Lesson Plan - Get It!
What does the future hold? Who holds the future? Is there any hope for this world? Why pray? As we continue to study the Lord's Prayer, we find real hope, not "hope so," for the future!
What right does God have to answer our prayers?
Does God have to ask someone's permission or get someone's help to answer prayer?
God is the Supreme Sovereign, in charge of everything and everybody. He rules!
Please read this article, The relationship of the Church to the Kingdom of God, by Dr. Dwight Pentecost, to help you better understand why, in the church age, we still need to pray for a coming kingdom.
- Authority: Your kingdom come. When we pray for God's kingdom to arrive, we are assured He will hear us.
- Promise — We can trust His word
- We align ourselves with the prophetic message. The Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus, the apostles, and the New Testament writers all spoke of the coming kingdom of God (Acts 1:6).
- We assure ourselves that God will fulfill His covenant. God promised the land to Abraham's descendants (Genesis 12:1-3) and the throne to David's line (2 Samuel 7:8-16).
- Position — We can plead for strength and protection
- We remember that we are currently in Satan's kingdom and need protection (Ephesians 2:2).
- We realize that we do not establish the kingdom. It is not something we can bring in through our works and politics.
- We recall that this kingdom is not of this world. When Jesus was arrested and challenged as to his kingship, "Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world'" (John 18:36).
- Population — We can pray for the salvation of lost souls, because the saved are the ones who will populate the kingdom.
- The gospel is the good news of the kingdom (Matthew 24:14).
- The kingdom is built up by recruiting converts, or disciples (Luke 14:23).
- It is the Father's kingdom, an heavenly kingdom, wherein His Name is hallowed. "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14). We want people to know God, not just grab a ticket out of hell.