Tonight we discussed Matthew 6:10:
“your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
When we are praying for God’s will to be done, we are asking for his kingdom to be ushered into human history, the world around us.
– We can look around the world and see that His Kingdom is lacking around us. Modern day slavery, poverty, famine, war and many injustices are rampant all around us.
– Many things that happen that are not God’s will, but a result of living in a sinful world.
God is sovereign over the earth, but we still must choose to trust and have faith in Him.
– Satan (who had been in the presence of God) chose to reject God because of pride. Sometimes we think that if God was physically present with us it would be easier to obey him.
– Job 1-2 God allowed Satan to test Job and God allowed Job to go through suffering. Job responded with trust and praise recognizing that God was all he needed.
– We have a choice to trust God no matter the circumstance.
– The deeper our relationship w/ God, the better we are able to trust him in the midst of our deepest pain.
– We won’t always know why God allows certain things to happen. God doesn’t have to explain himself to us, He sees the big picture and knows where we fit into it even when we can’t see it.
The depth of our relationship w/ God matters more than anything, and it’s our prayer life that brings us closer to Him.
When our hearts are aligned with God’s heart we are praying His will. When we are praying His will, the natural response is a yes.
– John 14:13-15, I John 5:13-15
– Sometimes we’re praying the right thing at the wrong time. God may be waiting for us to become aligned w/ him before he can say yes to us.
– If we try to force God into our will, we will feel as if we’re constantly in conflict w/ God and will become frustrated. It will feel like God isn’t hearing us.
– When we say yes to God, we make it easy for him to say yes to us.
This week I added a phrase to our definition of prayer. I’ve been saying throughout our study that prayer is “conversations with God”. In a message by Erwin McManus, he said that prayer “has an effect on reality” and I couldn’t agree more!
New definition of prayer: “Conversations with God that has an effect on reality”.
When we connect with the heart of God, we will start seeing his kingdom around us on the earth. We don’t have to just sit around and wonder if something is going to be done about _______________ (whatever bad thing you see happening). We can intercede and ask for God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.