When Jesus declared on the Cross, “it is finished” (John 19:30), He was announcing that the grip of sin and the power of eternal death on mankind was forever broken (Heb 2:14-16). Jesus was also announcing the completion of His work from Heaven’s side. Now, all that remains is for us on earth to choose to:
- receive Christ’s work and be saved;
- submit to God, worship before His throne, and be transformed into Christ’s image by His love and power; and,
- accept the responsibility to invite the rule of God into the circumstances of earth through daily prayer.
It is the Kingdom power of God through prayer that will loose the captives, restore sight to the blind, raise the dead, heal the diseased, and see salvation brought to multitudes.
Let us then rise up with faith and pray in earnest, “Thy Kingdom come, Lord!”
YOUR WILL BE DONE
Jesus’ prayer continues with “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
This little statement, “Your will be done”, sometimes gives us cause to fear and tremble. We might be afraid of what that prayer might cost us!
It is true that we must come humbly and reverently before God with our petitions, willing to submit to His Lordship and receive His sovereign rule. But this is nothing to fear! We can instead have great confidence and rejoicing in God’s loving will.
There is no greater sense of peace than to lay aside our own desires, and come to the Father in prayer, seeking Him for His desires. When we know His will, we can ask accordingly, then rise up in the mighty promise: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7; see also 1 John 5:14).
THE WILL OF GOD
But how do we know God’s will? The primary way is through the Bible. We can be sure we are not asking amiss (Jas 4:3) when we pray according to the promises of God’s holy Word.
We can also spend time in prayer and meditation, waiting upon God and asking the Holy Spirit to pray through us according to the will of God. We can pray in our spiritual language, especially when we do not know exactly how to pray in a given situation. As we allow the Lord to guide us in prayer, He will impress upon our minds what He wants us pray for (Rom 8:26,27).
Studying the Bible and spending time in God’s presence through prayer will teach us what pleases Him. As we cast our cares upon Him, we will know His peace (Phil 4:6,7; 1 Pet 5:7). The Bible teaches that the peace of God can be a guide to us (Rom 14:17; Col 3:15). If we are doing something that displeases God or violates His will, His peace will leave us and we will have inner turmoil. This can also help us to understand the will of God.