Part Seven: Petitioning God
Since we’ve acknowledged God the Father, hallowed His name, and praised Him, we are now ready to petition Him for our needs. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” The kingdom of heaven is His presence, and His presence is where everything happens.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. [James 5:16 KJV]
It is prudent to establish God’s presence (kingdom) in the four areas of our lives, yourself, family, church, and country. Unless we are right with God, our prayers will not be effective. The first thing Christ did before He taught disciples how to pray, was to cleanse the Temple , and we are the temple of God . He also later cleared (cleansed) the temple of the merchants and moneychangers, stating that His house would be a house of prayer. Clear your mind and focus on Christ. Therefore, we begin our petition with ourselves.
We start by putting our foot down and by declaring the following, and/or similar:
Lord, you are the only one who is going to rule my life today. I’m going to set the rudder of my life toward you Jesus. No wind is going to blow me all over the ocean and off course away from you. I declare that only you will sit on the throne of my heart and you are the only one who is going to have charge over my spirit, my soul, and my body. You are sufficient for me. In your precious name, AMEN.
The kingdom of God is His presence.
Next week: We’ll look at “Give us this day our daily bread.”
 Matthew 6:1-8; Matthew 21:13
 1 Corinthians 3:16