On June 14 we left off at “Your kingdom come and Your will be done” in looking at the pattern prayer Jesus gave to His disciples and to us. We are keying off of the passages in Ephesians 6:18-20
Read: Ephesians 6:18-20 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth bodily to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
- Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as in heaven – The message is the “kingdom.” To be sure, the message is not the church! The church or the body of Christ is the messenger and not the message! This is a crucial mistake that has been made down through history, beginning in the second century. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries are about bringing the church back to her primary message, “the kingdom of God.” This was Christ’s message and this was the apostle’s message, “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” That kingdom came in the person of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 14:17). Christ is reigning today over the kingdom of darkness and the nations. (see Matthew 28:18). It is our responsibility to permit Him to reign in us, His people, and proclaim His reign to the nations.
- Your will be done – God’s will was first established and fully done by Jesus, His only begotten Son. God’s will is that the Lord’s church or His body would declare His will to the nations. God’s purpose is that the life of Jesus is revealed in and through the body of Christ in the earth even as it is in heaven (see Hebrews 12:18-29). This is why unity or the understanding, of the one new man, is so vital (see Acts 17:22-34).
- On earth as in heaven – The passage in Hebrews 12 reveals the great connection between heaven and earth. The Holy Spirit has been given from heaven and the Lord continues to pour out His Spirit as He gives to His sons and daughters “an unshakable kingdom.” The receiving of the kingdom is a present reality. “We are receiving.” This is important because many think the “kingdom of God is a future experience” when in fact, the apostles understood that they had received the kingdom in the person of the Holy Spirit. They understood that the kingdom of God had already come and that it was filling the earth with the glory of God. “From glory to glory” (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
- Give us today our daily bread – Remember what Jesus told the Devil, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” God is our source of natural sustenance. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). What we desperately need is the sustaining “Word of God,” the Rhema or personal daily bread of life.
- Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others their trespasses against us. Here is a key to a successful life in Christ. Receiving the absolute forgiveness of God because of the absolute completeness of what Christ Jesus did for mankind. It is so complete that it is, as far as the east is from the west, that He has removed our sins from us. He expects us to forgive in the same way as He forgives us. Our ability to do just that comes from the power and grace of the Holy Spirit of Christ in us. It is not by your work of righteousness, but His work of righteousness in you. The classic scripture is found in Matthew 18 in the parable of the unforgiving servant.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – One of the roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to lead away from temptation. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
This passage does not remove our responsibility in dealing with temptation. Listen to what James writes in James 1:13-14, let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Peter writes in 1 Peter5:8-10, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Note verse 10 – But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
For yours is the kingdom and power and glory forever
The foundation is “the kingdom of God. The kingdom is speaking about the government of God. I am speaking about His right to rule all things. It is His Kingdom which we are receiving … His kingdom is in power. It is the power of the Holy Spirit. Not just healing and miracles, but the power to raise the dead. “Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:5). “Raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
But also “glory.” Beloved, you and I speak of the glory of God. Paul in writing to the Colossians reveals that this is a mystery: “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
It is prayer made with supplication in the Spirit – that is, prayer made in humility and prayer that is led by the Spirit of God. As the disciples of old asked Jesus to teach them to pray, we also need the help of the Holy Spirit to lead us in our priestly service to the Lord. Spirit-led prayer! Being filled with the Holy Spirit will result in praying Spirit-led prayers at all times.
Being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:
Verse 19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
Beloved, this is a very important verse of scripture. Paul humbles himself by saying, I need your prayers. We must understand that the Godhead determined from the beginning to have mankind involved in the creation plan by relating with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God planned to lift man and seat Him with Himself to rule over His creation. Sin interrupted, but God never changed His plan. He became human and took on flesh to lead the way in a whole new creation of the Spirit. That is why our prayers are very important.
Paul understood God’s plan so he requested prayers for himself. He requested a very specific prayer regarding utterance. He only wanted to say what the Lord wanted to be said. Everybody has thoughts and we all have needs over which we pray for God’s help. Paul is asking for the prayers of the saints in helping him have the words which God wanted him to speak. Not just words, but words that have “boldness” on them. Boldness, for every situation in which Paul would find himself.
Jesus has chosen his body to intercede for God’s will and purpose in the earth. Paul is asking the Lord’s people to pray for him because of his assignment given to him by our Lord. And because of the enemy’s work against Paul and his calling to the Gentiles and his burden for his Jewish people.
Are you praying for your pastor and other leaders which you know who are on assignment from the Lord? I am asking for your prayers for me and our 3 Guys Radio team. The same prayer that Paul requested, “that utterance may be given,” to me and our team. That “we would speak boldly to make known the mystery of Christ.”
Next week, I want to speak to the “mystery of Christ.” I will be sharing about the 10 mysteries of the Kingdom of God. These are the mysteries given to the apostles of our Lord for His New Testament church to understand what Christ has accomplished in the Father’s will.