Starting a prayer revolution is kind of a daunting idea.
When the Lord first gave it to me, I automatically rejected it, “That’s too big for me God, how is that even feasible?” He said one person at a time. But before you go around trying to change the world, you have to know how to pray.
“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:9-13
You might have heard the Lord’s prayer many times like me, but let’s break this prayer into 3 parts.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
It is reverent submission (Face Down) before God. He first acknowledges that His father is in heaven, acknowledging His power and position. The second part: “hallowed (means honor as holy) be your name” is glorifying God because He is worthy of our praise.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
It is an admittance that God’s will comes before our own. Jesus’ prayer is bigger than himself essentially. The second part: “on earth as it is in heaven” is a calling for heaven to come to earth. It is a call for **Living like Heaven**(read more on this topic at bottom of page by clicking, ‘continue reading’)
“Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
This is a daily request in prayer, calling upon God to provide for our needs. And even though this last section includes “prayer requests”, It is no coincidence that the “requests” are actually last in Jesus’ prayers.
So we see that prayer honors God, acknowledges his will, exalts His power, and secures His aid. We now have the example, but how do we actually start praying? I recommend frustration prayers: “God, I want to pray! But I do not know where to start or what to pray. Can you help me?” God loves those prayers! Prayer is an admittance to God: “I need your help.”
If you are trying to form a habit of praying, I would not start out by praying for lists of things quite yet. In every friendship, if your new friend started asking a bunch of favors before you really know them, would you feel used? I do not think we should treat God any different. The whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was not just to die on a cross He came to restore a broken relationship between man and Him.
So how do we better any relationship?
We communicate… We spend time together… We put others first
Challenge for this Week:
Try having conversations with God like He is right beside you. It might feel awkward, but that is okay. God is not going to judge you for wanting to come closer in your relationship. The more you do it, the more natural it will feel, and relationship will eventually bloom from the discipline of prayer.
Additional reading : Side note from text above:
** Living like Heaven**:
Living like Heaven
- There is no sin in heaven
We should stop planning our recovery plan from when we sin. Your DNA has changed, you are not the same creature you were. You don’t need to sin. To live like Jesus
- There is no sickness in heaven.
No more pain. No sickness. We ought to pursue healing. It’s doctors and Jesus, no either or. Jesus is able to set free and heal. We can trust God to see his healing power in our life. Just because we may not be seeing the healing, doesn’t mean we stop praying for a Healer. As it is in heaven, so it will be in our life.
- There is no injustice in heaven.
We fight for all of those oppressed at any level. We fight for equality. We fight on our knees also through prayer. We fight for sex trafficking. We fight for those who live in terror. We give resource, energy, time, effort, and people to save ones suffering injustice. We are to live like heaven, so we fight for injustices in the earth.
- There is no unbelief in heaven.
No one in heaven is going to be like “hmnm, I don’t know about all this.” We are to pursue further and greater trust in the person of Jesus. Jesus people are faith people. We trust Jesus and put less and less trust on ourselves in comparison to God. We invite everyone else to share in the hope and assurance that we believe in. Life is too short to hedge our bets and live in fear.
- Glory of God permeates all of heaven.
The ultimate essence of heaven is God’s glory. There is no other reason to want to go to heaven other than to be by the glory of God. All of heaven is shaped by God’s glory. All of heaven is meant to add to the glory of heaven. We will be so affected by God’s glory that we will live in awe and worship. The glory of God shapes the passions of our heart and molds who we are into more a likeness of Christ. So let everything you do, let it be all for God’s glory here on earth. Our lives are to be lived as though we were in heaven now.
Christ’s time here on earth had eternity in it’s plan. Yes it was 33 years here on earth, but he lived as if it were heaven.
Our life is to be dramatically impacted by the reality of heaven- Eternity. The more heavenly-minded you are the more earthly good you’ll be.
Heaven isn’t supposed to be this ambiguous abstract concept that is too hard to reach for or attain.
Colossians 3:1 “if then you were raised with Christ, seek (orient) those things which are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.”
Heaven is to be our reality. This earth will fade away, but heaven will never fade away. Living like heaven
When you pray say “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be your name, Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are to now orient our lives around heaven’s reality (not earth’s reality).