Prayer and the Kingdom of God

As a church we are trusting the Lord to increase our anointing to pray for His kingdom to come in our lives, in our city, and in our nation.

“The effective and fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Your kingdom come”. The secret of effectual prayer is that it starts in heaven and the Holy Spirit reveals God’s purposes to us. Prayer is God’s way of getting heaven’s will done on earth. It is not man’s way of getting man’s will done in Heaven.

When we pray, there are three things to remember: God has given us the privilege of working with Him; God has invited us as co-labourers together with Him; God wants to be one with His people.

We know He can do it without us, but we cannot do it without Him. We need to keep the purposes of God in our hearts to stay totally dependent on Him so that He can work in us and through our prayers. Prayer does not begin with us but with Holy Spirit who reveals a desire from the heart of the Father and puts that desire into our hearts so we can pray effective prayers, and He gets all the glory. When we learn to pray that way, we pray like Jesus taught us through the ‘Lord’s prayer’.

There is nothing in our fleshly nature that causes us to seek God, but when God by the Holy Spirit makes us a new creation, He gives us the desire to pray and stay in touch with His purposes, building the Kingdom of God. God has called us to be labourers together with Him to seek first His Kingdom on earth.

As we spend time alone and also corporately with God and worship Him, we recognize that He is our Shepherd. He has promised, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:14), and He will share His purposes with us. Many just run into God’s presence and say, ‘..listen Lord, your servant is speaking’. In the rush we don’t remember to wait on Him. We need to say, ‘speak Lord, your servant is listening’.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.(Matthew 6.9–13)