10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
How we understand God affects the way we pray.
Prayer is more than asking God for things. Prayer is grounded in the knowledge that our Father already knows what we need and He will meet our needs according to His riches in glory. As such, we do not bring our agendas when we pray, but rather we focus on God’s agenda.
God’s kingdom is God’s will and God’s will is God’s kingdom.
When we pray, we want what God wants, that is, for the world to know that His kingdom has come near them. Prayer leads us to act. You can’t stay placid when you pray. You have a part to play in the advance and expansion of God’s kingdom. You cannot follow Jesus and not go where He sent you.
God wants His will to be done on earth through you. It starts with availability more than abilities. You are the perfect answer to Jesus’ prayer: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
You will be surprised by just how often God has already prepared the ground for our encounters with others. Acts shows us how Jesus set-up Peter to meet Cornelius and how Paul got his Macedonia call. If God is in it, there is no “chance encounter” with Him, but a divine appointment.
Be a witness of the kingdom and bear witness for the kingdom.
Pray for divine appointment(s) to share the gospel as you go about your daily activities. It will heighten your spiritual awareness and increase your boldness. See people’s needs and their questions as open doors for you to minister to them.
Ask God to use your testimony to transform hearts for His glory. Don’t be preachy—be honest, be real. Don’t try to paint a perfect picture of your life—just share how God came true for you during those moments of difficulty and pain.
Be faithful and God will make you fruitful for His name sake.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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