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Prayer series #14: Kingdom, Power & Glory

Having laid our requests before God, we cease focusing on our needs and concerns and turn our attention to God Himself.   In the Matthew 6 account of the Lord’s Prayer, we conclude with a doxology to God, “For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever, Amen.” 

We  pray to God who alone has wisdom and power and authority to answer our prayers in such a way that our needs are met and He is glorified.

Let us not deceive ourselves. As long as we are concentrating on our needs and our concerns, it is impossible to truly worship Christ. It’s only when we have laid our burdens on Christ that  we are free to praise and worship Him. We cast our burdens on Jesus and He gives us rest. There is no further need for worry or fretting.

In this prayer we learn that worship and praising God are always fitting when making requests of Him.  We see this truth  as we study the prayers of Old Testament saints.  The Psalms are filled with prayers of praise to God. 

In the New Testament   Paul’s  prayers  echo this praise to God. A good example is his prayer for Christians found in Ephesians 3:14-21. Read this prayer and note how he bursts forth into a doxology of praise to God.  Jude concludes his brief epistle with a doxology to Christ.  “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Worship is essentially our praise and gratitude to God, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We exalt Him for who He is and for what He has done for us.  Worship involves more than praising Him with our lips.  It involves the surrender of ourselves to Him and it results in the enjoyment of intimacy with Him.

Dr Harry Ironside, a well known Bible teacher I heard as a child, tells this story, “My wife and I stood one day looking down on Niagara Falls. How our hearts were stirred as we watched that mighty cataract pouring its tremendous volume of water over the great cliff unceasingly. Soon we noticed that from below a mist rose up that actually reached the point where we stood on the ledge above the Falls.  I said to my wife, ‘This is like worship- God’s mighty love and grace pouring down upon us; then our love and praise rising up and ascending back to Him, the source of all our blessings.”As we receive God’s spiritual and material blessings from day to day, it is as natural as the mist rising from the Falls for our worship, adoration, thanksgiving and praise to rise to Him.

We bless God by surrendering our lives to Christ, who is our Lord and King and submitting to His authority, “for Thine is the Kingdom.”

We bless God by coming to Him in our weakness and confidently depending on His strength. “for Thine is the power.”

We bless God by coming to Him in humility as we live our lives for His glory and by ascribing to Him all the glory for what He is doing in our lives.  “for Thine is the glory.”

In Heaven we will worship God perfectly, even as we desire to worship Him perfectly now on earth.  Revelation 4:11 and 5:12 describe that Heavenly worship of the saints.

Only as  we  magnify Christ and give Him the preeminence in our lives do  we truly worship Christ.  All else is empty emotionalism and vanity.  Revelation 22:13 teaches us that Jesus is the Alpha and Omega   (the A to Z ) of our lives.  Any experience we have is less than worship if it does not result in our total surrender to Him.

Christ is our Saviour through faith in the sacrifice of His shed blood.

He is our life, our purpose in living. Colossians 3:3-4

He is our King and we bow before Him. The more we read and study His Word, the more to come to know Him. The better we know God, the   more effective our prayer life and the more genuine our worship and the more we are blessed. True worship is  grounded on knowing God through His Word.

The more genuine our praise and worship, the more He blesses us.   When are we blessed?  Psalm 67:5-7 answers that question.  When people praise and worship God THEN God blesses.  When God’s people are blessed, then we impact the world for Christ.

Because He is Almighty, He has the power and the ability to do whatever He pleases.  There is nothing too hard for Him.  We recognize and bow to His sovereignty, power and authority to do whatever He pleases through us.

What encouragement for us to pray!

As our Heavenly Father, He loves us and cares for us.

As our Almighty King He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ever ask or think, according the power that works in us. In contrast to the earthly kingdoms that have risen and fallen throughout time; consider the perpetuity of Christ’s Kingdom which  goes on forever.  Psalm 89:2  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Amen indicates our faith in God and our fervent desire for the fulfillment of these requests.  May God take the things we have learned from the Lord’s Prayer and from the prophetic series on the Kingdom and make them so precious to us that we pray this prayer with joy and understanding. May we never again mumble the Lord’s Prayer as a thoughtless, meaningless ritual.

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April 15, 2006 - Posted by | Prayer Series

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