Praying About God’s Kingdom

I have always enjoyed praying the Bible. There is never a tired moment, a weary moment, that I don’t think about the Psalms as being a book of prayer as well as praise.

The Lord’s Prayer is likewise a guide for us in learning how to pray and in living out our prayers.

In our last online Call to Prayer, we focused on the heavenly Father and His holy name: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

During the next online Call to Prayer – at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 – we will turn our attention to “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

When we pray this part of the prayer, we are praying about His kingdom and His will. Praying this way means that we desire His kingdom to come.

In other words, we are focusing not on ourselves and our earthly circumstances, but rather we are focused on His kingdom coming and realizing a revolution in the truest sense of the word.

It is also a matter of expectations. The kingdom is indeed coming. We realize that His is a perfect kingdom, and as subjects of the King we look forward to it.

Praying the prayer “Thy kingdom come” is a call to service, which leads to the next emphasis which is, “Thy will be done.”

Perhaps all of us have struggled with what God’s will is for each of our lives. When we pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” we are praying that the perfect will of God will be realized here in an imperfect world.

This is a reminder that we are servants of God, that we are to be doing His will, and that we want to make that the ambition of our lives – the holy aim of our lives.

I’m reminded of a quote from the late George W. Truett: “To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.”

Let’s gather online next Wednesday focusing on God’s will so that we’ll make a world of difference in this world that needs a difference made.

Rick Lance
Matt. 6:33

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

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