Last week we looked at the first petition in Jesus’s pattern for prayer, “hallowed be your name.” This week we look at the second petition, “your kingdom come.”
We all desire a world where justice rolls down like water, where sickness and death ceases, where God rules the nations and the nations rule as God would have them rule, and where we behold the face of our Father in Heaven with unveiled faces. Many of us have given up on such a world. We have become too content with moldy bread, when a feast awaits us. God’s Word assures us such a day will come.
The mid-nineteenth century missionary to South Africa Andrew Murray once said of prayer: “The disciples had been with Christ and seen him pray. They had learned to understand something of the connection between His wondrous life in public and His secret life of prayer. They had learned to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer – none could pray like Him. And so they came to Him with the request, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ And in after years they would have told us that there were few things more wondrous or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Imagine you have been called into the Oval Office, the private chamber of a Supreme Court Justice, or office of some other person of great power. What might your thoughts and emotions be? Someone so powerful, so revered, perhaps someone you greatly respect asked you for a meeting. You likely would prepare for days for that meeting. Nothing like this has ever happened to you. You are about to shake hands with someone who has more power in uttering a sentence than you have in ten thousand words. Yet, this person has chosen to meet with you.
Submitted by Andy McIlvain.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Is your Bible closed? How often do you read from it? A LifeWay Research survey revealed that of 2,000 Americans who read the Bible, only about a third of them read it almost every day. The average reader owns 3.6 copies of the Bible, and1 in 5 churchgoers never read the Bible. Continue reading
Submitted by Andy McIlvain.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is difficult, even for the most disciplined. Life in our broken world is not sympathetic or understanding of prayer. The powers and principalities that surround us deem it irrelevant, and the Spiritual Forces that seek to discourage us also work to diminish its use and effectiveness. Continue reading
The Apostle Paul exhorted the Colossian Christians, “Devote yourselves to prayer… (Colossians 4:2).” Many Christians lament that their prayer life is not all it could be. Perhaps prayer is not as regular as it ought to be, because people do not understand it. They prayed for something, and nothing seemed to happen. So, they pray less. Continue reading
All of us face adversity at various points in our lives. These adverse occasions take on various forms. They can be emotional, physical, economical, relational, etc. There are few people in history who have faced graver times of adversity than King David. In Psalm 4, we find David contending with his son Absalom, who has forced his father from the royal city, usurped his power, and sought to end his father’s life with the help of an army of soldiers. In the midst of his adversity, David’s response can serve as an example to us. Continue reading
1 Kings 8:31-51
In the wake of the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting, the New York Daily News ran the headline, “God Isn’t Fixing This,” on its cover page. The article criticized certain politicians for asking for prayer following the shooting, saying, “prayers aren’t working.” The headline led to the #GodIsntFixingThis movement. Continue reading
The alarm goes off. You bathe, brush your teeth, and get dressed. If you have kids, you get them up and going and eat breakfast. You get into your car and drive to work, maybe you turn on the radio. Continue reading