Preparing for 24:7 Prayer – August Reflection

On earth as in heaven

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven…’

Kingdom come

As we pray ‘Your kingdom come’ have you ever stopped to ask ‘what does God’s kingdom actually look like?’ A great place to start is the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7), where His kingdom is described as being topsy turvy, at odds with the world’s ways. A place where the purity of our hearts is paramount, where we love our enemies, fully trusting God for our needs and where we refrain from judging others.

Prayer bookmark back coverThe Lord’s Prayer starts ‘Our Father’ – not ‘My Father’. When we pray for His Kingdom to come we are not to limit this to our own immediate surroundings, but we are to pray for the needs of others, for the whole world. We are to intercede, allowing our hearts to become restless at the inadequacy of how things currently are. We are to have one eye on the here and now, and one on the promise of a bright and glorious future, where ‘there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain’. (Rev 21:4)

Pour out your hearts

As we pray ‘Your will be done’ we are stating that we trust God who knows best. The amazing thing is that we can pray, trusting in His sovereign rule, yet we still come before Him with requests and longings that He will step in and change things! One such example from scripture is King Hezekiah in 2 Kings:20 who is gravely ill. The chapter begins with God saying to him: ‘Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover’. King Hezekiah responds by praying, calling out to God with bitter tears in his eyes, not opposing Him, but submitting to His ways and reminding God that he has faithfully served Him.

God’s response is remarkable: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. I will add fifteen years to your life.’ What amazing turn of events! How much more effective will our praying be when we learn to come before God, knowing the peace that comes from walking closely with Him, trusting in His perfect will, yet ready to pour our hearts out in passionate prayer, believing that we call on the One who moves mountains.

A breath away

It has often been said: ‘we live in the now and the not yet’. When Jesus began His ministry on earth some 2000 years ago, he said ‘Behold, the Kingdom of God is near’. With the birth of Jesus, the new age of the Kingdom had begun. And yet it will not be fulfilled completely until He returns. It is as though we are reaching out towards something so tangible, a mere breath away, something we can taste and smell, yet it is not fully in our grasp.

As we pray ‘on earth as in heaven’ we are joining in with creation’s groan for the redemption of all things. (Romans 8:22). We are asking Jesus to return and make all things new. And we are seeking the rule and reign of the living God right here, right now in our lives and across the whole world.

Amen, come Lord Jesus.

In preparation for a week of 24:7 Prayer commencing 13th January 2017 we are looking at The Lord’s Prayer over the next six months, a section at a time.
This monthly blog is designed for private or group study and meditation.
I have taken some material from ‘Teach us to pray’ by Rob White, Malcolm Down Publishing, which I highly recommend for further reading. If you would like a signed copy please let Marcus know.

24:7 Prayer Week 13.01.17 to 20.01.17
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