Thursday, 10th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10 KJV)
In the prayer format that Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13, they understood that the prayer was contextualized to a dispensational consideration. Therefore, following their writings, it’s clear what we should say in the light of what Jesus taught in prayer.
For example, when He said, “Thy kingdom come...,” while the fulfilment for Israel will be at the millennial reign of Christ, and that the spiritual kingdom has come to us in Christ, and we pray to extend this kingdom to those who haven’t yet received it into their hearts. He desires to see the Kingdom expand in different nations.
Then He said, “...Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” That’s a call of the Spirit for God’s will to be done in man’s world, because God’s will isn’t always done. But He’s sent us to bring forth His will to men everywhere; He sent us with a message. We know that when we go to them, the Kingdom has come to them! And when we pray for them, we’re praying the will of the Father; we’re praying that their hearts will be open to receive the Kingdom because the Bible does tell us that God opens the hearts of men.
For example, it tells us about a woman named Lydia, “...whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul” (Acts 16:14). If the Lord would open that woman’s heart, He can open anybody’s heart. And when God opens a man’s heart, the Kingdom comes into that heart. Hallelujah!
Through our prayers, God’s Spirit can prevail on men’s hearts, for the Bible says, “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field” (Zechariah 10:1). The Spirit has been poured out, and every grass in the field has been touched by the Holy Spirit.
Our role is to pray and speak forth the words of salvation, deliverance and liberty and bring men into the Kingdom, into union with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And because the Father always hears and answers when we pray, it’ll be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. Glory to God!
"I join my faith with God’s people around the world to speak forth salvation, deliverance, liberty, into the hearts of men, to bring them into the Kingdom, and into union with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Their hearts are open today to receive the Gospel and be born into the Kingdom, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Luke 17:20-21; Proverbs 21:1; Ecclesiastes 3:11
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 27:1-26 & Exodus 38-39
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 16:29-40 & Psalm 9-10