MATTHEW 6:10_Thy kingdom come…
We have already discussed the Apostle John’s vision. Revelation 21:1 (KJV), “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” John sees something new. The former things are no more. He sees a brand new heaven and a brand new earth
Let’s gain a little more insight and read verse 4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.“
This new world sounds very good. Perhaps more like the Garden of Eden before the only two people on the planet decided there was a better plan.
I like no more tears. I like no more death. I like no more sorrow. I like no more crying. I like no more pain.
Now check out verse 5, “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
I like all things made new.
Jesus includes that we pray for this new kingdom to come. Thy kingdom come – this is God’s kingdom.
No wonder it will be perfect!
God Who Makes New, Praise Your great power. You will bring a new kingdom. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows there will be a new kingdom—He has told me!
MATTHEW 6:9_Our Father which art in Heaven…
Jesus begins by recognizing who God is. Remember how Elijah began his prayer in I King 18 (KJV), “36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel.”Recognizing God through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be important to the Jewish community. Jesus’ recognition of God as Our Father which art in Heaven, opens up a prayer path for Gentiles. This says God is the Father of all mankind—not just the Jews. All people are made in His image.
God’s creation is amazing and miraculous. God’s DNA can connect you to your biological parents, whom you may have never met. You may blame God if you’ve never known your parents, or if you know them but have a poor relationship. Don’t blame God for the mistakes of people. Rather, praise God that He can help you overcome – anything.
Without the Savior people are sinful. They cause pain – lots of pain. Your Father, which is in Heaven, wants to love you through the pain.
Include Him in your sorrow – don’t blame Him for it.
Father God, I worship You as the One True God, Creator of all of Heaven and Earth. I praise You there is nothing I face in life that You cannot give me the ability to overcome. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to know God is my Father—I do!
MATTHEW 5:8_Blessed are the pure in heart…
The amazing heart seldom receives its full due. If you think in scientific terms you know it keeps blood pumping. Essential to life. Leviticus 17:11 (KJV), ‘”For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”
When you think of the heart as the center of your emotions, you see love, joy, panic, and fear. The beating heart keeps hormones producing and functioning. Have you discovered something significant? There is a reason deep sorrow and sadness are called heartbreak.
The Bible teaches much more about the heart. The heart is the very center of decision making. When the heart is filled with bitterness, you become a bitter person. You may not even realize it, but the people who know you see it plainly. If your heart is full of hate, you become hateful. A heart filled with unbridled hate may even be moved to murder. The heart instructs the brain, not the other way around. Even though this is not popular science it is what the Bible teaches.
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV), “For as he [mankind] thinketh in his heart, so is he…” What you dwell on in your heart is who you are.
Another thing to count on is what your heart dwells on will eventually come out of your mouth – guaranteed!
Father in Heaven, I know what rules my heart will rule my life. I want that to be goodness and purity. Please help me obtain it. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants my heart clean—He will cleanse it!
MATTHEW 5:4_Blessed are they that mourn…
Join me in saying, “Thank You, Jesus!” Jesus not only knows, hears, and understands my mourning, He blesses me for it! How awesome is that?
How beautiful to know there is One who cares when my heart breaks. One who saves all my tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8 KJV). Jesus comes to me in the midst of my pain. He takes the very thing which causes me deep sorrow and with time uses it to bless me!
That seems impossible – especially when I am in the midst of my pain.
But He is the God of the Impossible.
Always has been.
Always will be.
That in itself eases some of the pain.
If I have no sorrow, I live in Heaven – the eternal Heaven. That time has not come for me, or you. Presently, I live in a fallen world where the devil and his powers of darkness are continually at work. And I mourn.
It is up to me to allow Jesus to minister to me in my mourning, or to shut Him out.
There are sunny days in life for me to grasp. Holding Jesus’ hand helps me grasp them.
Merciful God, Praise You for feeling my pain, for feeling my hurts, for understanding my mourning. Praise You that I am never alone in my sorrow for You are always with me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ hears my cries—He saves all my tears!