Devotions for July 5, 2017

MATTHEW 6:10

10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

PSALM 2

1 Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem,[a] on my holy mountain.”
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.[b] Today I have become your Father.[c] 8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
9 You will break[d] them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son,[e] or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE

This Psalm pictures God’s anointed King bringing true justice and righteousness to every nation even though the kings of the world mock him. Jesus is the Son of God and the rightful King who will shepherd the nations in righteousness.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: When Jesus said, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” what is He praying for exactly? What should you be praying for?

Q: Knowing you are an adopted child in God’s kingdom, how does this change your perspective on prayer?

Q: What is your role in helping His will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven? How can you best serve your King?

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