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“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1 NIV

I like to post picture verses to facebook, as a way to share what I.believe…. Lord, please search my heart…if this is to be seen by men….I don’t want to be like…

Scary prayer

Open prayers to change something in myself, or in another, or for the world, that seems as though it is indeed going to hell in a handbasket, have always scared me, because God does not disappoint.

Practicing Kingdom Praying

Praying for the Kingdom of God can seem overwhelming at first.  There are so many issues taking place in our world: wars, famine, orphans, unstable world economies and a new pope being chosen – the world is a big, complicated, scary place and it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin.  And since His sovereignty rules over all (Psalm 103:19, NASB) what difference do our prayers for His kingdom even make?

The bigger picture, as the last two days have stressed, is that each of these situations in our world shapes the future here on earth. And though we may not see it, is also a part of God’s sovereign plan for His Kingdom. When we keep our prayers small and self focused, our lives may show the same. Rather, we as believers are anointed to minister to and pray for the hurting in this world.

As Isaiah writes, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1, NIV)

So bombarded with the “bad” news of the day , we may start to numb our hearts to all the scrolling tickers on our television screens and the headlines in our papers.  Rather than turning a blind eye to the world’s issues, we should see these alerts as opportunities to pray.  The poor, brokenhearted, captives and prisoners are being set right in front of us.  What better opportunity to pray?

With these stories laid fresh on your heart and soul, instead of shaking our heads in worry or clicking our tongues in disgust, let’s bow our heads in prayer.   Think about not asking for a “good” outcome, but for the Lord to use this situation for building His Kingdom and changing lives for Christ.  Our burden probably isn’t to solve the world’s problems.  Our privilege is to seek His wisdom in dealing with these scenarios and tragedies and proclaim His name in triumphing over them.

You may begin to feel God laying something new on your heart as you spend time praying for a circumstance outside your scope. He may guide you to a specific issue, a specific country or a specific person. Be open to this, He may just be marking a path for you to be His hands and feet even beyond your prayers.  You may be the one He uses to break through the destruction and despair, and to share the remarkable hope that only Christ can bring.

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15 ESV)

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord ’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Psalm 103:13-19 NIV

But, I can get into praying this one….
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,   to proclaim the year of the Lord ’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord  for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Revelation 11:15 NIV

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Do not worry

Such an appropriate scripture considering I was up at 4 am, worrying about WASC. 

Kingdom Praying in Scripture

This is a beautiful passage of scripture, right? Often quoted, we can recite it when we’re worried about money, our bodies, our health, our clothes, our status, our EVERYTHING. But sometimes we are so close up to these lives, so zoomed in, it’s hard to even see the bigger picture of what Jesus might have been getting at in His words.

Look at those birds, He said. Can you picture him pointing to a massive flock? You are like one of those. Let me repeat. Your are like ONE of those. Now, imagine we’re in some super cool middle school science video where we can zoom our perspective out and fly above the birds, then above the neighborhood, above the city. How many more flocks of birds do you see? Lots, right? Keep going above the city, over your state and then your nation and continent and the whole globe. How many swarms of birds are there? How many different species? Research will tell us we can barely guestimate how many there are on earth, but we’re looking at roughly 100 billion. And they are ALL sustained and cared for by the Father.

So of course we shouldn’t worry, but do we see the bigger picture? Being a part of God’s Kingdom is nothing like being a part of a flock of birds. He has set the universe, the earth up in a manner that it doesn’t need His constant overseeing, saving, redeeming – but He has made humans entirely different. He has made us different: we need Him daily, rely on Him, need to be in relationship with Him – the whole species of us. And not only that, but He tells us that we – our singular little bird self in the midst of the billions, we have Kingdom weight. We can pray for the other billions, care for them, and seek the good of the whole mass. All at once, we can have an incredibly personal and beautiful relationship with our Father and a Kingdom-minded heart that beats for the spiritual battles being waged before us and above us and on the other side of the world.

So – no, don’t worry about what you’re going to wear or eat or drink. Not just because He already has taken care of that, but because if you’ll just zoom out and let Him show you the bigger picture, you’ll realize the beauty of being Kingdom minded. Seeking first His Kingdom for most of us will mean ceasing to seek for our own and asking Him to lift our eyes to something much bigger, much higher, much closer to His heart. Join the SheReadsTruth Community:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life  ?    “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV