Monday, February 27, 2017

Prayer - Your Kingdom Come (HP15)

Mat 6:10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Why do we need to pray for God to establish His kingdom now?

John 14:15-17  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, our sins are cleansed by His blood and the Holy Spirit then dwells in us as the seal of redemption. When we keep His commandments, He will give us another Helper, so that the Holy Spirit dwelling in us is also the Spirit of truth.

John 18:37  Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
For our Lord Jesus to be King, He has to ensure that His disciples know the truth so that they are set free from the snares of this world.

John 8:31-32,36  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”...." Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
Once we abide in His word, our minds will be transformed or renewed and thus we are set free from worldly lusts and pursues. We are then truly born again through the word of God (1 Pet  1:23).

(Note: Speaking in tongue is only one of the spiritual gifts and has nothing to do with born again experience.)

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
When we obey and abide in His word, then He is King of our lives. God the Father and our Lord Jesus will come and dwell within us alongside the Holy Spirit, thus setting up the kingdom of God.

Luke 17:20-21  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say,

‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Brethren, whenever we pray 'Your kingdom come', we are requesting God to transform us so that His will, word, commandments, teachings, etc. are our Royal decrees. Then God is truly the King of our lives and can establish His kingdom within us.