“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
The kingdom of heaven and the Holy Spirit’s presence and power are connected. It is very clear from the teaching of Jesus that our Lord was intimately concerned about the coming kingdom of His Father. That is the plain sense of this second line from the Lord’s Prayer. In fact, it is striking that Jesus told us to ask for that kingdom to come—as if our prayers in this matter would make a difference. In fact, they do. There is a sense in which the kingdom of heaven is coming—there will be an end to time when all evil will be destroyed and truth will prevail. But there is another sense in which the kingdom of God is already here—by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Read Acts 1:1-11 and underline all of the references to the kingdom and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, Your kingdom is now…and Your kingdom is not yet. What an incredible mystery, and yet it compels me to pray! What an incredible privilege You have given to Your people! Through the power and presence of Your Holy Spirit, my prayers make a difference in heaven for the sake of what is happening on the earth. May I never take for granted this grace-filled gift of prayer and intercession, which allows my heart to give a voice to what is in Your heart. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
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.
Praise God for his comfort. Thank God that he holds you close and calls you his child. Confess those times when you have rejected God’s love. Commit yourself to seeking God’s comfort through the people in the church and his Word. Ask him to deliver you from your desire to handle your pain alone.
Pray that the members of your congregation will reach out in ways which comfort those who are disheartened, discouraged, and depressed.
“Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you.” —1 Samuel 12:23
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.