in the Kingdom
THROUGHOUT THE WORD OF GOD,
we find it is those who understand who waIT IS WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM THAT IT WILL GROW
IN US. Thus, understanding becomes a mark of a son or daughter
of the Kingdom.lk in God's light,
His enabling grace and His abiding power. Therefore we pursue understanding in His Kingdom.
the understanding darkened will alienate us from the life of God.
Eph 4:17,18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life
of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness
of their heart. Ac 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked
at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
· FATHER, theres been a lot of vanity
and pride in me. My mind has been puffed up with vain thoughts. Please
set me free from my foolish way of thinking. It has ruled me. With utmost
humility, I bow before You and present to You my darkened understanding.
Heal my ignorance. Remove my blindness. Purge my conscience.
Paul was commissioned of the Lord to minister
light and understanding to the Gentiles Ac 26:15-19
of the worlds impurity will defile our understanding and conscience.
Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them
that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind (the part that understands) and conscience (the
part that knows one's self) is defiled.
· LORD, set me free from the defiling pull
of the world. Work in me till I abhor its moral filth and greed. Let me
not embrace any of it in my mind or conscience. Cleanse my mind so I can
think right thoughts and become mature for Your Kingdom.
A wrong love for the world sets us at odds
with what God wants with us I Jn 2:15; II TIm 4:10
Lord will impart understanding, but we must give up our stubbornness.
Ps 32:8,9 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye. Be ye not
as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth
must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
· FATHER, I am ready for Your instruction.
Too long Ive been stubborn and foolish. Ive lived without
restraint and done what Ive felt like doing. Now I give my heart
to You to place in it an understanding of Your ways. I want the rule of
Your Kingdom to guide me.
A Kingdom person has given up his own understanding
to acknowledge God s way Pro 3:1-10
our development, we lift up our voices in supplication for understanding.
Pro 2:3-5,9 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge. and liftest
up thy voice for understanding: if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest
for her as for hid treasures: then shalt thou understand the fear of the
LORD, and find the knowledge of God ... Then
shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every
· FATHER, my understanding is weak. It seems
always to run from me and I am left in the dark. But I am learning to
cry unto You to help me understand. Oh, give me an understanding heart!
Help me understand the ways of Your Kingdom. While Youre working
in me today, help me know and understand Your purpose for me in Your Kingdom.
Wisdom with understanding is of more value
than all this world's treasures Pro 3:11-23
will develop within us as we give ourselves to studying the Bible.
Ps 119:104,105 Through Thy Precepts I get understanding:
therefore I hate every false way. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and
a light unto my path. Ps 19:7 The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting
the soul: the Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
· DEAR LORD, I love
Your Word, but darkness and worry try to keep me from it. Sometimes I
think my mind is too dull to grasp much of it. Oh, bring Your Spirit upon
me to help me grasp its meaning and yield to what it says for my life!
Enable me with Your grace to walk in its light.
The instruction God gives in His Word will
make us ready for life in His Kingdom Ps 19:7-14
we desire the rule of Gods Kingdom, here is the way we may pray.
Ps 119:27, 34, 125, 144 Make me to understand the way
of Thy Precepts: so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works.... Give me
understanding and I shall keep Thy Law; yea, I shall observe it with
my whole heart
I am Thy servant; give me understanding that
I may know Thy Testimonies.... The righteousness of Thy Testimonies is
everlasting: give me understanding and I shall live.
· LORD, my cry before You has come to be for
understanding. Give me the light that comes from Your Precepts. Help me
comprehend Your Law so I can walk uprightly. Bring upon me a new release
of Your grace for what I am facing today. Help me give utter heed to Your
Testimonies in this trial upon me.
In the midst of this world's darkness we can
arise to walk in The light of the Lord Isa 60:1-5, 19
our preparation for Gods call and purpose, He will open our understanding.
Lk 24:45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might
understand the Scriptures. I Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of
God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him
that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal Life.
· FATHER, my understanding, though still limited,
is growing. Please increase it within me. I have given my heart to You,
to seek wisdom and understanding. Let Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation
move within my spirit to make me ready for Your Kingdoms call.
In the Lord Jesus Christ we find wisdom and understanding I Cor 1:30; I Cor 2:16
IF WE ALLOW THE WORLD WITH ITS DISTRACTIONS TO CROWD IN UPON US.
OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE KINGDOM WILL DIMINISH. Thus, the god of this
world will impose his rule upon us.
we grow in Kingdom life we must take heed lest the world crowd in upon
Mk 4:19 And the cares of this world and the deceitfulness
of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word.
and it becometh unfruitful. Jn 15:19 If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but
I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
· LORD, the world has made a bid for my heart
and soul. Please set me free from its inordinate pull. Please help me
find a balance in my affairs of life so I can live the life of a Kingdom
God sets our example as to how we should love
the world I Jn 4:9-17; Jn 3:16
grace of God will teach us how to live in this present world.
Tit 2:11-13 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation
hath appeared to all men teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
· FATHER, let Your grace come over all my life.
Let it teach me how to live in the world that is becoming evil on every
hand. Let it show me how to respond to the people who dont know
You. Let it guide me in my affairs of business. Let Your grace come through
in my relationships with the people I live with.
The grace of God will set us free from the
dominion of sin Rom 6:12-16
King, our Lords judgment on the world will be in righteousness.
Ps 9:7-9 But the LORD shall endure for ever: He hath prepared
His throne for judgement. And He shall judge the world in righteousness, He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The LORD also
will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
· DEAR LORD, I am feeling more and more alienated
from the world, but I feel closer to You. Thank You for teaching me that
my only sure provision is in You. My only hope of future security is in
You. The only sure foundation I have for living is in You. My trust in
You is growing.
