Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Topic: The Lord’s Prayer
SUB TOPIC: Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
TEXT: Matt 6:9-13, Mark 14:32-41, Romans 8:28-30

When we pray, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven we simply recognize and invite God’s power to redirect our request, situations and lives or to restructure our priorities and awaken our Spirits to what is the right (Romans 8:26) and in right order to what God says is right for us to desire for us knowing fully well that God’s will is absolutely perfect for us, Jeremiah 29:11.

CASE STUDY 1: Mark 14:32-41
Jesus prayer in the garden of Gethsemane
i.                     Separate Himself from others to a place at a particular time – verse 32, Luke 22:39-40
ii.                  To pray over an issue – verse 33-34
iii.                He prays to the father – verse 36b
iv.               Invite God’s will – verse 36c
v.                 He prayed until God’s will is ascertained and confirmed – verse 39, Luke 22:43
vi.               He submitted to God’s will – verse 41
Often times as Christian, we stop at this point without confirming Heaven’s will; no wonder there is repetition in our prayers or we become frustrated and discouraged with prayers. Understanding God’s will help to align our prayers to the yearning of the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ in Hebrews 10:5-7 stated that “I have come to do your will of God” hence, his purpose (and our purpose) on earth is primarily to fulfill what had been declared (as it is in Heaven).
Thus, God’s will for us on earth is to please Him through complete obedience as sons Psalm 40:6-8, Hebrews 5:7-10, hence, our lives (body, soul, Spirit, ways, attitude) must show us as walking and abiding in His will without any barrier or condemnation (Romans 8:1-14&33), Romans 1:8-10
CASE STUDY 2: The book of Esther 1-9
God’s will to preserve His people
i.                    Queen Vashti behavior and dethronement Esther 1
ii.                  Esther’s natural beauty Esther 2:7
iii.                Mordecai’s placement in the palace Esther 2:5&21, 4:1&7-8
iv.               Esther’s finding favour before the king Esther 2:15-17
v.                 Mordecai’s warning to Esther about her tribe Esther 2:20
vi.               Haman’s hatred and conspiracy against the Jews Esther 3
vii.             Mordecai’s confirmation of God’s will through Esther 4:13-14
viii.           Esther and the people’s action Esther 4:15-17, 7:1
ix.                God breaking into the natural others Esther 6:1-3
x.                  God’s will to save His people through Esther and Mordecai’s positions and actions was accomplished Esther 8&9
Seek if first (Psalm 16:7-11)- is received and confirm by God’s Spirit in us (John 20:22, 14:7), 16:13-15) -can be affected by our choice and decisions (Samson carrying strange woman Judges 14:1, 16:4 and 28-31, King Saul disobeying God, 1 Samuel 15:10-24). God works His will through people He chose (Joseph – Genesis 45:5, Moses – Exodus 3:1-12). We must always pray for it (Matthew 6:10). Our prayers must be in line with it (1 John 5:14-15). Non human plan or scheme can prevent it except yourself (Balaam and Balak, Numbers 23:11&23). Satan’s work is primarily against it (Job 2:3-6). The primary will of God is the salvation of souls (John 3:16-17) and for such to worship Him (John 4:23) in Spirit, truth, holiness, long health and prosperity. Is written in the Bible
God’s will – what God wants done – He works through by revealing it through the word and Holy Spirit to man who act in total obedience by action and prayer. God thus breaks into natural order by miracles and overrules the natural order to accomplish an act in respond to the expressed needs of His people.
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