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Do You Know What You're Praying For...
06-13-2008, 05:47 PM (This post was last modified: 06-13-2008 05:51 PM by Question_It.)
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Do You Know What You're Praying For...
"You must pray then, this way:

" 'Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come.' " Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord's Prayer, as it is commonly known. It is, in actuality, more than that. It is a guideline provided by Jesus of Nazareth for his followers, a guidline that shows what should be of utmost importance when we approach his Father, God, in prayer. And so the old adage takes precedence: be careful what you pray for.

It is important to note, first, that many people are not taught in their places of worship that the kingdom Jesus instructed his followers to pray for is a REAL government! Unseen to human eyes, this government, or kingdom, has as its appointed (chosen) King the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible-writer Daniel makes mention of this Kingdom government: "In the days of those kings (the generations of our political rulers) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite." Daniel 2:44

This is where it takes more than the usual attention given to parts of an article. In this case, in the latter part of this scripture, Daniel writes an interesting passage: 'It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinte.'

But why should we care at all that the Bible-writer felt the need to point out that this heavenly government, or kingdom, would crush and put an end to all other kingdoms? Because this is a divine warning lovingly provided by God, and given to one of his prophets, to write down for those of future generations (us) who would be alive at the time of the installment of this kingdom.

This is why it is important that any individual who speaks the words of this prayer, understand that they are in actuality requesting that God remove current governments, of which stand opposed to God's authority, and replace these governments with a new government, one in which God rules as Sovereign, and God's son, Jesus Christ, will rule as King for an appointed time. And according to other Biblical passages, the installment of that kingdom has already occurred in heaven, and the benefits this government will provide will also be experienced on earth, but will be preceded by the event referred to in the Bible as Armageddon--God's war.

There are many themes of the Bible that should be of importance to us because they affect us on a deep and personal level. The Bible is a book of prophecy, but it is also a book lovingly inspired by God that warns mankind of the impending events that are about to unfold on our planet. Great change is ahead, but for those who put their trust in God, events that are about to transpire do not have to be anticipated with dread. In fact, even Jesus declared that all these things must take place... .

For more in-depth information about the importance of prayer and what prayers God listens to, visit http://www.watchtower.org/ Type in the key-word: Kingdom, or prayer, in the search box in the upper right corner of the page, for more information about God's Kingdom and the benefits it will bring to all of God's creation. You can even request a free Bible study to learn more about these and other Bbile truths.
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06-07-2013, 10:07 PM
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RE: Do You Know What You're Praying For...
(06-13-2008 05:47 PM)Question_It Wrote:  "You must pray then, this way:

" 'Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come.' " Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord's Prayer, as it is commonly known. It is, in actuality, more than that. It is a guideline provided by Jesus of Nazareth for his followers, a guidline that shows what should be of utmost importance when we approach his Father, God, in prayer. And so the old adage takes precedence: be careful what you pray for.

It is important to note, first, that many people are not taught in their places of worship that the kingdom Jesus instructed his followers to pray for is a REAL government! Unseen to human eyes, this government, or kingdom, has as its appointed (chosen) King the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible-writer Daniel makes mention of this Kingdom government: "In the days of those kings (the generations of our political rulers) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite." Daniel 2:44

This is where it takes more than the usual attention given to parts of an article. In this case, in the latter part of this scripture, Daniel writes an interesting passage: 'It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinte.'

But why should we care at all that the Bible-writer felt the need to point out that this heavenly government, or kingdom, would crush and put an end to all other kingdoms? Because this is a divine warning lovingly provided by God, and given to one of his prophets, to write down for those of future generations (us) who would be alive at the time of the installment of this kingdom.

This is why it is important that any individual who speaks the words of this prayer, understand that they are in actuality requesting that God remove current governments, of which stand opposed to God's authority, and replace these governments with a new government, one in which God rules as Sovereign, and God's son, Jesus Christ, will rule as King for an appointed time. And according to other Biblical passages, the installment of that kingdom has already occurred in heaven, and the benefits this government will provide will also be experienced on earth, but will be preceded by the event referred to in the Bible as Armageddon--God's war.

There are many themes of the Bible that should be of importance to us because they affect us on a deep and personal level. The Bible is a book of prophecy, but it is also a book lovingly inspired by God that warns mankind of the impending events that are about to unfold on our planet. Great change is ahead, but for those who put their trust in God, events that are about to transpire do not have to be anticipated with dread. In fact, even Jesus declared that all these things must take place... .

For more in-depth information about the importance of prayer and what prayers God listens to, visit http://www.watchtower.org/ Type in the key-word: Kingdom, or prayer, in the search box in the upper right corner of the page, for more information about God's Kingdom and the benefits it will bring to all of God's creation. You can even request a free Bible study to learn more about these and other Bbile truths.
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