“…on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
For God the Father to be King is for God the Father to hold absolute sway over our lives. To pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is to make a commitment of allegiance to a ruler that brooks no compromise. Since God “lives” in heaven (the domain totally given over to His rule) and we live on earth (a domain in rebellion to His rule), it is to commit to a King who is returning with an invasion force to reclaim what is rightfully His own. It is to pray for God to rule as effectively and directly on earth as He does in heaven and to partner with God in causing that reality to be accomplished.
It is clear that this is no prayer to pray if we wish to remain the same. To pray this prayer is to invite God to radically redirect our existence forever. It is to invite heaven’s power to overlap earth through the medium of your life! It is to export heaven’s influence to earth, despite the screaming protests of the usurper demons that want nothing of the sort, and will be cast out only by force. It is to be part of a task force that will retake the ground that was lost in the original battle for earth by our first parents.
King of Heaven, I am astonished at the power which brings the reality of heaven into contact with the reality of earth. I invite You to radically transform my life so that I become dangerous to the forces of evil. Give me courage to stand up and fight the good fight in the power of prayer for the sake of Your kingdom. In the incredible Name of Jesus I ask it!
Adapted from Power Praying: Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Shout Hallelujah! to the Lord God Almighty. Praise God for his power and glory. Thank him for salvation (Rev. 19:1). Confess how rarely in recent days you have meditated on God’s wisdom and strength. Commit yourself to thinking more about what you can do for God, rather than what God can do for you. Ask for a renewed sense of awe about God’s character, for a greater hunger to know him.
Pray for family members or friends who hold God at arm’s length. Plead for personal peace and joy in Christ, so they will want what you have.
“Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance, but taking hold of God’s willingness.”
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.