GET TOGETHER – His Kingdom Is A Kingdom of Life
Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (NKJV) Mt 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
I may have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite books that had an impact on my prayer life was Prayer by Richard Foster. Richard Foster is a Christian from the Quaker stream of the Body of Christ. In his book he talks about different styles of prayer and people having different temperaments in prayer. For those that have been in prayer meeting with different groups and even within your own congregation you have probably come to realize how true that is. My prayer is that for all of us that God will use today’s message to help us all to walk out our journey with Jesus Christ in a way that brings glory to His Name and imparts life to others.
Jesus lived on earth during a very unstable time. His home country was occupied by the Romans. Some of His own people took advantage of their fellow Jews by extorting them while collecting taxes for the Roman government. There was a group called the Zealots that wanted to start a revolution to send the Romans back to Rome. There were Pharisees that had an outward form of religion, but we see in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus called them out on their form of religion “Mt 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Then you had the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the immortality of the soul, or the resurrection of the body. Now that is sad you see! There were the Herodians who were well to do Jews who supported Herod and as long as the Romans left them alone they were fine with the Romans ruling them. The majority of the people were common people.
There was one more group that I didn’t mention. They weren’t perfect, but that is the group that I want to be in. They were the disciples. Jesus started out with twelve, then there were seventy, one hundred and twenty in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, three thousand saved on the Day of Pentecost and millions of all colors, and nationalities since then.
Somewhere in Foster’s book I remember that the Holy Spirit sparked me to often pray “Your Kingdom come Your will be done” for people that God loves, but I may have a hard time praying for. He has had me to pray that over situations, circumstances, cities, states, and nations. You see I believe that the Scriptures point us to a God that loves all people and desires that all people walk and live in His will. We are told in 2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (NKJV) I am not saying that all human beings will come to that place of repentance, but God is inviting all to come to that place.
Think about this. I am sure that the Jewish people listening to Jesus preach the Sermon on Mount had a hard time praying for some of those people in those groups that I mentioned. But think about it. One of Jesus first disciples was Simon the Zealot. Another was a former Tax Collector (Lu 6:15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot). Someone must have been praying your Kingdom come Your will be done in their lives in earth as it is in Heaven. What if they had not been praying? What if they had resorted to name calling and manipulation? Would those have come into the Kingdom and have been led out of the destructive lives that they were living?
That leads us to another verse that the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about today. In this hostile culture that we live in are our words being words that the Holy Spirit is giving us to say? Are there some times that the Holy Spirit puts a guard over our mouth so that we do not say the wrong thing? Well one way to know that if it is the Holy Spirit, or not is concerning whether the words bring forth life, or not. Remember Jesus said that the Spirit gives life. He said that the words that He spoke were Spirit, and they were life.
There may be some things that we don’t all agree on, but I think that coming from today’s message we can pray “your Kingdom come your will be done for those that we love. We can pray that for those that we do not agree with. We can pray that over ourselves. We can pray that over our cities, states, nation and the world. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Imagine no hatred of others, no sexual sin, no drug addictions, no murders, no theft, no drunkenness, no theft, no pride, no envy, no sickness, no breaking up of families and so much more. I don’t know about you, but I have been praying for that and I will keep praying for that.
And the other thing that we can ask the Holy Spirit us with is to help us to be people that speak life and not death. We can be people that speak what the Holy Spirit is giving us to say. So today let us agree Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. And may the Holy Spirit give us wonderful beautiful words of life to encourage all who serve in the Kingdom and to invite others to come into the Kingdom. A Kingdom that is now and is to come ,and of which there is no end!.
Let us Pray
Lord today we pray Your Kingdom come today in the lives of all of our family members. We pray Your Kingdom come today in the lives of un saved friends, and family members. We pray Your Kingdom come in our cities, in our states in our nation. We pray Your Kingdom come Your will be done in all of our elected officials lives today. We pray Your Kingdom come Your will be done in the lives of those who hate us today. We pray Your Kingdom come Your will be done in the lives of the leaders of other nations today. Lord help us to release life today when we open our mouths. Help us to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying and to release what He is saying in the places that You have called us to serve You in
In Jesus Name
We love you all! May the Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord grant you peace!