Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 11, 2019

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:1-4.

“It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”  Luke 11:1-4.


Consider the following from the Heidelberg CatechismMy comments follow some of the questions and answers in bold italics.

Q. 120.  Why hath Christ commanded us to address God thus:  “Our Father”?
A.  That immediately, in the very beginning of our prayer, He might excite in us a childlike reverence for and confidence in God, which are the foundation of our prayer, namely, that God is become our Father in Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in true faith than our parents will refuse us earthly things.

Q. 122.  Which is the first petition?

A.  Hallowed be Thy name;  that is, grant us, first, rightly to know Thee, and to sanctify, glorify, and praise Thee in all Thy works, in which Thy power, wisdom, goodness, justice, mercy, and truth are clearly displayed;  and further also, that we may so order and direct our whole lives, our thoughts, words, and actions, that Thy name may never be blasphemed, but rather honored and praised on our account.

Other doctrine seeks to hallow its own name, to know itself, and to glorify and praise its own works.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks to hallow God’s name, to know God, to glorify God, and to praise God’s works.

Q. 123.  Which is the second petition?
A.  Thy kingdom come;  that is, rule us so by Thy Word and Spirit, that we may submit ourselves more and more to Thee;  preserve and increase Thy church;  destroy the works of the devil and all violence which would exalt itself against Thee;  and also, all wicked counsels devised against Thy holy Word;  till the full perfection of Thy kingdom take place, wherein Thou shalt be all in all.

Other doctrine seeks its own kingdom.  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.  Other doctrine bristles against and rebels at God’s election, God’s predestination, and God’s other tight sovereign control over everything.

But, Reformed Doctrine rejoices in God’s kingdom, God’s election, God’s predestination, and God’s other tight sovereign control over everything. 

Q. 124.  Which is the third petition?
A. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven;  that is, grant that we and all men may renounce our own will, and without murmuring obey Thy will, which is only good;  that so every one may attend to and perform the duties of his station and calling as willingly and faithfully as the angels do in heaven.

Other doctrine futilely tries to claim it has free-will and seeks its will be done.

But, Reformed Doctrine rejoices that God’s will will be done.  “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.  “But our God is in the heavens;  He does whatever He pleases.”  Psalm 115:3.  “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;”  Isaiah 46:9-10.

Q. 125.  Which is the fourth petition?
A.  Give us this day our daily bread;  that is, be pleased to provide us with all things necessary for the body, that we may thereby acknowledge Thee to be the only fountain of all good, and that neither our care nor industry, nor even Thy gifts, can profit us without Thy blessing;  and therefore that we may withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it alone in Thee.

Q. 126.  Which is the fifth petition?
A.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;  that is, be pleased for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to impute to us poor sinners our transgressions, nor that depravity which always cleaves to us;  even as we feel this evidence of Thy grace in us, that it is our firm resolution from the heart to forgive our neighbor.

Q. 127.  Which is the sixth petition?
A.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;  that is, since we are so weak in ourselves that we cannot stand a moment;  and besides this, since our mortal enemies, the devil, the world, and our own flesh cease not to assault us, do Thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare, but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last we obtain a complete victory.

Other doctrine depends on itself to persevere, consistently (but falsely) thinking that because it needed to prove itself worthy of salvation in the beginning by something it contributed (works or will) that it needs to persevere on its own to the end or it will fall from grace.

But, Reformed Doctrine totally depends on God’s grace from beginning to end, knowing that it cannot persevere on its own.  Reformed Doctrine wholly relies on God to preserve it and teaches “Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.  “Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.”  FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints in the Canons of Dordt.

“Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10.


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