As people of the New Covenant, we know that God has delivered us from the power of darkness, that is, “the authority of the darkness,” and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son—Colossians 1:13. In Christ Jesus we have every right to call upon that Kingdom for its immediate protection.
We know the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand—Matt 4:17. Jesus spent His last days on earth after His resurrection speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God—Acts 1:3. Would he have spent those last precious days speaking to His disciples of something that would have no meaning? Jesus taught us to enter our plea toward our Father in Heaven that His Kingdom might become present and known to us—now, immediately, with its protection and provision. Would our Lord have instructed us to ask for the immediate presence of His Father’s Kingdom, if that Kingdom could only become known at the end of the age?
The presence of God’s Kingdom means the present overthrow of Satan’s hand upon our lives. The presence of God’s Kingdom means present provision of His strength, the present release into our minds of His wisdom, the present supply of our needs that can be known only by His miracle outlay. The presence of His Kingdom means peace, safety and protection from ...the snare of the fowler (Psalms 91:3), the traps set for us by the enemy of our souls. His Kingdom’s presence can become known in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves. We can even walk in the midst of trouble and have the deliverance that His Kingdom offers us, now, today, in our present lives and situations.
So also, Paul spent his last days ... preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him—Acts 28:31. Would Paul have spent his last days heralding the Kingdom of God had he not believed that the Kingdom was near at hand?
As we move through days of praying, we will draw upon what we are learning from both the Lord Jesus and from Paul about the kind of praying that prepares us to be sons and daughters of Heaven’s Kingdom, made ready to be planted like seed broadcast in the field which is the world.
Praying like we’re going to pray will help turn us into good seed, keeping the spiritual weevils out of our lives, making us starting points for the Kingdom wherever we land.