When Jesus began His ministry, His first words were, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is
at hand.” The ministry of Jesus Christ was apostolic in that He came with a specific purpose and message. Jesus taught the present-tense reality of the Kingdom of God. He encouraged people to, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” So we too should make the Kingdom of God the central focus of our life. Jesus said that when we do this, “all the other things will be added to us.” In simple terms, if you will seek what pertains to God, He will cover what pertains to you. When I consider what I have to offer compared to what He has to offer, I would say this is a generous offer.
Despite this amazing offer, it is interesting to note how few followers of Jesus Christ will submit to this exchange. Why is this so difficult? It goes back to the Garden of Eden. Eden means “voluptuous living” or “Garden of Pleasure.” God has had a plan of blessing for us from the beginning. Unfortunately from the beginning, we have doubted that a life directed by God could be better than one directed by us. Like Adam and Eve, we somehow are convinced that life is better when we are in control and nobody (or any force outside of us) should hinder our desire for personal satisfaction.
“So I say to you ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10 (NKJV)
How Should We Orient Our Prayers?
Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. He instructed them to open their prayer with, “Our Father who art in heaven, holy is your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This opening sets the stage for us to experience the power of God. We need to understand that His power is released when we order ourselves according to His kingdom.
We cannot be motivated by selfish desires and expect a response from God. The book of James declares, “You do not have because you do not ask.” He goes on to say, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” We need a change in our prayers so that they would be directed beyond our own pleasure. However the scripture is very clear that if we line up our priorities to the kingdom, God will answer our prayers.
Let’s Shake the Heavens as Mature Sons!
I believe this is a time for prayer and also a time when God is looking to respond to a people with kingdom priorities. Your family needs your prayers as much as you need to release the power of prayer. A child often responds to life emotionally, seeking gratification, but not always mindful of who they are and where they a positioned in life. This is the way our prayers have been prayed in the past and now the heavenly Father is looking for mature sons who will pray knowing who they are and how they are positioned.
I have a great expectation of a new level of prayer and divine response to my prayers. I trust you are sensitive to the Spirit of God and you are sensing this call to pray as never before. Many preachers and prophets are making predictions of world events with little impact on the world in which we live. As far as I’m concerned, let’s not simply try to predict the future, let’s impact our future by directing it with kingdom prayer.
Don’t be like Jonah who only wanted to announce God’s judgment. Let’s be like Jesus! He did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HOLY IS YOUR NAME, YOUR KINGDOM COME YOUR WILL BE DONE …