Week 23
Catechism Unit Question Numbers:  259-263

“Your kingdom come.”  Studying this section in the Catechism led me to think a lot about the Holy Spirit.  Although an equal person of the Trinity, I’ve always found it amazing how the Holy Spirit seems content to be the “behind-the-scenes” person, always working so faithfully to keep Christ in the spotlight.  None of us could enjoy being a part of God’s kingdom, being children of God, and having the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, without the crucial work of the Holy Spirit. None of us would have any hope of heaven without the power of the Holy Spirit working on our hearts.  None of us would know the words and will of God, if it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit’s perfect inspiration of every writer of the books of the Bible.

Romans 8:26 has always given me such a profound sense of comfort: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”  Because my sinful nature leads me to give more attention to things other than God, I do not pray as often as I should. When I do pray, my self-centeredness and worry taints my prayers.  And there are so many times that I simply don’t know what to pray for – I don’t know what is best for me or others. Yet in a way that I cannot comprehend, the Spirit of God approaches God the Father on my behalf, with faithful and fervent words that I cannot fathom.  Praise and thanks be to the Holy Spirit, for working tirelessly for me every moment of my life to ensure that Christ is ruling in my heart!

Of course, when we pray “Your kingdom come”, we are not praying just for ourselves, or just for believers, but we are also praying that ALL people would come to faith and enjoy being a part of God’s kingdom.  We are praying that outreach, evangelism, and mission efforts throughout the world be blessed by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. We are praying for those unbelievers in our own personal “mission fields” – family members, friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, etc. – that the good news of the forgiveness of sins through Christ Jesus may work saving faith in their hearts.  Furthermore, we are praying that God give us opportunities, courage, and the right words when the time comes, to be good witnesses for Christ. “Your kingdom come” sure is one powerful prayer in and of itself!

A recent WELS Daily Devotion discussed the citizenship that we have in God’s kingdom through the work of Christ, as explained to us in Ephesians 2:13-22.  You can check out this devotion by clicking here: https://wels.net/dev-daily/dd20180724/

These daily devotions are also available through the WELS app, or you can sign up on wels.net to receive them via email.  Often these devotions focus on one or more of the scripture readings that were part of Sunday’s worship services. They serve as a great refresher of the message you heard in church, and they are devotions that can easily fit into any schedule.