Preparing for 24:7 Prayer – December Reflection

On earth as in heaven

‘For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen’

In preparation for our week of 24:7 Prayer commencing 13th January 2017 we are looking at The Lord’s Prayer over the six months from July to December, a section at a time.  This monthly blog by Marcus Pagnam is designed for private or group study, and meditation.  Marcus says: “I have taken some material from ‘Teach us to pray’ by Rob White, Malcolm Down Publishing, which I highly recommend for further reading.”
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He is making everything new

What might the kingdom of God look like, come in all its fullness?

The bible has a few clues for us:

There will be a new heaven and new earth and God will live permanently with His people. 

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for God is making everything new. (From Rev 21)

And as we look to God in prayer, saying ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’, we are, in effect, expressing a deep longing for the time when He makes all things new.

We are longing for restoration- in people’s hearts and lives, in culture and governance, and for this very planet upon which we live.

So, there are questions we must ask:

‘What do we see or hope to see as we pray His kingdom come on earth as in heaven today’?

‘What are the areas, who are the people, that God has placed on my heart, where I long to see transformation and healing take place’?

‘And where is God leading me next?’

For one thing we can be sure of, God is always in the business of doing something new. As you seek to follow Christ as a disciple, as you play your part within the Church, is God calling you and us into a new season? A time to lay down the old and pick up the new?

As we approach the week of 24:7 prayer planned for January 2017 let us be asking these questions as individuals and as the church.

We conclude these reflections on the Lord’s Prayer with a statement of devotion, humble reliance and confidence in Him alone.

The Kingdom is indeed God’s. It is for Him to build and increase His dominion and we are to play our part- in readiness, in devotion, in openness to His hand of transformation on us as well as our surroundings.

Any power that we think we have gained or exercised, is no real power at all, for ‘apart from Him we can do nothing’ (John 15:5). We are humbled at the thought of our total reliance on Him and we are excited at the prospect of His power working in and through us.

And of course, the glory belongs to Him alone. Let us resist any temptation to claim even the smallest amount for ourselves – the fleeting achievements of the day, the lives impacted by God at work in us, even the conquering of sin and temptation, ironically replaced by pride as we smile at our success.

But today, right now, and for ever more- the kingdom, the power and the glory belong to Him alone.

John has another vision in the book of Revelation. A picture that all of creation longs to see fulfilled. A day when…. ‘every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, is saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honour and glory and power,

for ever and ever!” (Rev 5:13)

May we, too, long for that glorious day, when He makes all things new

 

24:7 Prayer Week 13.01.17 to 20.01.17
Introduction

November Reflection

October Reflection

September Reflection

August Reflection

July Reflection

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