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The Listening Heart ~ Living Set Apart

Matt. 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Prayer. Living set apart in God’s presence in an attitude of prayer. This is what we came for! We are now at God’s throne of grace and we are fully known and accepted there. His throne implies and is royalty and reign over a kingdom! It is His to rule and to judge.

What do we know of God’s Kingdom - His realm? In the Greek it is defined as:

A place where the ills and wrongs which burdens the present state of things are done away with, and the power that are hostile to God are thoroughly defeated.

WOW! Consider that and ponder it for a bit! What if we were to list our personal ills and wrongs that weigh heavy on us? The list would be a non-issue in God’s Kingdom - everything on it! Because the present state of things in this world, which are growing more confusing and dangerous, “are done away with”. They have no place in His Kingdom and are no more! This part of the prayer that Jesus teaches is that this is the Kingdom that we want to come and are to pray for. This speaks of relief from our current burdens that produce anxiety, strife, and distress in our lives. A return to the joy and peace in our relationship with God and others are things that are priceless.

We are told that, “the powers that are hostile to God are thoroughly defeated”. Hostility is a characteristic of an enemy, an adversary, or an oppressor. They oppress (keep people in subservience and hardship by the unjust exercise of authority), persecute (subject someone to hostility and ill-treatment), and treat in a hostile manner (seek to distress, overthrow, irritate, annoy, or provoke). God has enemies and these are some of the characteristics of powers that are hostile to God, and to those who align with Him, but in His Kingdom they are thoroughly defeated! Thoroughly - Completely - Carefully - Perfectly - Utterly! This victory perfect and complete in our heaven, our eternal home! Jesus is giving us a glimpse of victory that is ours. The thing that is so difficult for us here, is the we are not yet there! We are to live here and now in this world with our hearts and minds set in heaven. This prayer enables us to apply that with faith.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This part of Jesus’ teaching may often cause us to pause or hesitate. It may be because we struggle to surrender our will to God. Here are three possible reasons:

1-We don’t understand God’s will and His character.

2-We are ignorant of God’s will and His character.

3-We reject His word and authority due to a lack of trust.

If we are to understand God’s will, we must believe and trust in His love for us that we can be heard, and in His Supreme Authority as in the first part of this verse.

When we pray this, we are asking for His desires to come into existence on the earth including everything and everyone in it, in the same manner that it is in heaven. His desire is that we would know that “He so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). He has provided a way out of the judgment against the world. He has given us a Savior who is teaching us the best pattern for prayer. Jesus willingly laid down His life for us and is the only way to the Father. When we pray this prayer with Him (He is seated at the right hand of God) we do the same thing to advance His Kingdom!

How kind and good for us to understand the value and power that Jesus gives us in not only teaching us HOW to pray, but in praying with and for us! These words are not passive - they are POWERFUL!

Have you said this prayer without understanding the power of it?

Having read this, how will you pray differently?

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