“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #7

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Question: If God’s kingdom is already come, why do we need to pray about it?

Answer: Mortal mind does not see nor understand God’s kingdom as it really is. The lens of mortal mind projects an inversion of Truth, but calls it reality. We must use our developing
spiritual sense to see as God sees, and establish the reality of God’s kingdom in our thinking.
We do not want to trust mortal mind!

But mortal mind will tempt us to resist this idea of God’s kingdom. Mary Baker Eddy took note of this when she compared Jesus to the rest of humanity:

“He lived the spirit of his prayer, — ‘Thy kingdom come.’ Shall we repeat our Lord’s Prayer when the heart denies it, refuses to bear the cross and to fulfill the conditions of our petition?” (Mis. 211:30-1)

We need to pray and live the spirit of the Lord’s Prayer, with the knowledge that we actually live in God’s kingdom now.

“It is only by praying, watching, and working for the kingdom of heaven within us and upon earth, that we enter the straight and narrow way, whereof our Master said, ‘and few there be that find it.’” (’01 28:4)

Mrs. Eddy also writes that “the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what
constitutes the kingdom of
heaven in man.” (S&H 560:11-15)

Mrs. Eddy felt this was so important, she included in the Church Manual a duty for members to pray each day, ‘Thy kingdom come.’ We will be studying the whole Daily Prayer in another lesson.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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