Kingdom prayer is prayer that calls God’s kingdom to earth. It is a way of praying that makes requests of God while recognizing that its fulfillment involves my faithful obedience. The most striking example of Kingdom Prayer in the New Testament is the Lord’s Prayer. In the Lord’s prayer, we learn to make requests of God, but that each of those requests necessitates a faithful response from us. While we ask God to act in the world, we recognize our responsibility in seeing those requests carried out. We ask that God’s will come, realizing that we must be faithful. We ask that God provide for our needs, realizing that we are called to generosity if our needs have already been met. Kingdom prayer calls us to play our part in bringing heaven to earth.
Questions for Reflection
- Does prayer come easily or not to me?
- Do I think prayer accomplishes anything?
- Why does God instruct us to pray for things when it’s up to us to do them?
- Why can it be so hard to forgive others who have sinned against you?
- When people see me, who do they think God is?
This is the sixth and final installment in our sermon series about disciplines that shape the church for mission. The structure of the series is taken from David E. Fitch’s book Faithful Presence
Previous Installments are available below