Your Kingdom, Your Will

kingdomCome1I hope you’re discovering sweet release as you apply each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer to a specific prayer request. Today, the answer you seek has the potential to enter the “more than we ask or imagine” realm when you bring your burden before our Father and pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God’s kingdom is the place—the only place—where His will is perfectly performed. There is no hindrance, no interference, no objection. His will is embraced and trusted. It’s not like earth where so much gets in the way, like us, and even our prayers.

Do you sometimes sound like me?

“Lord, here is my loved one and this is the dilemma. Would you please…?” Even when I don’t verbalize my wishes, I have them, both acknowledged and in my subconscious. I am not short on suggestions for ways God could fix this—but my proposals are inferior to His ways.

Are my prayers limiting or do they release answers that are above what I ask or imagine? A Kingdom of God mentality will align my prayers with God’s will.

“Lord, I want your kingdom to rise in this situation—for righteousness to reign and sin to flee. Father, shine your light on this mess and let your glory glow. I want your will to be done, even if I don’t understand it, like it or agree with it.

And as I pray, Lord, may your kingdom reign in my heart without resistance. Spirit, keep this truth before me: your ways and thoughts are always higher than mine and everything you do is initiated by astounding love and fathomless faithfulness.

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth—in this situation—as it is in heaven. Amen.”

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory … for ever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:20-21

The Best Known Prayer

The Lords prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is familiar even to those who don’t know “our Father in heaven.” For many, it is a prayer to recite during a religious service, funeral, or moment of piety. But Jesus did not give us this prayer as a formal recitation.

The prayer can be viewed it as a menu of topics about which to pray, but it’s  more than that. It’s a pattern.

Jesus gave us a pattern for personal conversation with God and provides us with an outline for each concern we bring to Him. When I apply it, every aspect of the need I’m presenting is covered, even those I hadn’t considered.

As we talk about the parts of the Lord’s Prayer in upcoming posts, I invite you to choose one personal prayer concern and apply Jesus’ pattern to your specific request. I believe you will experience sweet peace.

Our Father

Sometimes I get no further than simply saying, “Our Father.” When my heart is heavy with concern for a loved one, I utter those words and peace invades. It’s not an attempt to convince my Father to listen and intervene, but a confession of faith. He is our Father—mine and the one I am praying for. When I speak those words, I’m acknowledging that God cares more than I do because He is their Father and I’m releasing the one I love to the One who loves greater.

Suddenly the complications that bewildered me, come to rest. My heart stills because my Father, our Father, has it covered. Those two words remind me that He’s in the picture, He’s present, He’s omnipresent.

Our Father is everything we could want an earthly father to be and more. He loves perfectly, provides lavishly, listens patiently. He shows mercy, kindness and grace without reservation. He understands our weaknesses and knows what’s needed to strengthen us.

His Father’s heart responds to me, His child, talking to Him about the needs of another beloved child.

Today, let the words “Our Father” bring peace to your heart as you speak them on behalf of your loved one, your troubling situation, your concerns.