“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Once our hearts are properly focused (upon God as our Father AND our King) then we are ready for the next guiding principle to effective prayers.
According to Jesus, it is essential that we understand that the purpose of prayer is to invite God’s kingdom to rule over the things of earth. Prayer is not so much asking God to do things for us… it is about asking God to do the things He wants to do on this earth.
It follows then, that the secret to praying effective prayers is finding out what God wants to do!
It’s not that God doesn’t want to hear about our problems… He does. In fact, we find that exact admonition in Philippians 4:6:
Whatever troubles us, whatever causes us to be anxious and fearful… God desires that we bring these things to Him. It is part of His fatherly commitment to us.
But the real excitement and wonder in prayer come when we lock on to something that God desires to do… and, quite literally, pray it into existence. It is NEVER our prayers that are doing this – it is ALWAYS God Who is doing the work… but it is our pleasure and privilege to be the one through Whom He is working.
Funny thing about God… He seems really reluctant to do anything on this earth without an invitation to do so. The great revivalist, John Wesley, once declared this truth: “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” Such is God’s earnest desire to have us pray. Such is the importance of prayer. It seems that heaven will not move on earth until someone on earth seeks to have heaven move.
This is at the very core of what Jesus is teaching us about prayer.
Our objectives are centered on God’s Kingdom coming, God’s will being done, on earth as it is in heaven.
When we realize that God’s will is always done in heaven – we realize that there is nothing beyond His scope here on earth. Heaven is the model for our earthly prayers! How power-laden do our prayers become when we finally realize that God is able to do whatever He wants to do on this earth… He is just waiting for someone here, to invite His will to be done.
Prayer is all about the impossibilities of earth meeting the infinite power of the God of heaven – and seeing the miracles come!
All God is waiting for, is for people who will have the faith and the resolve to seek the will of heaven and then seek God until the answers come. Truly “The prayer of a righteous man (or woman!) has great power to prevail.” (James 5:16b) Prayers have great power to prevail because the God of heaven is behind them.
In our prayers, Jesus is reminding us that we are, first and foremost, called to do Kingdom work. The God of heaven redeemed us to use us to change our little part of the world – by inviting the King of heaven to do what only He can do, through us!