“Thy kingdom come.”
Jesus taught that God’s kingdom was “at hand.” That means God’s kingdom is very, very close to us right now. A “kingdom” is a place where a king, or ruler, lives and governs. God’s kingdom is called “heaven.” Jesus wanted us to know that heaven, God’s kingdom, is not far away or in the future, but is right here with us now. God’s kingdom has come. It can become real to us in our thinking. We open our hearts in prayer to hear God’s angel messages that He sends to His
children who live in His kingdom. These angels bring a sense of joy and love to all who listen.
“Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present”
God is everywhere, all the time. That is what “ever-present” means. It is like having your mom or dad or a best friend with you wherever you go, only better. If God is everywhere, He fills all space. That means there is no space for evil to be or hide. Only good is here. We must pray to see and feel God’s ever-presence. If we are faced with something bad during our day, we can remember that God, good, is ever-present. That means the bad things are lies about God. We do not want to believe in lies, or act them out. We can demand the lies to be quiet, and leave us alone! Then we listen for the messages of truth from God’s angels, and really feel that God’s kingdom is come and is ever-present.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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