The new year is almost here. This is a good time to start planning what our prayer strategy will be like, coming 2019.
Often, prayer is the least considered of the means of grace. We tend to give a higher priority to others components of our service to the community around us, and I guess it is because prayer is so easy to do, you know?
At the same time, it’s hard to find a follower of Christ who is happy with his prayer life. My impression is that, frequently, we feel obligated to say “there is room to grow” in that area of our Spiritual Transformation because, we think, saying otherwise would be prideful boasting.
This is the first in a series of post aimed at helping us make progress in the practice and application of this Spiritual Discipline, addressing the issues above mentioned, and may be a few others.
To get started, lets talk about a few definitions.
Kingdom Prayer. This is prayer that is concerned about the here and now, but hopeful in the glory that is to come. It’s guided by Scripture, therefor is in sync with the Beauty of the Triune God of the Universe.
KP is a journey. Yes, we will never have a perfect prayer life on this earth. Here, we will never be totally done. But, because of His Person & Work, we can contemplate some bursts of glory, now, even in our prayer life. And this glory must be celebrated.
KP is a moment of intimacy. We set a time and a place to meet with the Lover of our soul, to talk about His Beauty and our condition. During Kingdom Prayer we get to be in His presence, seeing Him, and getting to know Him better. It also exposes the real condition of our heart – our idolatry and the advancement of His work. There is nothing more intimate than this.
Among all the reasons to pray for His Kingdom to come, compassion for those around us must be there, high on that list of reasons. You and I were once not His people, but now we are. We were far away, but now He has brought us back to Him. We were enemies and now we are His children, coheirs with Chris Jesus. Because of His grace we have received compassion, and we long for others to also receive it, right? Let us pray, then.
Prayer is also an expression of humility, because through prayer we acknowledge there is nothing we can really do, unless He intervenes. Nothing. In prayer we recognize our desperation for Jehovah to, once gain, surprise us transforming our own heart, and the heart of those around us. Our prayer time should be a Gethsemane event, every time.
Make a commitment, now, to be a good steward of His grace with a emphatic focus on Kingdom Prayer.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.