the Kingdom Come
Kind of Praying
that Draws Us on in Gods Kingdom
The prayer Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 prepares Christian believers for the travail of the
last days. In Matthew
24, one of the last lessons
from Jesus for His disciples, He describes the events before His return
by calling them the beginning of sorrows. This word sorrows, meaning birth-pangs, connects us with the urgent
petitions of the Prayer Jesus taught us.
DAY 1Turning from a Meaningless
Matthew 24:1,2And Jesus went out,
and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show
Him the buildings of the Temple (the greater Temple). And Jesus said unto them, See ye
not all these things? (Dont you see that these things are not lasting?) verily I say unto you, There shall
not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
I spend too much time looking at things that are not permanent. Some
things have become idols in my life. Wont You please set me free
and draw my heart, and mind, toward the eternal values of Your Kingdom.
Judgment on the people who choose sin and idolatry instead of
worshiping the one true God
DAY 2A Question from the Disciples
Matthew 24:3And as He sat upon
the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying,
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy
coming, and of the end of the world? (What shall be the
sign of Your parousía and of the consummation
of the age?)
I have so very little understanding about what lies ahead. Sometimes
Im afraid of the future. But today Im ready to put away
my fears, and trust You, O, my REDEEMER!
Putting away Worry, Making Gods
Kingdom the Sole Object of Our Search
DAY 3A Warning about Religious
Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in (Greek, inepi, upon) My
Name (making merchandise of Christs suffering), saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Colossians 2:8Make sure no one
captures you. They will try to capture you by using false reasoning
that has no meaning. Their ideas depend on human teachings. They also
depend on the basic things the people of this world believe. They dont
depend on Christ.NIRV®
please bring the Spirit of Truth upon us as we gather to worship and
study Your Word. Please give us a love for the Truth. Place within our
spirits a Spirit of discernment so we can know what is false and what
Overcoming the Great Deceiver
by the Blood of the Lamb-Revelation 12:7-11
DAY 4Learning Not to Be Troubled
when Wars Increase
Matthew 24:6And ye shall hear
of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these
things must come to pass, but the end (the consummation of the
age) is not yet.
Psalm 27:1-3The Lord gives me
light and saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The Lord is my place of
safety. Why should I be afraid? My enemies are evil. They will trip
and fall when they attack me and try to eat me alive. Even if an army
attacks me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if war breaks out against
me, I will still trust in God.NIRV®
You are my stronghold and place of safety. Knowing You gives me the
greatest security anyone could ever know. Now I make mention of these
dear ones. Please cause them to know Your Truth, and live in it. When
Im not here to pray for them, help them to know how to place their
trust in You, completely.
Our Help in TroublePsalm 46:1-11
DAY 5When Nation Is Raised
Matthew 24:7aFor nation shall
rise against nation (nation shall be raised against nation by an outside spiritual force), and kingdom against kingdom...
He showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding
out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street
of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month:
and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
LORD, I seeeven if but dimlythat after nations
are raised up against nations, there shall come a healing of the nations.
Oh, let my heart reach toward that day. Let me participate in getting
the Good News of Your Kingdom out unto the peoples of the nations.
Our Commission to Take the Gospel
to the NationsMatthew 28:18-20
DAY 6Knowing where the Resource is when there is Not Enough Food to Go Around
24:7b...and there shall be famines...(widespread lack of food
I say unto you, Take no thought (no anxious thought) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your
body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the
body than raiment?
You are the Ruler of the nations. Even the famines that spread over
the earth are under the watch of Your Throne. You oversee all that happens
as the groaning of end-time travail comes on. As we join the travail,
we know we shall see Your faithful provision in the darkest days. We
trust Your Kingdoms power, and its provisions of grace.
of the Lord lasts forever.Psalm 92:1,2; Ps 89:1-8; Ps 119:90
DAY 7The Pestilence We Shall
Matthew 24:7c...and there shall be... pestilences...(plagues,
disease out of control)
shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that
flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness (disease that hits cattle and people, moving through
the land without letup); nor
for the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at
thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come
we are placing our trust in Your healing grace. We are finding healing
in Your Kingdom. We turn our fears over to Your Throne and give up our
dread. We hold no anxiety. Oh, may the grace and power of Your Kingdom
be known in these nations!
The Name of the Lord, Our HelpPsalm
DAY 8The Earth as It Shakes
to Help Us
24:7c...and there shall be ... earthquakes
in divers places (earthquakes and uprisings among the people throughout the
Acts 16:25,26And at midnight
Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners
heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations
of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened,
and every ones bands were loosed.
Our great protector GOD,
we are learning to hide beneath Your wings. You will use even the rumblings
of the earth to set Your prisoners free. The power of Your Kingdom even
reaches into the depths. Oh, let us Your people see Your Kingdoms power at work!
In the Calm in the Midst of the
Beginning of Birth-pangs for the Age to Come
Matthew 24:8All these are the
beginning of sorrows (birth-pangs).
I Thessalonians 5:3For
when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes
upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
it is as though we are pregnant. Something from the realm of Your Kingdom
has laid hold of our spirits. Rising from deep within us is a cry for
Your Kingdom to come. Oh, let it come within us! Let us know its power!
