Day 8 - Personal Devotional
Matthew 6:10; Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Mark 11:24. Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for - believe that you have received and it will be yours.
Jesus taught us that our first priority in prayer is God’s kingdom and God’s will to done on earth as it is in heaven. Bill Johnson in his book, The Way of Life, states; “Our prayer assignment reveals God’s overall purpose and commission for our life. Through prayer, on earth as it is in heaven, becomes an increasing reality.”
So prayer is about knowing and discerning God’s will, and when we know his will we pray for it to manifest on earth. That tells us something about prayer: We should expect results. Often when we pray for things to align with God’s will, we don’t always expect it to actually happen here, now, on earth. We think, “One day, when I get to heaven I will be healed. One day in eternity I will know joy, I will have the peace of God, one day. “ But Jesus taught us to pray with the expectation that when we know his will and we believe, we can see the conditions of heaven coming to earth. When someone is sick we can pray the conditions of heaven for them, and we know there is no sickness in heaven. The Bible tells us that it is not God’s will that any should perish; that his is a God who provides! So as we enter into our second week of prayer, let’s increase our expectations. As Pastor Jay often will say, “It is impossible to pray and something not change.” So let’s believe that our prayers are not trying to get God to do something we desire, but our prayers are releasing God to accomplish His will on earth. As Mark Batterson states: “Bold prayers honour God, and God honours bold prayers.” So today we are encouraged to seek God’s will for the situations we are believing for both through prayer and searching in His Word. When we know his will, let’s pray with confidence.
So let’s pray believing, without doubting, and pray boldly.