The last few days we have talked about what is prayer and who we are praying to. Today I want to talk about the WHAT we are to be praying for. We will look at Matthew 6:9-10 again:
Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” NASB
There are two new parts to these verses that Jesus teaches us what we are supposed to be praying for.
Your kingdom come - Who is the “Your” that Jesus is talking about in this verse? It is God. This verse is teaching us that God has a kingdom that we need to pray that comes. The word “kingdom” means “to reign”. This is what we need to be praying for is for God’s reign to come. Where is it coming? On earth as it is in heaven.
So what does all this mean to us as we pray? We are praying that God would have rule over everything that inhabits this earth. How can we be a part of that? By doing what Matthew 28:19-20 says:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." NASB
Not only do I think you can 100% witness to someone in the grocery store or in the shopping center by showing the love of Jesus in our walk, but since we are talking about prayer here are some things we can do:
* Pray for the salvation of those you know are lost * Pray for the growth of those new believers that have been newly saved * Pray that you would go soul winning and reach others with the good news of Christ * Pray that you would have a willing heart to obey the Word of God
Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Believe it or not, God has a will about EVERYTHING in life! Contrary to popular teaching and belief, there are NO gray areas with God! And when we pray for others, the thing He wants us to be praying for is HIS WILL for their situations and life.
The first person that you and I should be praying for to do God’s Will is US!
Here are two scriptures that we could use as we pray for ourselves in this way each day:
“Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5NASB
“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10 NASB
What are you praying for?