The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution. -- J. Oswald Sanders
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”
Matthew 6:13, NKJV
Today we come to the end of our journey through The Lord’s Prayer. This prayer that starts with worship of the name of God, ends with understanding the vastness of his power and majesty and beauty. To recognize the greatness of God and his kingdom opens up our prayers and gives us the boldness to make some wild declarations. The kingdom, power, and glory belong to him, yet Jesus has given us access to that power.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
God is building his kingdom on the earth (yes, here and now) and has invited us to take part of the process. He has called and purposed you for his kingdom work, equipping you with everything needed to affect change in your world. Instead of asking timid or small prayers, we need to get into the Word, see what he has already promised, and fully go for it! As children of the King and ambassadors of the kingdom, we been given permission to pray big audacious prayers.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
John 5:14-15, NIV
Romans 14 tells us the kingdom of God isn’t about what we have to eat and drink, but it’s about God putting things right in us and in the world. The kingdom of God is healing and wholeness; it’s focused on finding those who are lost and helping those in need; it’s about freedom from bondage, whether it’s mental, physical or social. The kingdom of God is about pointing people to the abundant life Christ came to give us.
With secure confidence we can declare things to be set right in our lives, our church, our local community and across the earth. Declare God’s Word over your family, health, finances, business, school, even your ideas and creativity! Declare his Word over our nation and our world.
Become bold in your declarations! It might help to write out or type up a list. Include verses that relate to the promises you’re declaring. Watch God show up in your life.
- Salvation for the lost
- Walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit
- Health/healing for yourself and others
- Success in your sphere of influence/wherever God has placed you
- Godly leaders to have major influence
Questions for Contemplation
- In what way do you believe you’re able to contribute to building God’s kingdom?
- What areas of your life have you already seen God at work in a big way? Which areas do you need to be speaking over?
- What WILD declarations will you claim over this Lent season?