Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Trusting God Part 21 - Thy Kingdom Come

He is a quiet man, a man of few words but he taught us something about prayer. It wasn’t something taught in a class or shared from a book but we learned it as he prayed with us. I have found that the friends who mean the most to me and are closest to my heart, are the friends I pray with.

This friend and his wife shared a season of our life very closely. We lived close and often shared a pot of coffee at the end of our busy days. Always our conversation turned to God and the great mystery of how He works in our lives and in our sometimes confusing circumstances. Often our evenings ended with a prayer for each other and our kids in our various places in life.

Today as I read my Bible I was reminded of how Jerry often prayed for us. I read these familiar words in the Lord’s prayer. What Jerry taught us was good to remember today.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. Matthew 6:10

Sometimes in our prayers we don’t even know what to ask of God. Sometimes our own ideas of solutions are limited to what we can see and understand. Jerry opened up a new way to pray when he would recount the particular circumstance to God and then pray, “May Your kingdom be established in this business” or “in this child’s life”... or whatever it was we were dealing with.

God has instructed us to pray that His will be done on earth just as it is in Heaven. He instructed us to pray that His kingdom would come. Jerry put this into one practical step as he requested God to establish His kingdom in specific areas of our lives. As we invite His kingdom to be established, we are asking God to do beyond what we can imagine as a solution in our own minds. It invites God to work in a way that will bring honor to Him and have results that will not just affect the moment but will have an effect for eternity as well.

Today if you have a situation that is challenging you, or troubling you, invite God to establish His kingdom in your circumstance. Put aside your own best thinking and invite Him to work things out in a way that will show our God is trustworthy and faithful and in a way that will effect results that will bring glory to our God.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
I thank you that You have instructed us how to pray. I so often feel inadequate in this. Today I ask that You would establish Your kingdom in my life. Please work in my circumstances to bring glory to You and to show me and the world around me that You are a faithful and trustworthy God. I invite you to establish Your kingdom today right where I walk.
In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.