Thy Kingdom Come

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Daily Reform, Revelation 12:7-12

From the Reformer

As we prayed in the First Petition concerning the honor and name of God that He would prevent the world from adorning its lies and wickedness with it, but cause it to be esteemed sublime and holy both in doctrine and life, so that He may be praised and magnified in us, so here we pray that His kingdom also may come. But just as the name of God is in itself holy, and we pray nevertheless that it be holy among us, so also His kingdom comes of itself, without our prayer, yet we pray nevertheless that it may come to us, that is, prevail among us and with us, so that we may be a part of those among whom His name is hallowed and His kingdom prospers.

But what is the kingdom of God? Answer: Nothing else than what we learned in the Creed, that God sent His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, into the world to redeem and deliver us from the power of the devil, and to bring us to Himself, and to govern us as a King of righteousness, life and salvation against sin death, and an evil conscience, for which end He has also bestowed His Holy Ghost, who is to bring these things home to us by His holy Word, and to illumine and strengthen us in the faith by His power.

—Martin Luther, Large Catechism

Pulling It Together

Sometimes, the truth wants to slip away from us. So, in these darkening seasons of waiting, it is helpful and important to keep recalling the truth: “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come.” (Rev 12:10) This is why we pray, “Thy kingdom come.” We are asking that his kingdom be lived out in us, no matter the season of life—regardless of any feelings of hopelessness or gloom. Your feelings have only as much to do with the way things truly are, as you allow them. The night has ended. The darkness is gone because the citizens of his kingdom have “no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Rev 21:23) You do not need more cheerful feelings to live in the kingdom. What you need is faith that the kingdom has arrived.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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