Matthew 6:5-15 – “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your, Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 ” Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
14 ” For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” NASU
The more I read and study what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” I realize that was not a prayer for Him, but it could rightly be called the “Disciple’s Prayer” because it is a guide for us in this present world. It touches on vital aspects of life and is a guiding light for us to follow as we pursue Him and His purposes here on Earth.
I don’t want to get into sectarian or cliquish phraseology and identifications, so I must walk softly in this presentation. Why? Because I want to talk about Kingdom Culture and the Atmosphere of Heaven here and now on Earth. I feed the need to ask a question that may lose readers at the outset, but it is pertinent. If Jesus told us to pray to the Father for the Kingdom to come and His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven and that is not for now, when is it for? A follower up question must be, “What is God’s Kingdom that we are praying will come?”
I will state adamantly that it is not some sectarian or cliquish grouping of people as was found in the Corinthian church when some were identifying themselves as Paul-ites or Apollos-ites or Jesus people. It is, in my humble opinion and belief, the embracing of God in His fullness, His sovereignty, and rule completely. It is allowing the culture of His Kingdom and the atmosphere of Heaven to be manifest in our lives and in our present world. What does that mean? It is not some cliché it is demonstrated through the manifestation of the Power of God.
It is Expectation not, Resignation. The expectation that God’s promises, all of them, will be realized, received and embraced in our lives. It is not a theoretical but an experiential relationship with Him. It is not being satisfied or resigned to whatever will be will be but taking the Promises of God and the Directives of God in the Bible as Present Promises and Current Assignments and pursuing them. Too often we justify our failures in prayer and the fact that we ask and do not receive some things. We say, “the will of God be done.” Amen! But if that is more an expression of lack of confidence that we can have what He has said and justifying it with, “it must have been the will of God.”
I remember the words spoken to Daniel when he had been praying and fasting for three weeks and then he had a vision, which answered his prayers. The angel said, “Daniel, the first day you prayed your prayer came before God, and I have come in response to that prayer. However, for 21 days the prince of the kingdom of Persia has withstood me. Michael, came to help me break through and here is the answer.” Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.” Persistence, not resignation to offering a prayer, genuine and sincere, and saying, “The Lord’s will be done.” We all want the Will of God to be done and to be submissive to that will but too often that statement becomes our escape hatch for not receiving what we were praying for even when what we have asked is identifiable as being in the promises of God.
In Heaven, there is no defeat! In Heaven, there is no sickness. In Heaven, there is no poverty. In Heaven, there is no uncertainty. If we are truly asking God to send His Kingdom to our present world then we are asking for the Culture of the Kingdom and the Atmosphere of Heaven to come in the here and now. The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is a convenient escape hatch to relegate some things to then and not now because if we live in His Kingdom and the atmosphere of Heaven now we are not satisfied unless we see the manifestation of His Glory and the fulfillment of His Purposes. Mark 16:15-18 becomes real and realized in our lives.
I am not suggesting that I have fully attained that place. The battles I am facing are evidence I have not, but I am pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God and want to Live in the Atmosphere of Heaven in the here and now. To do that, I know that I must change my Perspective, Perception, and Expectation. I must make Him my objective and pursuit. His Promise is that if we seek Him first and foremost the other things of life will come with that pursuit. It is a Place that is Desired in my heart, not just for me but so that I could be a vessel He can and does use to bring in the harvest of souls and break the lingering hold of the evil one in our present world.
God bless you as you allow Him to take full control of your lives and enjoy this wonderful day He has made!