"Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10, AMP
Ever wondered how to pray? Why pray? What to pray about? Prayer is a supernatural privilege and yet many people are completely bored, frustrated or clueless when it comes to prayer.
Here's some good news: prayer shouldn't be boring! Effective prayer – the kind that gets results – starts in God! We don't have to think up things to pray about. We don't have to come up with a prayer plan – we just need to seek the Lord for His plan in heaven and ask that it be done on earth! Prayer always begins with discovering God's will first and then praying accordingly. When we pray this way, there is nothing boring about it!
Jesus told us to pray that God's kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. What does that mean? One way to look at it is this: God in heaven has a will. His will includes a host of things – from the destiny of nations to His detailed purposes for each individual. God's will includes the most macro things and the most micro things. God wants His macro and micro will to be done on earth. God's will is not a mysterious secret! He has revealed His will – in large part – in His Word! God's Word is His will.
When we get into the Word to hear from the Lord and discover what His will in heaven is, we can then pray an effective prayer that gets it done on earth! The Lord has made it quite simple. Prayer starts with God. He has a will. When we spend time seeking the Lord and reading His Word, we discover His will. When we pray according to His will and ask that His will in heaven be done on earth – He hears us and answers.
The sad thing is that oftentimes God's will is not done on earth because we are not asking for HIS will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Instead, we spend a lot of time asking God to do OUR will. We ask God to bless OUR plans and OUR desires and we get frustrated when OUR prayers don't get answered. The best thing to do for our prayer life is to forget about OUR will…and seek the Lord for HIS will.
Why not make a big change today and start praying more intentionally in the way Jesus told us to pray? When we have determined something is indeed God's will as revealed in His Word, then we are in a position to pray! We can pray earth-altering prayers just like Jesus said and we won't be bored!
Say It: “Father, I don't want to pray boring prayers! I can see that prayer starts in You. I ask that Your kingdom come and Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I have spent some time in Your Word and I have discovered what Your will in heaven is for these areas of my life: _______________ (Let the Lord know the Scriptures you have found that itemize His will for you in various areas of your life. These areas include the macro and micro parts of your life – for example: purpose, destiny, vocation, relationships, marriage, parenting, finances, boldness, favor, wisdom, grace, healing, strength, abundance, forgiveness, peace, freedom, etc.) Today, I ask You for Your kingdom to come in these specific areas of my life – may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”