Oh, the blessings of those who forsake the
evil of this world to place their trust in the Lord Ps 32:1-7
Jesus Who is our Lord is also the Light of the World.
Jn 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the
Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but
shall have the Light of Life. Jn 12:46 I am come a Light
into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.
· LORD JESUS, You are my Light. Thank You
for bringing Your radiance on this path in which Im now walking.
It would be so dark without You! Let Your light fill all my inner being.
Let it shine through me for others to see. Let me be a light in the dark
place I live and work.
A great light is shining for the people who walk
in darkness Is 9:2; Jn 12:35,36; Eph 5:14
DAY 12For those who know Gods Kingdom,
darkness will give way to light.
Isa 58:10,11 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted soul: then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
and thy darkness be as the noon day. And the LORD shall guide thee continually,
and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt
be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail
· LORD, let Your love and mercy flow through
me to the people around me who are needy and hungry. Open my ears to hear
their cry. Open my eyes to see their depravity. Open my heart to feel
their wounds and the hurt of their soreseven what they keep hidden.
Thus, make me a Kingdom person.
We take note of the quality in those who will
inherit the Kingdom with Christ Mt 25:34-40
DAY 13The spirit of anti-Christ is in
the world to dissuade us from our trust in Christ.
I Tim 4:1-3 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the
spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and
every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have
heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
· GRACIOUS LORD, release a discerning spirit
in me. Help me recognize the spirits of anti-Christ, even when they come
cloaked in religious garb and speak religious words. Draw me so close
to You that none of them can deceive me. Now, draw these I hold before
You into this same place.
God dealt severely with those who would deceive
His people Deut 13:1-5
become overcomers when we know the One dwelling in us is greatest of all.
I Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. I Jn 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us,
because He hath given us of His Spirit.
· LORD, it has been my tendency to look to
others for moral strength and encouragement. This has opened me to anti-Christ
spirits and Ive been let down more than once. Now, please teach
me to depend on Your indwelling Spirit. I want You to guide me and teach
me the ways of Your Kingdom.
God is ready to show Himself strong on behalf of
those who love Him supremely II Ki 6:11-19
in the midst of perversity, and adversity, we are set to shine as lights.
Phil 2:14-16a Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of
· FATHER, please let right character develop
in me. I want to shine as a light right where I am in this world. Deal
with everything in me that sometimes makes me cross and irritable toward
others who dont know You. As a child of Your Kingdom, teach me not
to argue and quarrel and defend myself.
Jesus has set us to shine in the world Mt 5:11-16
WE ARE PLANTED IN THE FIELDS OF THE WORLD TO SPREAD THE LIGHT OF
CHRISTS KINGDOM. As the enemy opposes the spread of the Kingdom
in us personally, he will oppose its spread in the world.
we are in the world, we are there for the purposes of His Kingdom.
Mt 13:24,37,38a Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in
his field... He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed
is the Son of man: the field is the world: the good seed are the children
of the Kingdom... Mk 16:20 And they went forth, and
preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word
with signs following. Amen.
· LORD, I need Your help right where lam. I
have given up complaining and arguing with You about my situation. Help
me see, even in my trouble, it as my place of present planting. Let the
light and 4.fe of Your Kingdom begin to come forth in me.
Persecution was the means whereby the early
Gospel was spread Ac 8:1-6
enemy opposes Gods Kingdom. He will oppose the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Mt 13:25, 38b,39a But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat, and went his way.... the tares are the children
of the wicked one: the enemy that sowed them is the devil... II
Cor 11:14 And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be
according to their works.
· LORD, I cry unto You for a discerning of
spirits. Many strange and diverse things go on in Your Name that it confuse
me. While I dont consider myself a judge, at least help me know
what is born of Your Spirit so I can give myself to what is right.
Persecution from the world was the means whereby
the early Gospel was spread Ac 8:1-6
is the enemys intention to spread corruption in Gods Kingdom.
Mt 13:26-28a But when the blade was sprung up, and brought
forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the
householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed
in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An
enemy hath done this. Gal 3:la O foolish Galatians, who hath
bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth...?
· FATHER, give me a right attitude toward those
around me who may, or may not, have been planted by the devil. Since I
am not to be the judge, let the light and the love You are imparting to
me reach through me to them. Perchance, they will repent.
We are warned not to partake of strife and
divisions Rom 16:17,18; Jas 3:14-16
corrupt seed, with the good seed, will abide till the end of the age.
Mt 13:28b-30a . . . The servants said
unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said Nay;
lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.... Let both grow together until the harvest... I Cor 4:5 Therefore
judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come. Who both will bring
to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels
of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
· FATHER, give me patience with the evil around
me. Let me not take things into my own hands to deal with it. Teach me
to live in the midst of it while drawing on the resources of Your Kingdom.
Give me a love and compassion for those who partake of this worlds
evil, while I myself reject it.
We are not set to judge The world, but to keep
our own selves free from its impurity I Cor 5:7-13
DAY 20The children of the Kingdom will
then shine in the field of their planting.
Mt 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Dan
12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament:
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. I Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your
labor is not in vain in the Lord.
· FATHER, I have given myself to the authority
of Your Kingdom. Help me be steadfast and unmovable in my devotion to
You. Teach me to stand firm in faith and confession that Your Kingdom
is triumphant even when I see the work of the enemy on every hand. Help
me to believe unconditionally even when things seem wrong.
Those that wait on the Lord shall inherit the
earth Ps 37:1-9
EACH MONTH, we have enough room only for about three
weeks of prayer starters. We hope in the remaining days you will go over
them again. Reread the Scriptures. Pray the prayers again. Let them work
their way deeper into your heart and mind.
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First and Second Word of the Kingdom
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