Monthly Archives: April 2017

Devotion on Prayer: The Person and Purpose of Prayer

All ‘good praying’ will focus on the Person of God and the purpose of extending His Kingdom’s work. 

According to the traditional recitation of this payer, we conclude our praying with a surrender to the will and ways of God by saying, ‘Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever, Amen’.  Though this last part of the Lord’s Prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, is only found in late manuscripts, we can be confident that the message is true.  Whether we pray all six petitions, three of which are focused on God or the last three that are focused on our needs, the overall reason for praying them is to EXALT THE LORD and bring Him glory and honor.

So as we conclude our prayer time, our concern could be and should be to ’cause the dignity and worth of God to become apparent and be acknowledged’ and to ‘teach and admonish everyone while proclaiming Him’ (Col. 1:28).

And though our needs are a concern to the Lord (see I Peter 5:7), His position and purposes are preeminent, for ‘Whom have I in Heaven but You…’ (Psalm 73:25-26)

Will you join countless brethren all over the world in prayer?