Thy Kingdom Come

Our Father, who are in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

                                                                                                     And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive

                                                                                                      those who trespass against us.

                                                                                                      And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us

                                                                                                      from evil.

We say the “Lord’s Prayer” as our most frequent petition to God. Many of us say it many times a day, others more infrequently. No matter how often or little, most all of us tend to recite it without much thought.

When we do, we usually think of it as a prayer that the Kingdom of God be realized. But what do we mean by this?

Certainly to Christian meditators and increasingly biblical exegetes, the Kingdom is not either a physical location we hope to arrive at after death, or the final glorious Earth transformed when Jesus returns. Rather, it is an interior place within each of us, where our Divine Center is.

We believe that that is what Jesus was trying to teach us. How to access that Divine Spark of God and unite ourselves to it. Once we do, we are transformed into consciously aware spiritual beings, and we automatically transform Earth to conform to the inner kingdom.

Thus we pray the prayer thusly:

Our Father, who are within me,

Hallowed be thy name.

Let me enter into the Kingdom of  You,

where your will is done,

and  let be done on earth as well.

Give us this day, your gift of life and direction.

Forgive us for sometimes turning away,

As we seek to forgive and help those who have turned away too.

And hold tight to us as we are tempted to stray,

And return us to perfect union in You.

For you are the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever!

Amen

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 23:03:14

    That’s not The Prayer Christ taught the Apostles to Pray. And if “Heaven” is Within Us, How did God Create the Universe? From within us? (Seems a little ‘self-centered’, Opposite of Christ’s Teachings Anyone think Christ/Peter would judge us as following Him? Or maybe Depart us forever, telling us “I Knew Ye Not”

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    • Sherry
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:53:37

      No Tony, God didn’t create the universe from within us. We are on the same page about evolution. God created all that is. But the kingdom starts with a transformation within, when we are transformed that we see the kingdom as here and now, and we love with the same love that God has for us. It’s so very not self-centered. It is nondual.

      Reply

  2. Tony
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 23:09:41

    A 15th Century Chartres Cathedral Entrance Door may have The Best depiction in the StoneCarving above: A Human In the Presence of God, Terrified in Being Removed from Him. Catholic Intellectuals think Heaven is Being Directly in the Presence Of God all eternity.

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    • Sherry
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:54:21

      I agree, heaven is being utterly in the presence of God at all times. Can’t one be alive and still do that?

      Reply

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