Imagine for a moment that you are in the stands cheering on your favorite sports team. In the last minutes of the game your team has gained a slight advantage and it looks like they are going to win. You are on your feet, cheering and shouting for them to “go.” We are challenging them to hold on, to be strong, and to do what they have to do to win. Your encouraging shouts are not pious wishes or hopeful pleas. They are urgent challenges to try and make it happen. They are, to put it grammatically, passive imperatives. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, our prayers are something like those urgent challenges. We are saying with a sense of great insistence, “Father, hallow Your name; advance Your kingdom; do Your will on earth. Make it happen, Lord!” And He will.
The Father loves to hear our prayers for His glory, His kingdom, and His will. He delights to answer such prayers. He has the ability to do what we ask. There is no way that the almighty sovereign God of the universe will ever let history come to an end without glorifying His name, establishing His glorious kingdom, and accomplishing His will fully and completely. In fact He is already doing these things, and the day will come when they will all be done on earth as perfectly as they are done in heaven. So pray them in faith; pray them with absolute confidence. You are contributing to the realization of His purposes! That’s an exciting way to pray.
Almighty Sovereign God, the hour is urgent, and the need is great! I plead with You to hallow Your name, advance Your kingdom and do Your will on this earth! Establish Your glorious kingdom as You move in power! Do it, Lord! With a voice of confidence, I ask You to rule and to reign! The enemy’s defeat is sure because You have already spoken His future!
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart: Prayers that Make a Difference by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the saving God whose paths are beyond tracing out! (Rom. 11:33). Give thanks for his continual, personal care for you. Confess any failure to maintain a healthy relationship with the Lord. Commit yourself to disciplined, joyful Christian living, recognizing the tremendous blessing of belonging to Jesus Christ. Ask that you will be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).
Pray that any personal difficulties experienced by unsaved persons around you may be opportunities for them to come to know the grace that is found in Jesus Christ.
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