Praying for the Kingdom

Is God Calling You to Pray?

Prayer is spending quality time with God.

Why should we pray?

We are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26,27) so we can have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus died so you can have that personal relationship with God (Colossians 1:19-23; Galatians 3:26-4:7; Ephesians 2:14-18). Your relationship with God grows through prayer.

God wants you to depend on Him (John 15:1-6). Through prayer your knowledge of and trust in God can grow and you are able to achieve greater things than on your own.

God wants you to be His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) and you can start by praying for others (James 5:14-20). Prayer can help you grow in your love for God and your neighbor (Matthew 22:24-39). You can help build God’s kingdom here on earth (Matthew 6:10) through prayer.

Here are three areas that might help you to enrich your prayer life.

1. Intimacy

Prayer begins with and is founded on your relationship with God.

Once you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have eternal life (John 3:16). In John 17:3, Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God and Jesus Christ. Knowing means to perceive, recognize, understand, to be aware, and to experience.

Later, in John 17, Jesus prays that you would be one with God just as He is one with God! You can develop this intimate relationship with God through prayer.

There are two important ingredients in any relationship – knowledge and attention. God knows you intimately (Psalm 139). God through His Son Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit is always with you (Matthew 18:20; John 14:17).

Here is a devotional guide you can use in your personal prayer times.

  • Read short sections of the Bible or other spiritual materials in a slow, repetitive manner; concentrating on the meaning of the words used, who is communicating what to whom and the context of the passage.
  • Meditate on what you are reading. Your goal is to focus your thoughts on what you are reading and learning, and reflect on and ponder over these thoughts.
  • Pray (talk) to God about what you are reading and learning. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten you.
  • Contemplate on what you have read and learned. In order to focus you total attention on God.

How will you respond to His call to pray?

2. Community

Community prayer is praying for and with others and having others pray with and for you.

The biblical word for community is neighbor (Romans 13:8-10). Your community includes family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and everyone you meet.

Community prayer can help you and others overcome the obstacles in your lives that hinder you from finding and developing an intimate relationship with God. You can ask God to remove the obstacles or to use them in drawing you closer to Him (2 Corinthians 12:9,10; Philippians 3:7-11; 1 Peter 1:6-8). A good word picture of these obstacles is the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15).

You will find connection, meaning and healing through your involvement in community prayer, whether you are praying with a group of believers or praying for your unbelieving neighbor next door. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware and attentive to those you meet and to guide you in how you can pray and care for them.

The goal of community prayer is to grow deeper in love for others (Matthew 22:39).

Will you answer God's call?

3. Kingdom

Praying that His will be done.

Kingdom prayer is asking for God’s kingdom to come, God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). The Lord is your King (Psalm 10:16). He created this world (Isaiah 45:12; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). This world belongs to Him (Psalm 50:10-12; 1 Corinthians 10:26) and His will is absolute (Psalm 115:3; Romans 14:11; John 10:29; James 4:12).

Pray for and seek God’s will in all areas of your life. Pray for and seek to be an active member of building God’s kingdom here on earth. Pray for God’s will and kingdom to come in other’s lives as well. A good kingdom prayer pattern to follow is Acts 1:8 – begin locally (Jerusalem) and progress throughout the world.

A good exercise in developing a kingdom view is reading through the Bible every year. This will help you see the bigger picture of God’s work.

The goal of kingdom prayer is to fulfill the following, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19,20)

The following explains how you can respond to God's call to pray.

A Call to pray

Opportunities to pray

Is God calling you to:

  • Spend more time with Him? (Intimacy)
  • Pray with and for others? (Community)
  • Pray that His will be done? (Kingdom)

Ask God to teach you how to pray for others and His will:

"Lord Jesus, here I am, teach me how to pray. Teach me how to pray for others and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank You for leading me and showing me how to pray. Amen."

In addition to praying, be sure to challenge others to join you.