The kingdom for which we are praying to come is the kingdom
of which Christ so constantly spoke in the gospels. The Greek word Basileia (kingdom), which occurs in the Lords
Prayer is the same term He used throughout His public ministry and, after the
Resurrection, up to the time of His ascension into heaven.
Jesus intended us to pray that the kingdom He described, in
every sense, might come.
There are two principal ways in which Jesus spoke of the
kingdom. He described it as a present reality, and as a future anticipation.
The kingdom as a present reality is the Church which Christ
was founding. It is a visible reality to which people are called by the
preaching of the gospel; into which they enter through Baptism; in which they
are sanctified by the sacraments; which is composed of both good and bad
members; with which Christ identifies Himself as my kingdom; and from which
the whole world receives the graces of salvation.
On all these levels, the kingdom as present reality is meant
to come, that is, to increase and intensify.
- We pray that the Church may become more effective in proclaiming
the gospel; that the zeal of her members might increase by spending themselves
in preaching Christ and Him crucified.
- We pray that more people may receive the
gift of the true faith and be baptized.
- We pray that those who are in the Church
may become more holy and pleasing to God.
- We pray that those in the Church who are estranged from God
through sin may repent and be reconciled with the Lord.
- We pray that Christians may become more Christlike so that
others may see their good works and be drawn to embrace the faith that produces
such reflections of the Divine Master.
- We pray that by their practice of virtue, all followers may
become more effective channels of grace to everyone whose life they touch.
Especially in the Gospel of
Matthew, Jesus speaks frequently of the kingdom of heaven.
Here the petition of the Lords
Prayer is a plea for the salvation of souls and for their glorification in the
world to come.
- We pray for the grace that people need to reach the heavenly
kingdom for which they were made.
- We pray for the light that people need to know Gods will in
their lives and the strength to fulfill this will, so they may deserve to enter
- We pray that those who belong to Christs kingdom on earth may
be more generous in cooperating with His grace, so that in heaven they may give
God greater glory for all eternity.
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