“Thy kingdom come.” Lord’s Prayer, Second Petition
Martin Luther wrote in his Small Catechism that the kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray that it may come to us continually.
Surprisingly, the very fact that we pray means that the kingdom of God already is with us. It was given to us as an inheritance in our baptisms, when we received the Holy Spirit who leads us to pray with confidence and boldness. We ask our heavenly Father that He may reign over us always and enable us to lead godly lives. But we ask that His kingdom may come especially through His Word and Sacraments bringing the forgiveness of our sins, strengthening our faith and preserving us until the day we may inherit the kingdom of heaven.
In Matthew 6, Jesus taught us not to be anxious about our lives, to beware of worldliness and to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Jesus taught us to seek Him – who is our righteousness – and in this Lenten season He reminds us once again: Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand! Our king is coming to us; righteous and having salvation.
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!