(Day 22 in a 28-day series from First Bradenton)
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
When we pray earnestly and sincerely like a child…
After we’ve put on the full armor of God and prayed the offensive prayer to keep us from temptation and protect us from the enemy…
After we have prayed the submissive prayer, subjugating our own desires and committing ourselves to the perfect will of God…
Then we are ready for the bold Kingdom prayer. “Father, let your kingdom come and your will be done here in my heart, in my home and in my country as it is in heaven.”
The writer of Hebrews encourages us:
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
If you had a request to make of the president of the United States, could you just waltz into the Oval Office, or even call him on the phone? Even if you want to talk with the pastor, you must make an appointment. However, as God’s children we have full access to the throne of Heaven. We can approach Him with confidence that He will hear us and answer our petitions.
Jesus is our great high priest. He made the sacrifice for us so that we could be adopted as heirs in the family of God. He stands at God’s right hand day and night to intercede for us. Because of what He did and who He is and where He is, we have direct access to God to offer our prayers.
It is our privilege to invite heaven to invade earth. We ask God to set up His rule in our hearts. He affects the world around us through His work in us. He only intervenes when we make that request of Him. Therefore, this prayer is our honor, our responsibility and our sacred duty.
We remember who we are as the children of God. We confess our sins and pray for protection from the evil around us. We submit ourselves to the will of God for our lives, even if we don’t understand the path He chooses for us. And then we invite the Kingdom of God into our reality.
Dear Father God, may your perfect plan be executed and may your Kingdom reign on this planet in the same way that it exists in heaven.
Understanding the moral climate in which we live, can there exist any bolder prayer than that?
By Lisa Fulghum