If you’ve been reading and praying with us over the past two weeks, you’ll know that we have been talking about about what happens when the church prays together? This week, we look at the question of “how should the church pray together?” – specifically in regards to strategic, petitionary prayer for the nations to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
– Matthew 6:9-13
There is so much to learn as we look at how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. First – honor and worship and glory be to the Lord. He alone is worthy of it and everything we do (and pray for) in regards to strategic prayer for the nations is because of that truth. Next – Your Kingdom come, you will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of God is of upmost importance. Jesus taught us to pray for the Kingdom first – before we prayed for our own provision, our relationships, or our day. He instructed His disciples to pray with Kingdom vision – eyes set on the things that are above, not the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:1-4).
Prayer Focus #1 – Kingdom First
- Pray that God would teach us to see the world through His eyes – that He would give us Kingdom vision and that our prayers would reflect the Kingdom of God as priority.
- Take a few minutes to reflect on how you pray? What do you pray for? Do you earnestly pray for the Kingdom of God to come?
- If so, pray the the Spirit leads you to greater consistency and urgency in those prayers.
- If not, take the time to repent that your eyes have been set on the things of this world and ask the Lord to renew your mind and to set your eyes on the things above.
Prayer Focus #2 – With Great Confidence / Boldness
- Pray that because of who Christ is and our relationship to the Father through Him, that we would boldly draw near to the Lord through prayer.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Prayer Focus #3 – Without Ceasing
- Sometimes we pray and we don’t get the answer we expect or desire – and all too often we give up and our prayers discontinue at that time. We’ve been praying for God to send 100 for nearly a year now, and while we’ve not sent any additional laborers long term, we must believe that God is working in accordance to His glory, His purposes, and His will. Therefore, we must remain steadfast in our prayer for God to send laborers into His harvest, with thanksgiving in our hearts. Let us raise our voices together with greater earnestness and urgency than ever – without ceasing.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.