These are questions we need to be asking ourselves when we think…
1) How should I pray?
2) How do I live?
How should I pray?
Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about the “Lord’s Prayer” and how it gives us insight into “how we should pray.” If you’ve missed any of the talks, check them out here.
This past week we talked about what it means when Jesus asks us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is Heaven.” We looked at Mark 1 and some of the things Jesus does when He came from Heaven to Earth to show us what it all is supposed to look like. Here are some things we drew out of the passage that we should be praying for, for our church and for the world:
1. In heaven all will know Him (and not just know, but follow Him)
– Jesus called people to follow Him (Mark 1:16-20)
– So we pray for people to follow Him
2. In heaven, all will know the message
– Jesus taught people the message (Mark 1:21-22)
– So we pray for His message to go out and for people who will bring the message (See Matthew 9:36-38)
3. In heaven all evil will be gone and all sin will be gone
– Jesus cast out evil (Mark 1:23-28)
– So we pray for the evil of the world to be gone
4. In heaven, there will be no more sickness
– Jesus healed the sick (Mark 1: 29-31)
– So we pray for healing
How do I live?
The majority of us have a lot to learn about being faithful in prayer. However, if we are honest, we need to learn how to live out this Good News as well. We pray for God’s Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on Earth as it is in heaven, but we need to go and do as well. So there is a fourth part to each of these points that I didn’t add on Sunday:
1. We invite people to follow Jesus
2. We teach the message of Jesus
3. We help wipe out the evil of the world
4. We help bring healing to the world
Pray and Live
How are we a part of “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven?” We pray and we go and we do. And we bring others along with us in the journey.
“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
~ Mike Swann