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Devotional - week of November 21, 2010


YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE

 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

 

When we pray “Your Kingdom Come,” we are praying for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. We are asking God to save the lost. A desire for the advancement of the Kingdom implies a desire for involvement in that advancement through such things as witnessing to the unsaved and giving to missions. When God answers our prayer for His Kingdom to come, there is an expansion of His name being “hallowed.”

 

When we pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” among other things we are asking that all of God’s people be available to Him. We also are asking that God make us available to Himself. Again, when God answers this prayer, there is an increase in His name being hallowed.

 

We have all heard the statement “God is not looking for your ability. He is looking for your availability.” This is not a Scripture but it expresses a spiritual concept. The expression of a believer’s availability to God is found throughout the New Testament. God’s children are available to God when they are walking in the will of God.

 

 Second Corinthians 5:14-15 speaks of our living in the will of God. It reads:

 

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

 

Verse 14 speaks of our crucifixion with Christ. Verse 15 reveals that when believers experience their crucifixion with Christ, they will not live for themselves. They will live for Him “who died  for them and rose again.”