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)
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:
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:
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
"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
"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)
Click on the next question to continue...