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Let your kingdom come

L.F. Schulze
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 2 | a553 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i2.553 | © 2001 L.F. Schulze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published: 08 August 2001

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L.F. Schulze, School for Ecclesiastical Sciences, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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Abstract

As an introduction to the general theme “The kingdom of God”, this article presents an overview of the second petition of the Lord’s Prayer. This is done under the following headings: the setting, the aspects, and the guidelines of the petition.

The setting shows the very close relation among the first three petitions as pertaining to God’s cause, and the priority which his kingship should have in our prayers. In turning to God in our prayers, we turn away from ourselves. Thus prayer is part of our sanctification.

The aspects treated in this article are, firstly, that the second petition is a prayer, implying our helplessness and destitution; secondly, that it concerns God’s kingdom, not ours, thereby undercutting every form of modernism, Social Gospel, political theology, and progressive ethical ‘goodness’ of man; thirdly, it is a petition that the kingdom may come, which happens mysteriously, in God’s time, in our history, and according to Scriptures.

In the guidelines it is argued that, in order to live responsibly as Christians, we must know our time, ourselves, and the immutable nature of prophecy.

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Kingdom Of God; Lords Prayer; Second Petition

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