Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 3March 11, 2011
As we forge ahead in prayer today, I want to help you to see that it is truly scriptural for you to expect God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven?
In Luke 11:1 the disciples asked the Lord, to teach them to pray. He answered them by giving them a pattern or model for prayer; a prayer which many of us know as the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus replied; “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Yesterday’s devotion, dealt with the first phrase of this verse and highlighted the most important aspect of prayer, which is our relational connect expressed through worship. Today, I want to look at the next phrase in this verse and ponder its meaning.
“Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
This phrase is a declarative statement. A declarative statement makes an official announcement about something in a public way. This statement is not asking that “His Kingdom come and His will be done,” it is declaring it. Declaring is different than asking! Making a declaration is a “so be it” command.
It is the will of God that His Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. In Heaven there is an abundance of good, and it’s the goodness of God that brings men to a place of repentance. Our Father who is in heaven is the sovereign King over the earth. Through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, man was redeemed and restored to his position as God’s children and ambassador’s who have been given dominion over the earth.
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
Colossians 2:15 (AMP)
When a King comes into power, he declares in a public way, his will. The “Declaration of God’s Will” is in his Word. When you and I are in a place of worship, our identity as His children is reestablished. As His children, we have a mission, to be His ambassadors on this earth enforcing the will of the King. As His ambassadors, we are called to publically declare in the heavens and the earth the word and will of God, so that it will be established on the earth.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NKJV)
As you Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope today, confidently declare His Word as His ambassadors as you stand praying for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done.
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