Let it come among these people, these congregations, these nations I
call before You.
A House no
Earthquake Can Bring DownII Corinthians 5:1-8
8:18-22 fits with Matthew 24:1-8 and with what the Lord Jesus
taught us to pray in Matthew
Both the passage from Romans
8 and from Matthew
24 speak of travail in birth.
We stop short with Matthew
24 which tells of the beginning of the travail, however, leaving the fullness
of the travail for a later time. We will begin now to pray our way through
the Romans 8 passage as it tells of our
entering into the travail with creation as it groans for its latter
day. Herein the urgency of the Lords Prayer reaches
its fullest degree.
DAY 10The Present Suffering
that Prepares Us for the Glory that Shall Be Ours
I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to
be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
I Peter 1:13So prepare your
minds for action. Control yourselves. Put your hope completely in the
grace that will be given to you when Jesus Christ returns.NIRV®
I Peter 4:13Be joyful that you are taking part in Christs
sufferings. Then you will be filled with joy when Christ returns in
please help us see that the suffering we are going through now is but
the travail that shall give birth to our glory. I believe that the help
of Your Spirit is coming upon us now to prepare us for the day that
Turns into JoyJohn
DAY 11The Hope God Puts in
the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason
of him who has subjected the same in hope...
created world was bound to fail. But that was not the result of its
own choice. It was planned that way by the One who made it...NIRV®
today I place my trust in what You have ordained for me. Even the sufferingsI
receive them from Your loving hand. They are sanctified to me. I receive
them as part of the travail that will give birth to what You have ordained
for us who have trusted Your Son, our Lord Jesus.
A Prayer for
Someone Going through Affliction, Waiting for the Joy of Zion
DAY 12The Liberty of Gods
the creature itself (thats us, along with all creation) also shall be delivered (set free) from the bondage of corruption into
the glorious liberty of the children of God.
[niv] 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
Acts 3:19-21Repent ye therefore,
and be converted (be turned toward God), that your sins may be blotted out, when the
times of refreshing (the seasons of cheerful recreation) shall come from the
presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you (Who was heralded unto you): Whom
the heaven must receive (embrace) until the times of restitution (restoration) of
all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy Prophets
since the world began.
let there come in us a way of thinking that will prepare us for the refreshing Your Spirit will bring upon us.
We long for a season of cheer that will strengthen us. Oh, help us ride
over the rough times with joy.
When God Renews
Us to Carry us through Our Time of TravailPsalm 104:30-34
DAY 13Our Travail alongside
we know that the whole creation groans (joins
together in an internal and unexpressed groan) and travails in pain together (and
joins together with us in the travail of birth) until now ( right up to this present time).
Matthew 24:8All these (things pronounced before) are the beginning
of sorrows (the travail of birth).
I am beginning to see that the grief and pain weve known lately
is part of the travail that will give birth to a new day. Increase hope
within us. Let us have a season of refreshing that will encourage us
as we press on through the time of travail.
The Birth of the Man childRevelations 12:1-5
DAY 14Groaning, Waiting for
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:22NIRV®And thats not all.
We have the Holy Spirit as the promise of future blessing. But we also
groan inside ourselves as we look forward to the time when God will
adopt us as full members of His family. Then He will give us everything
He has for us. He will raise our bodies and give glory to them.
I praise You for the Holy Spirit You sent to dwell in us. I yield today
to the joy, and the hope, and the enabling grace He gives. Oh, let us
know a new fullness of His presence!
The Desolate Land WaitingJeremiah 12:9-11
Not knowing how to pray while going through the
time of travail, the Holy Spirit Himself has come within us to make
supplication for us. He is both praying within us in behalf of us. And,
He is praying within us in behalf of others.
DAY 15How the Holy Spirit
Prays When We Know Not What,
or How, to Pray
Romans 8:26Likewise the Spirit
also helps our infirmities (our weakness in knowing how to pray): for we know not what we should pray
for as we ought (what necessity demands that our prayer should be): but the Spirit itself makes intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Psalm 6:6,9I am weary with
my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with
my tears...The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive
the groanings of my own spirit join with the groanings of Your Spirit.
This is giving me hope that You are bringing to birth in me whatever
belongs in Your eternal Kingdom.
The Fruit of the SpiritGalatians 5:22,23
Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to what God desires.
Ø Romans 8:27And He that searches
the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession
for the saints according to the will of God.
for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with Thy likeness.
I do not know how to pray about the fullness of Your will. So, I yield
to the prayers of Your Spirit as He prays for me, and in me.
Doing Those Things That Are Pleasing in His SightI John 3:19-24
DAY 17Things that
Make up Our Life
we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose. (We instinctively know that God takes the combined
energy of everything that comes into our life and makes use of it to
bring about what is good for His holy purpose in us.)
there are things in my life right now that I do not feel good about.
Some of it came from my own failings. Some from what others have imposed
on me. Some have come from my own nature. Some have come by accident.
I give it all over to You. Sanctify the energy of it all and make it
work for good in me for Your Kingdom.
What Happened in Paul Working toward the Furtherance of the Gospel
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