"Here and Now"
In Matthew 6, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and gave us the Lord’s Prayer. One element of the prayer that I don’t think we pray enough is the second verse: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:11).
How often do we pray that God’s kingdom would come to earth? In my observation, it seems that we often pray the opposite. We ask God to bless our kingdoms, to preserve our nation, or prosper our country. While the Bible does tell us to pray for our leaders and nation, our number one prayer should be that God’s kingdom would be established on earth. We are citizens of an eternal kingdom; therefore, our first priority and greatest desire should be for God to build His kingdom.
"You Are the Lord"
Worship can serve many functions in the life of the Christian; however, one of the main purposes it should accomplish is magnify and exalt God. Magnify means to make large, bring into focus, and showcase, and exalt involves lifting up above all else in priority and assigned value. Therefore, worship should stir our hearts and re-orientate our lives and thinking to make God larger and of greater priority in our lives. It should help bring who God is into greater focus, highlighting the details of His awesome nature and perfect holiness and helping us make Him supreme in our estimation of value and worth.
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