After worshipping God for His unique character, we should continue our prayer journey by submitting ourselves to Him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:9-13)
Thy Kingdom Come
In the next phase of the of the Model Prayer, Jesus taught us to submit to God’s will. When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are asking Him to establish His reign. Jesus taught that the God’s kingdom is within:
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luk 17:20-21)
This prayer asks God to be King. You’re asking that His will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. If you’re going to pray that way, does’t it make sense that you should submit to your King and do His will personally?
When I pray according to the Model Prayer, I’ll ask for things like this:
- “Father, be my King today. Rule in my life.”
- “Father, help me to do your will today as gladly and thoroughly as it is done in Heaven.”
- “Father, be the Lord of my family, my workplace, my church and my nation.
I think there are at least two important connections between submission and getting your prayers answered. First, we’ve got to acknowledge that, ultimately, God knows best. God will often give us the things we seek, but we’ve also have to realize that God, in His love and wisdom may need to say no, or wait, in response to some of our prayers. We need to be OK with that.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luk 22:41-42)
The second connection has to do with giving to God what we hope to receive from God. Whenyou pray, what you’re really doing is asking God to hear your words and obey them. If you want God to keep your words, you need to keep His Word:
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. (Pro 28:9)
God says that the prayers of those who refuse to hear His law are an abmoniation to Him. If you will not hear and heed His Word, don’t expect Him to listen to what you have to say.
What About You?
- Do you regularly submit yourself to God in prayer?
- Do you respond to God’s Word the way you want Him to respond to your prayers?