The Lord's Prayer and the Will of God

“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.’ ”

Matthew 6:9-10 (NASB)

The Lord’s Prayer has recently come to hold more meaning for me than it used to.  It has shown me the real importance of a robust prayer life. 

Have you ever prayed for something to come to pass and then wonder if it even made any difference?  God is going to do what God is going to do, and that’s all there is to it.  What difference does my prayer make? 

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He said to pray for God’s will to be done.  Should we pray for gravity to work like it is supposed to when we get up tomorrow morning?  Do we pray each night that two plus two will still equal four next week?  We don’t pray for things that are certain.  We pray for those things that are still not quite as solid.

We know that in the end, the Lord will be triumphant, but between now and then, in the skirmishes and battles, Christians need to take their places on the front lines of prayer.  Prayer makes things happen. 

Elijah prayed for rain, and it rained. (1 Kings 18:43-45)  Moses asked the Lord to relent and not punish the Israelites by destroying them, and the Lord held back His punishment.  (Exodus 32:7-14)  

Prayer changes things.  That’s not just something to put on a coffee mug or bumper sticker.  It is something to really consider and act upon.  Prayer makes things happen.  Believe it. 

Start making things happen.

If you want to learn more about the power of prayer, check out The Hope of Prayer, Vol. 1 (affililate link).  This is the first of an eight volume audio series by John Eldredge.  It is currently only available on Amazon as a download, though it looks like John Eldredge's website Ransomed Heart has the cds available if you prefer.  If you are interested in changing your prayer life for the good, start with volume one and then go through the other seven, preferably in order.  This is an intense study, so take your time!

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