If Jesus gives you one promise, isn’t that enough? What if he gives you two promises, or ten? Here is the second promise, but there are eight more coming. This is his promise to you: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14.13).
The first thing Jesus taught us to ask for in the best prayer that has ever been spoken is “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6.10). When we pray Tuesday’s suggested prayer, “I pray for your kingdom to come in earth as it is in heaven,” we can be certain of this prayer being answered in the affirmative.
What are we actually getting, when God answers the prayer for his kingdom to come in the earth as it is in heaven?
Think about the system of the world in which we live. Self-centered, self-pleasing, self-sufficiency, self, self and more of self is the way of the world we live in. As such, there is brokenness, oppression of the vulnerable, conflict, drama, hatred, war, immense pain and more.
When Jesus began his ministry, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4.17). It was like he hung out a sign before the whole world saying, “Under New Management.”
Under Jesus’s management, we are free from the oppressive need to always get our own way. When we pray for Jesus to be the King of our life, he sets us free to actually live life to the fullest. As we change our minds about life (“repent”) and as we surrender to God’s direction, we find ourselves working with him and with his power to give abundant life to us and to people around us.
Let’s agree to take time to pray several times the suggested prayer, “I pray for your kingdom to come in the earth as it is in heaven.” Let’s claim Jesus’ promise that he will be answering this prayer in our lives today. Let’s see God turn our obsession with self into a willingness to follow his direction and life.
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