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We’ve been looking at what is seemingly an innocuous part of the Lord’s Prayer: Your kingdom come. All too often, we simply pray this without giving the implications of our prayer a second thought.

One thing a Christian is praying for is a time of deception.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:23–24).1

We are also praying for a rebellion or falling away that will accompany the coming of the lawless one:

“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3–5).

This coming of this lawless one will happen because something—“what is restraining him” and/or someone—“he who now restrains”—will be taken out of the way. So, we are praying that this removal will happen.

“And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:6–7).

Christians are who are asking for the God’s kingdom to arrive are also praying that people will be required to take a number or mark so they will be able to buy and sell, which will be required by a “beast.”

“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name” (Revelation 13:16–17).

In addition, Christians are actually praying for Jesus to judge them.

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:9–10).

And, yes, we are praying for a time of fear, distress, foreboding, and perplexity.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25–27).

Christians are praying for a great many dreadful things to happen when they pray for the Father’s kingdom to come. I encourage the reader to study the Book of Revelation. However, as difficult and frightful as these things to come are, it is all, ultimately, good. It is good because God planned the establishment of His kingdom. It is good because God is good, and therefore God’s kingdom must also be good.

Next week, we will look at—finally!—the good things Christians are praying for when they pray for the Father’s kingdom to come.

1The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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