Luke 11:1-4 – Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
We have been exploring the subject of how to pray like Jesus. This subject is inexhaustible. However, I will like to point out the most important prayer point in the prayer model of Jesus in Luke 11 – ‘Your kingdom come’. The word kingdom is from two words, king and domain. When we pray that God’s kingdom should come in our lives we are asking for His rule in our lives. And where God rules there is no other force that can prevail. One of the major ways that the kingdom of God comes into manifestation is by praying it to come. This is the most crucial prayer point for every believer to pray over their lives, family and ministry.
The kingdom of God is defined in the above scripture in Romans as righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. So when you pray for the kingdom of God to come, you are asking for these three factors to be activated in your life. In Matthew 6, Jesus said if we seek the kingdom of God first, all other things would be added. Everything else comes on the back of the arrival of the kingdom of God.
The impacts of the factors of the kingdom of God are as follows:-
Righteousness brings exaltation – We become the righteousness of God in Christ. This gives us a new spiritual status that has a radical impact on our lives. This righteousness gives us right standing with God and when you have right standing with God you stand above all. You are far above all.
Peace – The word peace is translated shalom in Hebrew meaning wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken. When the Kingdom of God arrives, you have peace that passes all understating. Your life begins to become whole.
Joy in the Holy Spirit – Joy is different from happiness. Happiness is based on happenings. In other words when something good happens a person becomes happy but when something bad happens they immediately become unhappy. So the source of happiness is happenings. But joy has its source in God. It flows regardless of the circumstance and it swallows up a negative circumstance and turns it around. The bible says the joy of the Lord is our strength. While unhappiness deflates and creates mood swings. The joy of the Lord builds you up and keeps you up.
When the kingdom of God manifests, it is heaven on earth. It is the combination of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit that creates heaven in our lives but we need to pray it into manifestation. The bible says the kingdom of God is within us and you stir it up by praying in the Holy Spirit. I spend a great deal of time praying in the Holy Spirit to build up my capacity for the supernatural. The Kingdom of God is here but we need to activate it by putting a demand on it to affect our lives.
An example of what happens when the Kingdom of God is activated is in Luke 7:20-24
The men came to Jesus. They said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask you ‘Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?’ “ At that very time Jesus healed many people. They had illnesses, sicknesses and evil spirits. He also gave sight to many who were blind. So Jesus replied to the messengers, “Go back to John. Tell him what you have seen and heard. Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor. Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me.” So John’s messengers left.
For further Study
Personal declaration for the day
Heavenly, father let your kingdom come.
Questions for you to reflect on
What is your most important prayer point?
What is it that comes and brings everything you need with it?