A Good Way to Pray Pt. 3

“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

We are Kingdom people. Jesus once said, “I can only do what I see the Father doing” (John 5:19). In prayer, we have the opportunity to intercede for the world and ask God to step in and act, pulling back the veil between heaven and earth to release God into places He will not force Himself into. However, prayer is not just about getting God to do something. C.S. Lewis once said that prayer “doesn’t change God – it changes me.” When we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” we are pledging allegiance once again to the reality of God (His Kingdom) at work in the world. This is why Jesus came! This is what He brought. He preached, “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). When we arise from prayer, we do not yield to the temptation of thinking,

“Ok, God, I prayed for you to bring your kingdom and do your will here on earth the way it is in heaven, because heaven knows it’s not going to happen otherwise! And even though I prayed it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Just the same, bring it when you’re ready.”

No! No! No! Jesus has brought the Kingdom. Those who follow Him join in His movement empowered by the very Spirit of God that raised Him from the dead to actually live as citizens of God’s heavenly reality and do His will on earth. When I arise from prayer, I am conscious of the Spirit of Christ in me to go and “do only what I see the Father doing.” How can earth look more like heaven? Every Christ-follower to pray for more of God’s Kingdom and His will to show up on earth, and for every Christ-follower to be the answer to that prayer.

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