December 9, 2018 - Inscriptions From The Heart
December 9, 2018
Pastor Immanuel Garcera
“Thy Kingdom Come”
Bottom-line, kingdom prayers can be hard to pray consistently all the time. With the worries of our world and the responsibilities we have, it can be very hard to consistently focus on God’s kingdom and His mission. Especially with our needs/wants, responsibilities, and worries lurking in the background. Whether its school, your work (or lack of it), your family, or relationships – there are lots of reasons to worry in this world and pray for such troubles.
In the first year of my post-secondary schooling, I made a decision to go in two weeks late into my studies (which made it near impossible to catch up because people who start on time are already behind in two weeks), my relationship with Erica just started which needed lots of commitment, my sister was diagnosed with leukemia and after classes I would go to the hospital to attend to her. Around this time I also found out my dad had decided to separate from my mom and our family and on top of all this I had a ministry with the youth and part time job. This was, for me at 18 years old, stressful to say the least. This would be stressful for me now as a 28 year old!
It’s in the midst of these worries and stresses that I’m personally reminded of Matthew 6:33. In light of our topic this month and Pastor String’s sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, the verse says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This passage reminds us that God has got us; that the things that we need will be given to us when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. This is the reality that eludes most of us. I find, especially us Christians – that when we lose our life, we will find it, but those who seek to save their own lives will lose it (Matthew 10:39). That is, to live, find life and find what we need in this world, for us Christ followers, is to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
So what about us? When was the last time you put the focus on God’s kingdom and His righteousness – the way He does things, rather than the way you’ve come to know and do things? When was the last time you prayed and wanted to see God’s kingdom first instead of laying down our needs and troubles? (It’s not bad to do so, but God’s kingdom should come first.) Church, I hope the next time we are being crushed by the worries and stresses of this world we would look past our troubles and go to the bottom-line, pray, and look to the kingdom of God.
To God be the glory, forever and ever.