October 8

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Two of the most difficult ideas to define in the Bible are God’s Kingdom and God’s Will. God’s Kingdom is currently the spiritual Kingdom of God that Jesus brought with him when he came to earth. This Kingdom, for followers of Jesus Christ, is our primary citizenship. We follow our King and his desires over the desires of kingdom of this world which includes us. Jesus said this kingdom is actively in and around us (Luke 17:21).

The will of God has been defined many different and detailed ways, yet the most basic of these is simply to live in a loving relationship with Jesus that is seen through the fruit and obedience that it produces. When we pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done, we are asking for a piece of heaven to come and reside in our world.

Today’s Scripture:  Philippians 3:20-21, 1 John 2:3-6

What do you think?   What things can you do to be more aware that you are a citizen of God’s Kingdom?

Today’s Prayer:  Pray that God will open your eyes and heart to the ways that need to change for you to look more like a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

October 9

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

I remember the buzz when Walmart came into town. Almost everyone was excited to have the new and affordable conveniences that came with Walmart. It was welcomed with a warm invitation from the community. Here in Jesus’ prayer, we get to respond to the wonderful invitation that God has given to us.  He has invited us into a relationship with him and as we say, “Your Kingdom come,” we are accepting his invitation acknowledging our desire to see God change us and our world. We are asking that God bring some of the goodness of heaven here to earth but it starts with those changes being made in us first.  Those changes cannot be made until we decide to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Today’s ScriptureLuke 9:23-26

What do you think?  What are some areas where you resist inviting God’s Kingdom and will to change you?  How could you pray for these changes to happen?

Today’s Prayer:  Pray for God to work the change process in you.  Be specific to the areas you identified.

October 10

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Have you ever tried putting a puzzle together without a picture of the finished puzzle?  It is hard, frustrating, and thoughts of quitting may flourish. When we pray for God’s Kingdom to come we must realize our picture of what that looks like probably is not the picture God has in mind. It is better. But the process of God’s Kingdom coming into us and our world can be frustrating and hard because we don’t know the whole plan.  The Bible says that because of our sin, we cannot see the fullness of what God’s Kingdom will look like around us (1 Corinthians 13:12). But fortunately we do know what the Kingdom of God looks like in us.  It is a continual process of looking more and more like Christ in our actions and character (2 Cor. 3:18). So the first step in God’s Kingdom and will being done is in our pursuit of abiding in Christ which transforms us into the likeness of Christ.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-17

What do you think? In ways is it hard to accept you do not know how God’s Kingdom will come to you and your circumstances?

Today’s Prayer: Pray that you will be open to how God moves and works in and around you for His Kingdom to come. Pray also that you may see him working around you.

October 11

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Most people who love hunting and fishing have one thing in common: The pursuit of the trophy. While experience has taught them this is an once-in-a-lifetime possibility, every season the anticipation is there. Do you do the same with your prayers? We want all of the outcomes surrounding us, our friends and acquaintances to be just perfect (for us). But this is not what Jesus is teaching here when he is inviting God’s kingdom and will to come to us and our world. He is teaching us that God is sovereign and we want his perfect hallowed character to move in our lives and world. So the focus is not how he is going to do it, but asking that as he does it (even though it might hinder our comfort and happiness). Acknowledging his power, love, and wisdom powerfully releases us from tension to peace as we seek His plans instead of ours. We no longer have to hold on figuring out life’s problems and can rest anticipating how God is going to work in our situation knowing He will be present no matter the outcome.

Today’s Scripture: Luke 22:41-44

What do you think?  What makes it so difficult for you to trusting in God’s plan over your plans?

Today’s Prayer: Pray today for your needs without including specific outcomes but instead ask for God’s will to be revealed or be done for each.

October 12

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

If you stared in a mirror your whole life, how much of the world would you be missing? The same is true in prayer, if we only pray for our walk with Jesus and our needs, we miss so much of the prayer life.  God’s Kingdom lives within you and me, but it also wants to live in the lives of every person. There are two kingdoms at war, and while God’s Kingdom holds the most power, God has entrusted us who are far from powerful to fight with him. Calling on God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done is welcoming God to our world, but it is also welcoming conflict. The conflict is with people who do not understand the love and peace that is found in God’s Kingdom and it is with Satan who will do everything He can to keep it that way.

 

Today’s Scripture:  Ephesians 6:12-18

What do you think?  How can your prayers be more attentive to the spiritual battle that we are fighting?

Today’s Prayer: Pray that you may stand firm against Satan’s attacks and that you may have an opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom is some way soon.

October 13

Luke 11:2  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Do you remember when you first felt that nudge or affirmation that God is real? Do you remember when you accepted Jesus as your savior and was free from your sins? How about the feeling you felt when you came out of the waters of baptism?  These are all memorable experiences that we wish everyone would be able to have. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying that those around us, those being reached by our Christian friends or missionaries would be successful in the sharing and accepting of the good news of Jesus Christ. Introducing people to Jesus all starts with prayer as God works in their lives. In this battle that we find ourselves in, some of our greatest offensive weapons is prayer for us and those ministering to people around the world. Prayer is also vital to revival breaking out in our area. If there is no prayer, many times there is little movement in God’s Kingdom coming near.

Today’s Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6, John 6:44

What do you think? Who can you pray for as they actively promote or listen to Jesus’ offer of salvation?

Today’s Prayer: Pray for that a spiritual awakening happens in our friends and in our community.

October 14

Luke 11:1-2  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

These two verses acknowledge a wonderful truth: God is sovereign. He is the one who holds all authority and it is from His throne room that any other authority exists. This is why we go to Him in prayer. This is why we are humbled by the privilege to go before God intimately to bear our hearts and minds. There truly is no one like our God!

If there is no one like Him, then surely we desire His goodness, love and justice to come to every part of this broken world. This is what God’s kingdom is to bring through His believers as they serve, love, and share the lifesaving Gospel of Jesus Christ. This prayer is not just words to say, but it is a reminder of the work we are to do as followers of Jesus Christ. We have been commissioned by the sovereign God to be participants in the coming of His kingdom here on earth.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 52:7

What do you think?  What can you do to bring glimpses of the Kingdom of God to those around you?

Today’s Prayer:  Pray for an opportunity to introduce our great and loving sovereign God through word or deed today.