Why did Jesus Christ tell us to pray, "Thy kingdom come"?

In what is often called the Lord's Prayer, Jesus told us to pray for God's Kingdom to come. Why? What does it mean to say "Your kingdom come"?


The disciples asked Jesus how to pray, and He taught them with the sample outline prayer recorded in Luke:11:1-4 and Matthew:6:9-13.

"Your kingdom come" means we are to pray that God will hasten Christ's return to establish the literal Kingdom of God on this earth (Revelation:11:15; Matthew:6:33). We are to talk with Him about why we desperately need His Kingdom to come, mentioning specific troubling situations that we see going on in the world, in our own lives and in the lives of our friends and family (Ezekiel:9:4).

The world overflows with tragedies. God wants us to spend time reflecting on the pain and sorrow in the world around us so we can vividly see the need for Him to send Jesus Christ back to earth to set up His government, a kingdom that will yield peace, joy and abundance (Micah:4:1-4).

We can think about how wonderful that world under God's rule will be, and commit ourselves now to do God's will (Matthew:6:10). This includes living according to the laws of that Kingdom now and helping proclaim God's message of hope to the world (Matthew:19:17-19; 24:14; 28:19-20).


childofgod2's picture

I think that the bible teaches we should always be ready for His coming and as Child of God I long for HIM to call his children Home & to be with Him. I think praying His Kingdom come just reminds of that He is coming & that He promises He will come again.

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