FIRST we learn what is the mind of the Holy Ghost.  “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come” (Rev. 22: 17).  It is (as far as I know) the only recorded prayer of the Holy Ghost: He Who prays “with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8: 26), when they are uttered, their summary is COME.  The significance of this is extraordinary.  The Spirit has a myriad ways of affecting the world for good, yet His prayer is, Come: He knows perfectly all evolution, all progress, all revival, all Gospel advance, yet His prayer is, Come: He knows the inexhaustible resources, the unrevealed powers, the most secret plans of God, yet His prayer is, Come.  The Holy Ghost knows no solution to the problem of the universe except the Second Advent of Christ; and it is His own supreme prayer; thus the fuller we are of the Spirit of God, the surer we are to pray His prayer.






Next we learn the mind of our Lord.  He says: “When ye pray, say, Thy Kingdom come” (Matt. 6: 10).  “This, more than ever in these last days, ought to be the first and last of the Church’s prayers; for all that she desires for herself, for the world, and for her Lord Himself, is comprised in this” (Dr. H. Bonar).  We are apt to see men to the exclusion of mankind; when we pray, for the Kingdom, we plead for thirty generations against one, for God will amputate a single generation - and that, only after countless pleadings in grace and judgment - to save an entire race.  It is the most practical of all possible prayers, for there is no other way whereby the world’s political and social salvation can be wrought, and God’s love for the world at last fulfilled.  “There is no remedy,” as Lord Shaftesbury, who wrought more social amelioration for his generation than any other man, said, “for all this mass of misery, but in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike  “The Lord Himself,” in the words of Canon Simpson, “would never have bidden us pray, Thy Kingdom come, if those seasons, which no man knows, were so irrevocably fixed that our efforts could not hasten, or our sins retard, the wheels of His chariot  If the Jewish disciple, by praying that his flight may not be on the Sabbath or in winter (Matt. 24: 20), can so modify the date of that flight as to change not only the day of the week but even the season of the year, much more is it in the power of the Church to “HASTEN the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet. 3: 12, marg.).






Next we learn the mind of the Apostles. Jesus says,


“Yea, I come quickly  “Amen,” cries John: I accept the doctrine, I hold fast the promise, I rejoice in the speed: “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22: 20).  It is the last prayer from an apostle’s lips; it is the last and crowning prayer of the Bible; it is the last prayer of the last Apostle of the Lamb: the whole canon of inspiration closes with a direct appeal to Christ to come.  “There may be many years of hard work before the consummation, but the signs are to me so encouraging that I would not be unbelieving if I saw the wing of the apocalyptic angel spread for its last triumphant flight in this day’s sunset.  0 you dead Churches, wake up!  0 Christ, descend!  Scarred temple, take the crown!  Bruised hand, take the sceptre!  Wounded foot, step the throne!  Thine is the Kingdom!” (Dr. Talmage).  It is John’s last prayer, and happy shall we be if, falling asleep, it is the last prayer upon our lips also.






Next we learn the mind of the Apostolic Church.  “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come” (Rev. 22: 17).  In all sections of the Church this prayer has never ceased down all the ages; yet only when John wrote did the Bride, as a whole, thus pray.  “Surely I come quickly,” says Sir Robert Anderson, “are Christ’s last recorded words, but their fulfilment awaits the response of His people, ‘Amen; come, Lord Jesus  There is not a Church in Christendom that would corporately pray that prayer to-day  Foreseeing this, how impressive it is that the Holy Spirit immediately adds: “And he that heareth” - he who has the hearing ear because he has the overcoming life – “let him say, Come  IT IS A PRAYER PUT UPON OUR LIPS BY DIVINE COMMAND; that is, when corporate praying fails, infinitely more urgent becomes the individual prayer; and even if the corporate prayer continues, God is not content unless each adds his own ‘Come*  Therefore every interpretation of prophecy which excludes this prayer as wrong or inappropriate or inopportune is self-condemned; every argument which silences it blocks the praying of the Holy Ghost through us; and every shrinking from it in our own heart is a work of the flesh.  “Hardly had our Lord reached the threshold of the House of the Father than He shouted back, Surely I come quickly; nor does the Church enter into the rapture of her hopes until she brings herself to respond, ‘Amen; even so, come, Lord Jesus’” (Dr. Seiss).


[* “This word to the hearer will remain in full force even after the watchful of the Church or the whole Church are borne away.  Jesus’ coming is, to Israel also, the great point of hope- Govett.]





Next we learn our own need.  All holy and Scriptural desire is legitimate fuel for prayer; and it is our peril so to be concerned with the doctrine of the Advent that we forget the prayer.  In twenty-four volumes of the “Quarterly Journal of Phrophecy” (1894 to 1873) there is not a single article on prayer for the Coming.  Is it nothing to us that our Lord wishes to come back?  Why is He coming quickly if it is not the speed of desire?   “Many Christians do not realise that the Lord is waiting until He is invited by His own to return: we may need to be urged; He does not” (W. Lincoln).  And if our conscience cows us with the danger at the Judgment Seat of a soul only partially ready, let us meet that real difficulty by daily offering a simultaneous prayer - that we may be made so deeply prepared in life and character as to be able to see Him in fulness of joy.  It is a self-purifying prayer.*  Let us learn to say in the golden words of the old Puritan, Baxter: “Hasten, 0 my Saviour, the time of Thy return!  Delay not, lest the living give up their hopes; delay not, lest earth should grow like hell and Thy Church be crumbled to dust.  Oh, hasten that great resurrection day when the graves that received but rottenness, and retain but dust, shall return Thee glorious stars and suns.  Thy desolate Bride saith, Come.  The whole creation saith, Come, even so, Come, Lord Jesus


[* 1 John 3: 3.  Be it also remembered that the rapture, the first act of God’s response, may precipitate life in the very souls unsaved [and ‘left’ (1 Thess. 4: 17)] on whose behalf our anxiety might make us hesitate to pray the prayer.] 






Next we learn the language of the fully‑sanctified heart. A whole book of the Bible is reserved as an embodiment of the heart‑cry for each other of the Bride and the Bridegroom.  The waiting Bride suddenly cries: “The voice of my Beloved! behold, He cometh, leaping upon the mountains, like a gazelle, or a young hart” (Song of Songs, 11: 8) - the two loveliest and swiftest creatures of the mountains.  And He replies: “Arise [resurrection], my love, my fair one,* and come away [rapture].  For lo, the winter is past, and the time of the singing of birds is come: 0 my dove [see Is. 60: 8], that art in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the steep place” - on the precipitous summit of the Parousia.  And then she cries back in words that end the Song: “Make haste, my Beloved, and be Thou like to a gazelle or a young hart” - for swiftness – “upon the mountains of spices In the words of McCheyne: “The day of eternity is breaking in the east.  Oh, brethren, do you know what it is to long for Himself - to cry, Make haste, my Beloved As a friend once wrote me:- “I always feel when one sings Miss Havergal’s beautiful hymn – ‘Thou art coming, 0 my Saviour,’ that I want to prostrate myself on the earth and weep for sheer joy






Finally, we learn the unconscious mind of the world.  “The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain,” waiting “for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8: 19).  Can you say, ‘More than they that wait for the morning, my soul waiteth for Thee “Does your heart leap when you think that the Christ, ever present, is drawing near to us?  All the signs of the times, intellectual and social: the rottenness of much of our life; the abounding luxury, the hideous vice that flaunts unblamed or unabashed before us: all these things cry out to Him, whose ear is not deaf - even if our voice does not join in the cry - and beseech Him to come” (Dr. Alexander Maclaren).  For all the creation needs can be met only by the Advent.  “In this prayer is summed up all that the Christian heart can desire - the destruction of the power of Satan; the deliverance of the creature from the bondage of corruption; the banishment of sin and sorrow from the individual heart and from the world; the restoration of all things; the establishment of the kingdom of righteousness; the beholding by Jesus in fulness of the travail of His soul, the bestowment upon Him in completeness of His promised reward.  Let each member of the Church militant unite with the Apostle in the longing cry – ‘Amen; Come, Lord Jesus” (Dr. E. R. Craven). Bishop J. C. Ryle says: “Come, Lord Jesus, should be our daily prayer  Shall we not make a compact together that, so long as breath lasts, we will, without a single day’s intermission, pray, “EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS”?