"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Kingdom and God’s Will
We can help to feed a hungry person, but only God can eradicate hunger. We can sign new treaties in the Middle East; but only God can bring peace. We can enforce laws against violence, but only God can change the heart of man. We can reach out to the poor, but no matter what we do, they will always be among us (Matthew 26:11).
We have the resources to change the world in one day. God has already provided all that is needed for us to do so. We can truly make this planet a better place for all of us to live and share. However, this earth will never change without God and His ways totally implemented on this earth. As long as God’s Kingdom is not established here as it is in heaven and as long as God’s will is not man’s priority, we will, as the society of the world, continue in our decay. Matthew 6:9-10 tells us,
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. King James Version (KJV)
We can help and do good works for others for James tells us that faith without works is dead, but we must humble ourselves before God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us,
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. King James Version (KJV)
We need to recognized that God is above all of us “Our Father which art in heaven…”
We must recognize that before we ask God for anything we must worship HIM. “…Hallowed be thy name.”
We must learn to humble ourselves “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…” As we humble ourselves we then ask God for two things, for his Kingdom to be established and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. That means that we are praying that His will be done without resistance. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
The result of this kind of prayer is exciting; we are talking about forgiveness of sin and the healing of our land. “…then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”