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III. come. I ET us to-day dwell on the second petition in ? ' our
LORD'S Prayer. It resembles the first petition in one respect, ? it
still relates to what concerns God. As in the first petition we
pray that GOD may be reverenced everywhere, throughout the world,
so in this second we pray that He may reign everywhere, His
righteous government prevailing over all hearts, and overruling the
varied forms of sin and unbelief. It is a blessing to feel that
there are everywhere those, if only comparatively a small number,
who are daily throughout the world upon their knees offering up
this desire; it must be some reparation, if we may use the
expression, some amends to GOD, for all the dishonour cast upon His
Name, that there are those who in their hearts look forward to His
coming, and long for it, whose aspirations rise up inaccordance
with His own desire, and, recognising His righteous claim over His
creatures, pray that His authority may at last be established on
earth, as in Heaven. There is here a warning against selfishness,
for the words we use are not limited to ourselves; the words which
pass our lips embrace not only every one dear to us, every one
connected with us, but far beyond that circle, all also who wear
the form of man, even to endless generations, the whole vast
compass of humanity. The petition is that His kingdom may come to
all. What is intended in these words? They do not mean the reign of
God in nature, though we speak of His kingdom of nature, and we
know that not a sparrow falls to the ground without His will ? no
event can happen, no passing change of the least kind can take
place, but that His will has ordered it, or what is called His
secondary will has permitted it. Nor is there anything so contrary
to His will, but that He may overrul...
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