“Lord teach us to pray.”
Luke 11:1-4 KJV Matthew 6:9-13KJV
Jesus of Nazareth taught how to pray and how to live in the Kingdom of God.
I believe there are pro-active positive, scripture based solutions to the many problems our nation and the world are facing as we move into the future.
Some will not accept this and seek other ways to try and rectify these global problems. They outright reject any biblically based solutions. Others will say we will hear you again later, however others will listen and embrace the scripture based solutions that will bring Heaven’s Kingdom blessings upon them.
True this Kingdom will not be established on earth during this present evil age we are now living in. However, the Kingdom of God of the age to come has the power to reach back to this present age and bestow Heaven’s Kingdom blessings upon those who will do one thing. This one thing is to seek first the Kingdom of God and learn God’s way of living (righteousness). The institution of both the Millennial Kingdom and God’s final kingdom will occur at some unknown future time but God’s blessing are available now.
Faith is needed in order to see the kingdom of God because for now the kingdom is invisible, however by faith we are able to see what our natural eyes cannot see. Faith is actually seeing life as our heavenly Father sees it. With God nothing is impossible.
This faith I speak of is only available to those who have been born again from above as it is not available to the un-regenerated natural man. Therefore the natural man cannot see or even perceive of this kingdom of God. This is why Jesus of Nazareth the Son of God was born into this world . . . to teach and show us by His example what the kingdom of God is and how to become a citizen of this kingdom by being born again or more properly born from above.
When Jesus taught the disciples “How” to pray He said, “Our Father Who art in heaven.” One might say this popular prayer known as “The Lord’s Prayer” may also be called “The Kingdom Prayer.”
When we pray, we communicate, talk to, and acknowledge not a distant god but the True God Who is Our Father Who is in Heaven. This is powerful, personal, and intimate!
“Hallowed be thy name.”
We acknowledge Him by giving Him all glory all honor and all praise!
“Thy Kingdom come”
We are anticipating the coming of His kingdom by seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Through this prayer we are reminded we have been given the authority to invoke His kingdom’s power and blessings on earth until the Age come when Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God physically upon this Earth.” We as Kingdom Citizens are Ambassadors for Christ. We have been given the authority of heaven itself to represent Christ to the world. Like Peter and John on the way to the Temple we have been freely given the keys to unlock the Kingdom of God on earth.
“Thy Will be done”
The Kingdom of God is wherever God’s Will and rule is accomplished in the name of Jesus Christ Who is the King of the Kingdom.
We have an example of this type of living in the book of Acts which is filled with recorded accounts of men and women doing wonderful mighty works in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
“On Earth as it is in Heaven.”
It is interesting the goal of many churches is to help people get to “Heaven.” This seems to be opposite of the Lord’s goal which is to get “Heaven to come to earth.”
We are to look with anticipation for The Lord’s government alone and not to man’s government to provide the remedy for our world’s problems,. Especially if the people running the government are not acting according to the truth of God’s Word. When the time comes for Christ’s government is established by Him upon the earth, He alone will rule with righteousness over the entire Globe.
I personally believe part of our responsibilities as God’s Children is to follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth and to be going about “Our Fathers Business.” We have all been sent by Christ to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to every creature. This begins with learning as much as we are able about “The Gospel of the Kingdom of God”
Preaching does not necessarily include standing before crowds of thousands, but at times it is simply sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God on a one to one basis.
The establishment of the Kingdom of God is the only viable remedy for this decaying earth.
“Give us this day our daily bread”
The Father knows we have needs even before we ask Him. He provides for the birds that do not sow, reap nor do they store up into barns. This is a beautiful picture The Lord painted with words to illustrate to us “How” Our Father will always provide for those who “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness”.
However the Lord said, “Man shall not eat of bread alone but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
There is a physical hunger that only food may satisfy. There is also a spiritual hunger that may only be satisfied by way of receiving from the heavenly Father the spiritual food of the word from heaven.
“And forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
This is the part of the “Kingdom Attitude” we are to have as “Kingdom Citizens.” Jesus taught the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Notice these are Be-Attitudes and not Do-Attitudes, meaning these are the attitudes a Kingdom Citizen should endeavor to live by in the manner in which we treat others as we live our daily lives.
The very first beatitude is one of being “Poor in Spirit” or having the attitude of true humility.
“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
James 1:13 (King James Version)
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
The Heavenly Father does not tempt us with evil; however He does deliver us from evil. Our Father does not lead us into temptation in order to test us to see if we will resist temptation or not.
“And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”
How can we expect forgiveness if we will not forgive? “
Forgiveness is a powerful tool that releases us from hurts and injustices inflicted upon us by others. When we forgive we are complying with God’s Will or Rule in our life.
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The Lord Jesus closes His instruction on “How” to pray by teaching His disciples to again submit by acknowledging the Fathers Kingdom, Power, and Glory!
This topic of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is what I have come to believe was the main focus of the Lord Jesus Christ’s mission while living on the earth. His main mission during the days of His flesh was to preach the Kingdom of God and then to teach those who responded on “How” to become a Kingdom Citizen and to live in this world as a Kingdom Citizen in the attitudes (Be Attitudes) of the Kingdom of God.
If we too will learn to live as our example Jesus showed us how to live in the gospels we may be persecuted and suffer injustice for His sake, however we also will truly be blessed by God with His Kingdom Blessing. By learning to live this way we will be blessed (happy) and prepared to be with the Lord during His Millennium Kingdom and beyond.