Kingdom Eyes and Ears

A New Lens

A prayer of mine recently has been to see with “Kingdom Eyes” and hear with “Kingdom Ears”. How differently would our attitudes and lives be if we filtered everything through God’s lens of what is best for His Kingdom…and not necessarily what we would say is best for us personally in that moment?! If we are not careful our prayers can become a selfish wish list instead of a desire to see the Kingdom of God grow.

For Your Name’s Sake

In the Psalms there is a phrase that is used over and over, “for your name’s sake”. The writer is asking and praying for things just like many of us do: forgiveness, guidance, provision, deliverance, etc… But the notable aspect of these prayers is the motive and heart behind what is being asked. WHY do I want to be forgiven? WHY do I want God’s guidance? WHY do I want to be helped in times of trouble? The question is not what but why. Do we want God’s help just so we don’t have to hurt or deal with pain which would make our lives more comfortable OR do we want God’s help so He can show the world His great power? Do we want God to guide and lead us so we end up in a more successful position OR do we want God to guide and lead us so His Kingdom is advanced?

When you pray, what is the “WHY”, the reason behind what you are praying? Is the “what” God focused and Kingdom minded or Self focused?

Psalm 25:11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Psalm 31:3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 79:9 Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
Psalm 143:11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

Change the focus, change your attitude

Yes, God is our Father and He desires to provide for us and give us blessings (Matthew 6:25 – 7:12) because He loves us! But is our driving motivation of prayer for God to just accommodate us? What if our prayers were Kingdom Minded? What if our prayers were rooted in what would be best for advancing the Kingdom? And what if my personal needs and comfort took a backseat to the Kingdom of God.
Next time you pray and ask God for something…ask with the Kingdom in mind. How does what you are asking help move the Kingdom forward? Next time something doesn’t go the way you were praying take another look at the situation and see it with Kingdom Eyes.
God loves us and wants what is best for each of us! As we grow in our love for God may we want what is best for the Kingdom!

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