In Proposition 105, George Peters states:
“The Lord’s Prayer, is indicative of the fact that the Church is not the covenanted Messianic Kingdom.”
How many times have we prayed this prayer and overlooked the meaning of “Thy Kingdom come”. What is this Kingdom we are praying to come? Is it an entrity for a present Kingdom to come? That does not make any sense because the words describe a request to God for a Kingdom that is His to come, denoting a future event. The future orientation and focus of the Lord’s Prayer in this regard is another reality we find in Scripture that the Church is not the promised, coming, covenanted Kingdom that will be ruled by the Messiah on earth.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 105 is the following:
“Thy Kingdom come” is the prayer of those who are “heirs”, for they have an interest in it. It is the prayer of those who are “called”, and the usage of this petition indicates an appreciatoin of their “high calling”. It is a prayer designed to stimulate faith and hope, to wean from the world, to qualify us for a future “abundant entrance”. It is a prayer which honors the Father who bestows it, honors the Christ who receives its glory, and honors the Holy Spirit, whose wonder-working power will be exerted in its behalf. It is a prayer that fell from the lips and heart of David’s Son, expressive of His own desire, and it has encouraged, consoled, and strengthened the hearts and lives of multitudes of believers. To appreciate it properly, we must study its distinctive meaning, denoting as it does a well-defined (“Thy”) Kingdom, which the Father has promised most solemnly under oath, and which David’s Son receives from the Ancient of Days at the allotted period – a Kingdom bringing completed Redemption and the most precious blessings.”
When we pray the words “Thy Kingdom Come”, we have to keep in mind the Kingdom we are talking about. Thy Kingdom represents a sense of ownership – it is God’s Kingdom. What Kingdom then are we prayer to come? Why do we need to pray for this Kingdom to come in the first place? Peters saliently reminds us this prayer, in particular this portion of the Lord’s Prayer, provides an element of faith and hope for the believer in a coming Kingdom. We recognize the tragic nature of the world in which we live. Our present state is not what we find as a description of the coming Kingdom and the place of redemption that will exist when the Messiah returns. We patiently wait, entreating God the Father for His Kingdom to come. This does not mean the Kingdom will not come unless we ask. God has promised His Kingdom will come. If anything, this prayer is provided for our benefit, in order to focus us correctly on the nature and timing of God’s Kingdom, the Kingdom what will be givey by Him to the Son. May we continue to be strenghtened by these words and remember their purpose.