When we humbly pray, it is a reminder that God is the Sovereign Lord, the Creator, the One Who gives life and sustains it, and the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Ps. 97; Ps 104; 1Tim. 6:13; Jas. 1:17; Rev 4:11).
We can come before our loving Father, but it must be with reverence. We can be bold in the asking (Heb 4:16), but we must be respectful. We are as a worm (Job 25:6); He is the Everlasting God.
It is in prayer that we recognize our own unworthiness and how much we truly need God. As we draw near to God, we also learn of God’s loving willingness to hear us and draw near to us (Jas 4:8). As we pray and God answers, we realize that our truest help and provisions come from Him alone. In Him – and only Him –is all that we need. That is even more reason to glorify Him – hallowed be the blessed name of our God!
YOUR KINGDOM COME
Jesus’ pattern for prayer continues: “Your kingdom come…” (Matt 6:10).
The Bible clearly reveals that it is God’s highest desire to establish His Kingdom rule in the affairs of mankind. And it should be the utmost desire of every true Christian to see God’s Kingdom life and power come into every situation – even now!
That is one of the foremost reasons why we pray: we must invite God’s Kingdom rule and power on earth, as it has already been accomplished in Heaven.
Many people mistakenly believe that God does whatever He wants regardless of our requests. But the Bible is clear that man is responsible for INVITING God’s order and rule – His presence, purpose and power – into this world. God desires to move on our behalf; but He commands that we invite His work through prayer.
MAN’S LOST DOMINION
God created man and woman, and gave them the responsibility to rule over this earth as stewards (Gen 1:26-28). But mankind betrayed God’s trust, and instead made a choice to rebel and disobey (Gen 3:1 7). As a result, mankind lost intimate fellowship with God, and forfeited the right and ability to rule as God intended (Gen 3:15-24).
And then, because man chose Satan’s lies over the truth of God’s Word, Satan was able to take the authority mankind had surrendered to him, so that now “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”(1 John 5:19). Mankind has ever since been vulnerable to satanic deception. Our own sinful and rebellious choices have also contributed to the painful and confused mess our world has become. Death and destruction have invaded every part of life as we know it.
So much of the tragedy, pain and suffering in our world is not according to how God created and intend-ed our world to function. It is a result of sin entering our world through man’s chosen rebellion and disobedience (Rom 5:12; 8:18-22).
NEW KINGDOM LIFE
But God, in His great mercy and love, provided mankind with a redemptive choice. God sent Jesus, Who announced that man could be restored to God’s Kingdom rule and purposes: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17). It was time for a new kingdom rule to begin!