Category Archives: prayer

Your Will Be Done

pray_7523c“This petition does not merely express agreement with God’s decree or resignation to his will, but rather the longing that what God requires from man may be done on earth as it is in heaven. At present God’s will as expressed in his commandments is not being done on account of all that op­poses God on earth. Both re­demption and ethics are im­plied in this ‘will of God.’” (Herman Ridderbos, The Coming of the Kingdom, p. 247).

Your Kingdom Come

kingdom_1700c“The kingdom-idea is the clearest expression of the principle that . . . everything is subservient to the glory of God. In this respect the kingdom is the most profoundly religious of all biblical conceptions.” (Geerhardus Vos, The Kingdom of God and the Church, p.102).

In this evening’s Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church we continue to look at the Lord’s Prayer. (On the small book from which the quote comes, see Advice from Ned B. Stonehouse.)

Hallowed be your name

prayer_1028c“By the ‘name’ of God we mean all those attributes under which He is revealed to us, — His power, wisdom, holiness, justice, mercy, and truth. By asking that they may be ‘hallowed,’ we mean that they may be made known and glorified. The glory of God is the first thing that God’s children should desire. It is the object of one of our Lord’s own prayers: ‘Father, glorify they name.’ (John xii, 28) It is the purpose for which the world was created. It is the end for which the saints are called and converted. It is the chief thing we should seek, that ‘God in all things may be glorified.’ ( I Peter iv. 11).” (J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, at Matthew 6:9).

Ryle might have added, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 1).

“When you come to God, says our Lord, in effect, even though you may be in desperate conditions and circumstances, it may be with some great concern on your mind and in your heart; even then, He says, stop for a moment and just recollect and realize this, that your greatest desire of all should be that this wonderful God, who has become your Father in and through Me, should be honoured, should be worshipped, should be magnified amongst the people ‘Hallowed be thy name.'” (Martin Lloyd Jones, The Sermon on the Mount, Vol. 2, p. 61).

(For tonight’s study on the Lord’s Prayer at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.)

And He Will Reign For Ever and Ever

reign_8795c“The God who transcends time guides the entire course of history because he not only stands as sovereign over its beginning and end, but is also in its midst, invisibly guiding it.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 613).

“The seven trumpets of God, like those at Jericho, have gone before the ark of his covenant and shattered all resistance to the establishment of his dominion in the earth.” (Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 154).

 

From the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.