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Did you know Luther prayed for the KoG to come?


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In an earlier post I asked whether we should pray “Your Kingdom come…” or not?

If your hairdresser or your barber asked you this question what would you say – “yes” or “no” and how would you explain your answer? While you are sitting in the chair you’ll have plenty of time. You have a captive audience in your hairdresser or barber. So what would you say?

Martin Luther’s barber asked him how to pray in general.

So he wrote a book, ‘A Simple Way to Pray’

Maybe Luther might have answered the KoG question this way:

Say: "O dear Lord, God and Father, thou seest how worldly wisdom and reason not only profane thy
name and ascribe the honor due to thee to lies and to the devil, but how
they also take the power, might, wealth and glory which thou hast given
them on earth for ruling the world and thus serving thee, and use it in
their own ambition to oppose thy kingdom. They are many and mighty;
they plague and hinder the tiny flock of thy kingdom who are weak,
despised, and few. They will not tolerate thy flock on earth and think
that by plaguing them they render a great and godly service to thee. Dear
Lord, God and Father, convert them and defend us. Convert those who
are still to become children and members of thy kingdom so that they
with us and we with them may serve thee in thy kingdom in true faith
and unfeigned love and that from thy kingdom which has begun, we may
enter into thy eternal kingdom. Defend us against those who will not turn
away their might and power from the destruction of thy kingdom so that
when they are east down from their thrones and humbled, they will have
to cease from their efforts. Amen."
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Should we pray, “Your Kingdom come…”?


In our Sunday Bible class someone mentioned that they had been told they should not pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” So, we talked about it.

What do you think? Should we pray, “Thy Kingdom come…”?

Some say that the Kingdom offer has expired. It’s over. It’s not here. It will return at some unknown point in the future.

I can think of two reasons that WE SHOULD pray,

“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

BECAUSE

Jesus said,

This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
   on earth as it is in heaven…”

AND BECAUSE

Heaven knows we need the King’s will on earth

NOW,

not just later.


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this heart aches – but…


It is not death to die
To leave this weary road
And join the saints who dwell on high
Who’ve found their home with God
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed by tears
And wake in joy before Your throne
Delivered from our fears

.

O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die

.

It is not death to fling
Aside this earthly dust
And rise with strong and noble wing
To live among the just
It is not death to hear
The key unlock the door
That sets us free from mortal years
To praise You evermore

.

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)


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where to look when the day is all grim?


‘He Awakes’

  by   Mark Olivero

a meditation on the Book of Job chapter 3

 

His soul awakes from silence

now spinning in a blackened trance. 

Grief choreographed.

“What’s he saying?”

It’s just Job lamenting about his hour, his day.

It is his moment of bewilderment;

his chest crushing eulogy

to good fortune lost and lost in ruins.

 

But Job’s cry is every man’s cry.

Its rhythm is universal.

It is eschatological.

It’s prophetic for all who hear

his words since their first tolling.

It’s a dirge for all who have gone

before him to the grave.

Our griefs compressed in his song.

 

This is the crying of the ages;

one long weep around the globe. 

Somewhere now someone is crying

for death has… 

 

Everywhere someone is crying

for the death of something –

a good idea, a fortune,

a youth sweep by time,

a marriage torn apart, health ravaged

by abuse or disease, ambitions shattered –

– someone gone.

 

Like a slaughter lamb Job bleats for me;

with my unskilled tongue – all I can do is

cry – I’m not alone.  He speaks

beautiful poetry in mid-stream of horror;

bleating under the same cloud of grief

which cast over Adam and his wife

when they polluted the colony. 

They, hiding behind a stupid bush,

Job, on heap of garbage outside the village – both

screaming from their depths – “What

have I done?

What

have I

done?” 

The nearest star catches the wave of

their cry and throws it back.

Are there better days ahead? 

Who knows?

At this moment who cares.

 

But in our pains we forget mercy. 

The kind of mercy God gives us to live

through His Drama.

Yes through – –

– – but slow.

Mercy to awake to life;

mercy to witness the power,

the sheer power of the divine;

divine mercy on the outer edges

of our grief.

 

copyright2010-Mark Olivero – all rights reserved – copying prohibited.


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praying God’s words back to Him


here is a great online resource for helping you to pray the Bible or to put it another way – praying God’s words back to Him.  {you listen when people are talking to you about things you like to hear about.  i think God reacts in much the same way.}

 

here is what some are saying about this online resource:

“Who of us hasn’t had trouble with prayer at some time or another? And here is a God-sent solution: Matthew Henry’s A Method for Prayer. This book is worth its weight in gold (platinum?). No one utilizing this book can fail to profit from it.”

Derek W. H. Thomas