Keeping our Eyes on the Kingdom

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  After he had fasted forty days and nights he then became hungry. and the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.’ But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:1-4, NASB).

Power from God should always be put to God’s use at God’s command, and never because of a dare to prove a fact already established by God through a holy experience.

God must be the overlord of our bread. Need, even legitimate need (and what could be more legitimate than food for a hungry believer completing a fast?), must never be the center of our existence. God must always be at the center. He must be the Lord, even of our need. God must supercede our need, even when the need is profoundly legitimate.

We serve the kingdom. God’s power is at the service of the kingdom. Needs must always come a distant second behind the kingdom goal. No appeal to the senses, to an innate sense of worth or loss, nor to a calling to the satisfaction of even a clean desire, can ever take first place. God supplies bread to reestablish His kingly rule, for kingdom purposes, not for the personal gratification or the achievement of any individual for whatever reason, however noble or legitimate. God must be God, even when the need screams to us that it must be satisfied (urging us to use God’s power if necessary).

–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).

Abba Father, teach me to need only You.  Show me how to seek Your kingdom first, allowing You room to move in my life to add other things that are necessary for living.  Help me to be a grateful child, appreciating all that Your hand provides.  May I share every good gift with others who have need so they might see how You take first place in my life.

Prayer Points

Praise God as the blessed and only Ruler over all things (1 Tim. 6:15). Thank him for sustaining all things by his powerful Word and holding all things together. Confess any situation in which you have resisted God’s rule in your life. Commit yourself to knowing and doing his will. Ask the Lord to put a hedge of protection around you and your loved ones.

Pray that the lives of children will be filled with growing love, true knowledge, and mature judgment so they will be able to choose what is best (Phil. 1:9-10).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).