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"Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 'Give us this day our daily bread. 12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.' 14 "For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 "But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:9-15 (NAS)

Whose Kingdom?

Sometimes we desire to have our own kingdom... where we are king or queen...and our will is carried out.  From the time that Jesus first began His ministry to after His resurrection, there were many who wanted Him to establish an earthly kingdom...a kingdom or church that met their wishes and desires.  But Jesus' kingdom was not of this world:

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." John 18:36 (NAS)

There were many who thought the Jewish religious leaders, or the rich and the powerful would be ones most likely to enter the kingdom.  But Jesus spoke to them of humbling themselves and becoming as little children to enter the kingdom:

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all. Mark 10:14-15 (NAS)

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? James 2:5 (NAS)

"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4 (NAS)

For more information on the kingdom, see Lesson 2.

What Are We Asking of the Father?

Are we asking for things only to give us pleasure...or are we asking with the wrong motives?

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  James 4:1-4 (NAS)

Our Will...Or the Father's Will?

Are we searching Jesus' words to find what is truly God's will?  Or are we assuming that we can say or do anything in Jesus' name and still be okay?

Jesus says:  "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.' 24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. Matthew 7:21-24 (NAS)

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