’re praying that the Lord furnish officers for His church (workers in His harvest field)

…and that He purify His church
Mal 3:3 “…and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.”

4.2. The civil magistrate

Should fear God
Not “gods”
Romans 13:1-7
“…it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil”
Can he do this without reference to God?
Without faith?
Morally neutral civil magistrate?
-> Calls evil good, good evil
-> Oppresses the righteous
-> Rewards the shameful
-> Kills innocent
-> Lets the wicked go free
A civil magistrate that feared God…

4.3. We want to hasten the coming of the Lord

There is work to be done before He comes
We want to be about that work
Matt 24:14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

We desire our Master’s return
Rev 22:20-21 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”


5. Problems

5.1. We don’t want Christ’s kingdom to come

Now? We’re busy.

Hab 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.”

We want our God to have a seat at the table
We want Him to be part of the pantheon
To have the option of worshipping Him

Is 9:6-7 “Of the increase of His government and His peace…”
We don’t want increased government

We’re embarrassed at the thought of a civil magistrate that fears God
Prays in Christ’s name for the needs of the city, state and nation?
Gives thanks to God after deliverance from war or disease or famine?
Can’t have that!

Too clean to approve of destruction of evil men
– Necessary – they oppose the kingdom of God

Do we want to see…
God’s church purified?
Not if it means I have to be rebuked and exhorted!

We want a little bit of God’s kingdom
Protection without duty
We don’t want a king
We don’t want to be purified

5.2. We don’t have faith that His kingdom will come

…so we refuse to work toward building godly home, church, and society

The opposition to Christ’s kingdom starts in our own hearts

6. We must repent…

Would we rather us and our society perish?
Have nothing to show when our Master returns?
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Let’s desire, pray for, work toward…
His kingdom coming
the gospel going out to the nations
the purity of the church
that God would defend His people from the ungodly
that God would make evil men and organizations ashamed, that their power would be broken
civil magistrate would fear God
the hastening of Christ’s coming

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