MAY GOD RULE IN OUR MIDST
Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.
In heaven God’s will is the only priority. A word from God brings angels to do His bidding, immediately and without question. Jesus instructed us to pray that God would accomplish His will in our world in the same way. This means God’s purposes would be preeminent in our homes, our businesses, our schools, our churches, and our governments.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray that God’s purposes would be carried out in the world around them. In modeling how they should pray, Jesus was teaching His disciples how to align their hearts with God’s.
Jesus demonstrated this desire again at Gethsemane when He prayed, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). As we seek God’s kingdom on earth, not our own purposes, we gain the same mind as our Heavenly Father.
As you spend intimate time with God and allow Him to show you your situation from His perspective, you’ll begin to see things as God sees them. As you adjust yourself to God, your heart will begin to desire the same things God’s heart desires. When you pray, you’ll find yourself asking for the very things God desires (see Ps. 37:4). Matters foremost on God’s heart will be preeminent in yours. Your first request in prayer won’t be for yourself but for God’s name to be exalted and His kingdom to be extended (see Matt. 6:9-10).
Have you been asking God to give you the desires of your heart without first seeking to understand what’s on His heart? God places this important requirement on the prayers of His children: that we seek His priorities and make them our own. This great qualifier prevents us from asking from selfishness. As we find joy in the Lord, we’ll see what’s truly important, and we’ll long for these things as the Father does.
We become colaborers with God by faithfully praying in agreement with His desires. As you seek the Lord’s will, He will guide your praying. He will invite you not only to pray but also to become involved in His activity as He answers your prayer. If He places a burden on you to pray for an individual’s salvation, that burden is also His invitation to join His activity in that person’s life.
Prayer prepares you to be a servant through whom God can bring about His will on earth. Pray that the Lord’s absolute rule on earth will begin in your life. Then watch to see how God uses you to extend His lordship to others.
If someone closely watched your life—your words; activities; reactions; and the ways you spend your time, energy, and resources—what would they determine is most important to you?
What dominates your thought life?
What do your priorities and thoughts reveal about your will in relation to God’s will?
In what current situation do you need your perspective and desire to be realigned with God’s heart?
What was the most meaningful statement or Scripture you read today?
Reword the statement or Scripture into a prayer of response to God.
What does God want you to do in response to today’s study? [Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby (2014). Seven Realities for Experiencing God – Member Book. LifeWay Press. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]