Unlimited: Pray That Christ’s Kingdom May Be Extended
Jan 22, 2017 1182
“He shall see His seed; He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand (Isaiah 53:10).”
Plead for the speedy fulfillment of this promise, all you who love the Lord…. How can He that gave the word refuse to keep it? Immutable veracity cannot demean itself by a lie, and eternal faithfulness cannot degrade itself by neglect…
That which the Spirit prompts us to ask for Jesus, is that which God decrees to give Him. Whenever you are praying for the kingdom of Christ, let your eyes behold the dawning of the blessed day which draweth near, when the Crucified shall receive His coronation… Your eyes cannot see the blissful future: borrow the telescope of faith; wipe the misty breath of your doubts from the glass; look through it and behold the coming glory….
Remember that the same Christ who tells us to say, “Give us this day our daily bread,” had first given us this petition, “…Thy kingdom come…” Let not your prayers be all concerning your own sins, your own wants, your own imperfections, your own trials, but let them climb the starry ladder, and get up to Christ Himself, and then, as you draw nigh to the blood-sprinkled mercy-seat, offer this prayer continually, “Lord, extend the kingdom of Thy dear Son.” Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions. – Charles Spurgeon
Eli’s Reflection: Think about how you usually pray. Are your prayers all about yourself, or are they all about Christ, or a mixture? Try praying a prayer now that is not about you at all, but that is all about Christ and His Kingdom and His glory. Afterwards, reflect: Was that difficult? How did you feel? Do you think you could improve the way you pray?