Your Kingdom Come

A few months ago I got to be a part of a lifegroup where we studied the Lord's Prayer. If you aren't familiar with it, it goes like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Growing up, when I learned how to pray, I was always taught that the way Jesus prayed above is the framework for which we should pray. If you were a Sunday school kid like me, you may be familiar with the acronym P.R.A.Y.: Praise, Repent, Ask, and say Yes. I have always prayed this way for as long as I can remember, seldomly going back to the Lord's Prayer for reference. It wasn't until my recent lifegroup that I realized that there was so much power in the words Jesus Himself used to teach us how to pray.

I began the practice of praying through the Lord's prayer in my own quiet time and was so shocked at what took place. Often times I would find myself getting stuck at one portion, sometimes it would be the part about forgiveness, or other times it would be the section about daily bread. Whenever I would find myself in that space I would pause and pray through that specific section. Maybe that day I needed provision in a special way or needed to extend forgiveness.

Whenever I got stuck on “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” sometimes I would just be overcome with gladness. When we pray in this way we tell God that we want to be a part of whatever it is that He wants to do here on Earth! What a wonderful thing it is to be invited to such a place by God.

As we approach the end of our time of corporate prayer and fasting I have been reminded that prayer is much more than just a conversation with God. When we pray we get invited to partake in what it is that He wants to do in HIS Kingdom- and that’s a lot! What a gift it is to be partakers in Kingdom matters.

We have a few days left of the fast. Can I encourage you to do one thing if you haven't yet--pray like you never have before. Pray that God’s kingdom would come and that His will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Ask Him how you can partake in what it is that He wants to do, then watch Him move in wonder.

by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus. 

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