And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 1 John 5:14
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way: "Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." Matthew 6:7-13
The king of a kingdom reigns over the subjects of his kingdom. They are entirely subject to the king's desires and purposes and therefore they exist to serve the king and his kingdom. On the other hand, however, the king takes care of his subjects if he is the good and benevolent king he should be. Of course God is our king and he is supremely good and benevolent. We exist to serve our king and his kingdom. Like the subjects of any king we can come before him with our requests. We are confident he will hear what we ask and will be responsive. The Lord's prayer switches to the Father/child analogy. Good subjects of the king or devoted children of their fathers have requests to make. The key is always to ask for things that are pleasing to the one being asked. We are growing in our grasp of how prayer is about both "relationship" and "requests." The fuller our relationship with God becomes the more we get to know what he is like, what he desires, and how he is at work in the world. The result will be that our requests will more and more be aligned with God and his kingdom purposes and this will please him greatly.
Father, we confess that we often pray in ways that are all about us and what we want. Align us with you and your ways and purposes more fully than ever before. Help us not to be afraid to ask but help us to keep changing so that more and more that which we ask you for is pleasing to you. Thank you, Lord, for your amazing patience and love. We are grateful for the priviledge of living for you and your kingdom.
Posted on Thu, January 22, 2015
by Ken Hart