The Our Father interpretation


“Thy Kingdom Come .image

Thy will be done on earth

A s it is in Heaven”

I have said, prayed, this several times a day for 90 years. But sometimes I really wonder what it means. How must I interpret this? What am I really praying for when I say these words? Is this just a wish? Or is it somehow a prediction? Does it merely refer to our own actions and our own environment or is it a world wide projection?

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
G.K. Chesterton

Thy kingdom come.

What does this mean? --Answer.

The kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer, of itself; but we pray in this petition that it may come unto us also.

How is this done? --Answer.

When our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life here in time and yonder in eternity.Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean? --Answer.

The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is this done? --Answer.

When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith unto our end. This is His gracious and good will.

Hallowed be thy name.

When I pray this line I feel as if I’m affirming a fact. I am not petitioning God to make His name hallowed. I am affirming He is God & His name is sacred.

Likewise when I pray, “Thy will be done.” I feel I am affirming a fact. & I believe that is the good news, as Isaiah says, “Your God rules.” As we pray in the invitatory, “The Lord is God, the great king over all the Gods.” As we acclaim in the Mass, “For thine is the kingdom & the power & the glory.”

The petitions start after, “Give us this day…”

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