Praying Kingdom Prayers

Does your prayer life feel like its in a rut? Always praying for Brother Bill’s cold and Aunt Suzie’s cat? Are your prayers God-sized, Kingdom-motivated prayers?

Henry was an ornery agnostic. His wife, Eunice, was a devout Christian. They lived in a farming community, where a yearlong drought was devastating the local economy. At the request of many of the farmers, the pastor of a local church called the community together to pray for rain. As Eunice was leaving to go to the church, Henry challenged, “Do you really believe that it will rain if you ask for it?”

Evaluate your prayer life by answering the following questions. Have you thanked the Lord for His intercession for you? Like our Lord, are you praying ‘not as I will, but as You will,’ even if it costs your life? Are your prayers ‘kingdom-focused’? Are your prayers big enough to honor God? Are you praying for enemies of the cross to be converted? If they will not be converted, are you asking God to restrain them so they cannot disturb the growth of His church? Like the children who prayed for Albania, do you pray for God to change the world? Are your big prayers becoming bigger prayers?

Read the rest of this great article, “What is Kingdom-Focused Prayer?” by Rev. Archie Parrish at Ligonier Ministries.

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Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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