Last week we began praying together with the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer.
OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN
HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
This week we want to meditate upon and pray the second petition:
“What do we pray in the second petition? We pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed; that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it and kept in it, and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.” Shorter Catechism
This answer was documented centuries ago, by those ministers who met together, prayed together and agreed on its meaning.
Dear Father in heaven, we need your Spirit here on this earth to reveal your rule over us. It seems that you have left us to fend for ourselves, that we don’t know where we are going, or who will lead us. You teach us in your word that all power belongs to you; that your kingdom rules over all men and circumstances. We need to hear your voice, to see your working, and to know your holy will as we wait in uncertainty.
Bring the power of your Spirit to us as your children to trust you. Though we cannot understand how you are working, give us your Spirit of peace and of wisdom for the decisions that each of us must make. Let us continue to seek your kingdom and your righteousness first and foremost.
We pray that your kingdom would reign in each of our hearts, believing that you have appointed your Son, Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, the authority in heaven and earth. Enable us to examine our hearts and lives to know that Christ rules over all things that concern us.
Enable all who follow Christ to know that your kingdom lives and rules in us all; that we are one kingdom, not a divided kingdom. In these times, let us who are your people put aside all differences and disagreements and join hearts and minds in Christ in a unity that honors you and your Son, our Savior, and Lord, Jesus Christ, exalting Him above all things.
Make us light in the darkness, ready to answer those who ask us the source of our hope.
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.”