Day 37

Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

Matthew 6:10

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Devotion

Christians know that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. The Jews of the first century A.D. were looking for their Messiah to deliver Israel from its oppressors and set up His kingdom on earth. Israel would then rule with Him forever. God’s people would finally be rulers of the world instead of being trampled upon. Jesus will do just that when the time is right. However, He first came as the Lamb of God to be slain for the world. He will come back to earth as the Lion of the tribe of Judah and rule over all. Jesus’ Kingdom is a spiritual domain (John 18:36). He serves as King of our hearts when we invite Him in. He wants to enter into every human heart and be Lord and Savior. In the near future the will of God will be done every moment of every day. Until then we should pray the Lord to accomplish His will in us and in others by yielding to Him. We can pray this way:

Jesus, cause Your glorious, sovereign, Kingly rule to reign without obstruction everywhere in the world (including my heart). Make Your all-wise, all-good, all-just, all-holy will to be done all over this world the way the angels do it perfectly and joyfully in heaven — and make it happen in me. I submit my will to Yours. Oh, that heaven would come to earth as the Holy Spirit leads and guides us. You are not willing that any perish but that all come to repentance. Use me as a minister of the gospel to those I encounter daily. Help me usher Your Kingdom into the hearts of perishing people. Empower me to obey You in all things so people are attracted to You, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Quote

“Prayer exercises your willpower and gives God authority to work in your life.”

Max Lucado

Scripture

“Whatever you do, I’ll work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24 NIV