Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36
Throughout the world there are many different types of kingdoms. The most commonly known ones are those of different nations. Along with the nations being kingdoms, there are also kingdoms among businesses.
The focus of the kingdoms is to rule and reign as the best, and pushing back or removing the competition or enemy. Each one has a different method of focus and method to be the best.
As Jesus was being arrested and tried, he was asked what He had done to cause His people to hand Him over. Jesus stated that His kingdom was not of this world and that it worked in a different manner.
The world likes to fight for what it wants. The type of fighting that is usually done is physically. Nations and businesses are made up of people and people will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Those who are a part of the kingdoms are willing to fight for their leaders and country. Their desire is to protect it at all costs.
God’s kingdom is not of this world and thus works in a different way. No one can physically walk to God’s kingdom, it is in a different realm. Even though it is of a different realm, there is still a battle going on.
Although there is a battle going on, it is not a physical one, but a spiritual battle. Physical fighting is not a part of the battle plan. Believers do not have to physically fight to win this battle. It is won with prayer, sound doctrine, and love. With this type of battle, things may occur that appear crazy, such as Jesus going to the cross, to win the real battle.
Even though you are a part of this physical world, as a believer you are a part of another kingdom and world. As God works in your life, there will be times you must go through situations that do not make any sense.
Instead of physically fighting, you must pray and move forward with God’s plan for your life. You are a part of an eternal kingdom that will never fail or fade away. The problems in this life will fade away with time.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s eternal kingdom; that you will be a part of the spiritual battle of God’s kingdom; that you will fight in God’s manner and ways; and that you will look forward to eternal life with God some day.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:7
There are some people who love to talk and talk and talk, and keep on talking. Of those people, very few actually have something of value to keep talking about.
Words are being spoken, but have very little meaning, or are just being repeated over and over in slightly different ways. Salesmen can speak a mile a minute, trying to show one that they care, but only to try and trap someone into buying something not really needed.
As Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray, He tells them not to keep on babbling when they are praying.
During times of praying, especially in public, many believers will pray very long and grand repetitive prayers. This is often done for one of two main reasons. Either they are trying to look good with their prayers. Or they are trying to get God’s attention and an answer to a prayer.
Although one cannot see God directly, one can know that God hears every prayer, regardless of how long or short, loud or quiet it is. The reality is God knows what one needs even before it is asked in prayer.
God may be like a person who tunes out a babbling person and tunes out the long, lengthy babbling prayers of some. Those types of prayers are often not really done in faith, but out of fear or manipulation to get God to do something.
One cannot praise and worship God too much, but talking to God in prayer about needs, can be taken too far. Rather than babble on, one just needs to present his needs to God and trust God has heard those needs.
As with every believer, you have some needs in your life. Some needs are greater than other needs. Talk to God about every one of those needs.
However, as you talk to Him, do not allow yourself to keep going on and on about a need. Present it and let it go into His hands. God hears you the first time.
Talking more may show a lack of faith in God and promote self more. Instead of talking more about your needs, quickly present your needs and then take more time to praise and worship God.
Don’t talk too much, unless it is in praise and worship.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith that God hears your prayers; that you will worship and praise God more; that you will not babble when praying to God; and that your faith in God will grow.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8
All over the world there are people of all ages arguing or disputing about everything and anything. Everyone has a different idea on how things should be done or not done.
In the process of having these disputes, many will get angry about the other person’s stand on the issue. Words will be said to hurt or attempt to destroy the other person, without any regard to who the person is outside of the differences in a given issue.
Paul desires that men everywhere would pray and worship together, rather than be angry or disputing.
One can often find as much anger and disputing inside the church as there is outside of the church. Part of that is because the church is made up of fallen people who have chosen to follow the Lord. The things that are argued about are so numerous that one cannot count the total number of reasons.
Even though the church is made up of fallen people, there should be a desire to pray and worship together without any anger or disputing. Both prayer and worship takes the focus off of self, others and any problems and puts the full focus upon God. It allows God to guide and take care of the situation.
As people pray and worship together is will allow God to reveal His plan for any and every situation that people may face. It will also bring people together in unity of love for God and for each other. As people love each other and God, it will draw more people to God.
The praying is the seeking God for a solution. The worshipping is giving God praise and thanks for every situation. You may find yourself at times at odds or angry with another person or group of people. The anger and disputing will often lead to nothing but division.
Rather than stay angry, pray about it alone. Offer to pray together with the other person and then focus on worshipping God. Put God first in your life and in your relationships with other people.
As you pray and worship God, it will allow God to work in your life and in the lives of others. God will bring about unity when He is at the center of all.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in prayer about every situation; that you will worship God in every situation; that God will be the center of your relationships; and that God will strengthen you to avoid anger and disputes of no value.