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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 25, 2010 - Kingdom Come

By Bob Caldwell

It seems to me that the average Christian misses a major purpose of prayer. Most people understand that we should praise God in prayer and that we can petition Him to act on our behalf. But I think that one of the most important aspects is lost. You can find it in the second petition in the Lord’s Prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

At first, the request may seem unnecessary. Why should we have to ask God to do what He already wants to do? Perhaps it will make more sense when we personalize it.

If we apply the petition to ourselves, we might pray, “May my life be in the center of Your Kingdom and will as is the case in heaven.” In other words, we don’t just pray that God’s will be displayed throughout the earth, but also that our lives are lived according to His will. After all, what good is it to God if His Kingdom is manifest throughout the rest of the earth but not in His people?

This is the aspect of prayer that I think is often missed: That prayer is a vehicle for orienting us within the Kingdom. That the things that break God’s heart should break ours as well. That the victories that make the angels rejoice should become our joys too. That we should be far more concerned with the will of God than we are with our own.

Remember, the petition for the Kingdom to come precedes asking for even daily provision. If we are serious about the Kingdom of God being displayed on this earth, then we will align our will with His so that the manifestation of the Kingdom begins with us.

With that orientation in place, we can trust Him for every other need.

— Bob Caldwell (Ph.D., Concordia Seminary) is an adjunct professor with Central Bible College-St. Louis campus.

 

 

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