JULY 26, 2017

The Word: Prayer


“On earth as it is in heaven”
(Matthew 6:10).

When it comes to the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven, earth and heaven are perpetually in conflict with each other. Prayer is our way to connect with God’s heavenly storehouse. Prayer that is fully surrendered to the will of Almighty God is saturated with countless rewards—rewards that comes to those of us who care more about God’s will than we do about our own will. 

When we sincerely pray with a heart that seeks to achieve God’s best and God’s blessed, we will get His undivided attention. According to the Scriptures, however, the spirit of man is always in opposition with the Spirit of the God. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (ESV). 

On one occasion when Jesus was speaking to the Jewish establishment, He said, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say” (John 8:42–43). Speaking to the contaminated and cantankerous hearts of the irreverent and unrighteous religious establishment, Jesus makes His case clear. He speaks directly to them without apology concerning their true allegiance, saying. “The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:47). 

When it comes to receiving the rewards of the heart of prayer, we must understand what being the children of God means. We need to know who our daddy is. When we invite Him to lead us, we become portraits of the Living God. However, when we fail to submit to our Heavenly Father, then we fall prey of operating on the behalf of Satan. 

Let us never forget what Jesus said in Matthew 6 concerning receiving the rewards of earnest prayer that seeks God’s will, when He said, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:5–6). This is a powerful and profound picture of happens when we pray for God’s heavenly will to be done on earth.

 

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”
—Oswald Chambers
 

Today’s prayer…

Father, we pray as Jesus did for your will be done on earth as it is in heaven for your glory. Help us to seek your face. Forgive us for wanting to be seen by others, for wanting to simply look spiritual. Teach us the secret of praying in secret. Help us choose to spend time alone with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Devotional taken from True Prayer: The Rewards of the Heart of Secret Prayer by Robert F. Loggins Sr.