We have been discussing principles of prayer outlined in Jesus’ model prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). Today we consider the 3rd principle – Submission.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” These two petitions acknowledge the sovereignty and superiority of God. It expresses what should be our desire: to put the interest of God ahead of our personal needs and wants. In Matt. 6:33 Jesus taught His disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then the things they have need of would be added. Further, in Matt. 7:21 our Lord warned that entry into the Kingdom was hinged on doing the will of God and not merely say “Lord Lord”.
As we pray we sumbit to God's authority and surrender to His will. Our prayer therefore is Lord you reign; rule; take charge; have authority, as well as, have your way here on earth just as you do in heaven.
Some people are of the notion that it is ok to demand things of God, but this is not to be so. Anything we require of God must be requested with humility and is subjected to His will. Jesus gave us this example in Like 22:42 - "Nevertheless not my will, but yours be done."
It is my honest desire to see the presence of God affect the Nations of the world.