Short & Sweet: an old prayer
Our Father who art in heaven …
The unfolding of His word.
God is eternal, therefore His word is eternal—it continuously delivers. Meaning upon meaning, deep upon deep, precept upon precept endlessly opens to those who seek with all their heart. In a recent Bible study, Looking For Lovely by Annie Downs, God downloaded fresh meaning from the Lord’s Prayer straight to my soul.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
First, God showed me the heart or key motivation of all prayer. It’s found in verse 10. Read it again.
Thy kingdom come.
How is God’s kingdom established on earth? By prayer. Ponder this for a moment. Prayer establishes God’s kingdom on earth. This leads to a question: What should we be praying for? Not my will. Not your will. God’s will. God’s will and God’s kingdom are connected by prayer. Prayer is not about us being happy, getting our way or being comfortable. The goal of every prayer is for God’s will to happen.
Every prayer. Every time. Period.
- Food: Our daily bread (physical and spiritual)
- Forgiveness: Our forgiveness (salvation) and the grace we need to forgive others
- Focus: Our purpose (keeping our mind focused on Him not our temptations)
When we are not overly consumed with worry about obtaining our daily bread, earning our salvation or creating meaning and purpose for our lives, we can focus on establishing God’s kingdom on earth. God confirms this later in Matthew 6:33,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
- Pray. No matter how little, insignificant or unimportant, take everything to God in prayer. Prayer changes things.
- Pray God’s will. This one can hurt. No matter how much you want the job, the house, the boyfriend, the car, ask for God to work your situation according to HIS will.
- Pray for God’s Kingdom. A kingdom is territory ruled by a king. Since the Fall, we have given Satan a foothold on this earth. We take down the enemy and reclaim our schools, neighborhoods and communities one prayer at a time.
His kingdom come. His will be done.
Life is sweet. Pray!
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