The Place of Prayer

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 ESV

All of Life Comes Together

The place of prayer is where all of life comes together. It is where we see ourselves as we really are. All the pretense is stripped away. It is also the place where we see God as He is. In prayer the glory of His splendor is perceived like nowhere else. It is in prayer that we begin to see our circumstances in the light of absolute reality. Everything becomes clear when we enter in and truly pray.

Why Do We Hesitate?

So why do we hesitate to enter the place of prayer? One reason is largely because prayer has a feeling of being unreal. We don’t feel like we are doing anything. In a world where it is demanded that we produce, that’s huge! We also have our pride to overcome. From the beginning man has always balked at admitting how dependent on the Lord He really is. We like to think we can handle things on our own.

To Those Who Know

To those who know what prayer truly is, however, it is the most real thing in the world. It is the place where they get in touch with reality rather than escaping from it. Prayer is also the home of the humble. They will be the ones who continually see the Lord acting on their behalf. They will have a continual testimony of the reality and greatness of their God.

Run to It

 Instead of running away from prayer, we need to run to it. Those who abide in the place of prayer are those who get a good taste of what it is like living in the Reign.
 
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Praying in Crisis

There is a storm gathering in the Ukraine.  Political upheaval has left the country in a state of instability.  Russia is threatening military action in Crimea.  The world is sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what will happen.  As God’s people, our first response to this situation should be to pray.  The question is, how do we pray in times like this?  Author/teacher Martha Kilpatrick provides us with some valuable insights.

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Extending the Kingdom

Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to “build the Kingdom of God” here on earth.  There are preachers and teachers that will say that, but nowhere do we find this idea supported in the Word of God.  God’s Kingdom is the exercise of God’s authority.  It is God reigning.  And because His reign is firmly established and will never come to an end, it cannot be contested or improved upon.  It can, however, be extended.  There are three primary ways we can work with the Lord to extend His reign.  Can you guess what they are?

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Praying in the Reign

The Lord’s Prayer contains several powerful statements about the Lord and His relation to His people.  I wonder what would happen if our hearts could truly grasp these realities as we prayed?

Our Father in Heaven

The Lord of Heaven has made us His children, and takes responsibility for us as our loving Father.

Hallowed be Your Name

The Lord is holy and must be hallowed in every thought and relation.

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven

The Sovereign Lord reigns over all things, and is fully intent that His will be performed on Earth without question or hesitation, even as it is in Heaven.

Give us the day our daily bread

The Lord Himself is the Source of our sustenance.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

The Lord alone can forgive our sins, and will do so in direct proportion to our forgiving those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

The Lord alone is our victory over all that is evil.

For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever

The Lord reigns in the power to fulfill His reign and be glorified in His creation and His people.

Amen

Our heart fully believes and completely agrees with all that we have just prayed.

Contemplating these truths as we pray this prayer will help us reach a whole new level in our relationship with the Lord.  This will better equip us for living in the Reign.

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