Day 15 – Cardio Training

We are continuing today talking about Getting Connected and we are looking at the Lord’s prayer as a model for prayer and how it helps us to keep connected to God. Last week we talked about God as our father as we looked at the first part of the Lords prayer, “Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your name”.

This week we will be looking at

Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Before we talk about the practical application of this verse I want to look at a couple of things with you. First, let’s start by talking about the Kingdom of God. What is it? The Kingdom of God is not a place, the Kingdom of God is His right or authority to rule and reign. The Kingdom of God exists anywhere Jesus is king. In this part of the Lord’s prayer we are in effect asking for His rule in our lives, not doing things my way but doing things His way.

Second, why do we need to pray for His will to be done? Isn’t His will always done? The answer is no. Not everything that happens is God’s will. Yes, He is in control, but He has also allowed us to make choices which often have consequences. People tend to want to blame God for all the bad things that happen, without thinking about the deeper issues.

As we pray this part of the prayer, what are some of the things we need to consider?

1. Who is going to be in charge today?

Every day you get up in the morning and you have to decide who’s going to be in control of your life – you or God.

Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV)
13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

2. It is not all about me

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but I’ve sure noticed it that my plans get changed a lot. I make all these great plans and then they just get changed. Most of my plans end up getting changed because of my problems. Problems are a part of life. Rather than struggling to try and get my will, my plan accomplished, I often have to realize that my plan might not be God’s plan. My will and God’s will are often quite different.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

3. Living by doing the next right thing

Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV)
13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We talk about this often but it is a good thing to keep in the forefront of our lives. You and I need to live this life by trying to do the next right thing. When we mess us, we go and ask for forgiveness and He gives it to us and then empowers us to start again. Learning to trust Him and do it His way. As we do, we find life in His kingdom, His rule and reign in our lives. God, let your kingdom come and your will be done in me!

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