[img]http://www.sermonindex.net/images/forum/2004/may/featured_news.gif[/img]Praying the Kingdom.Psalm 72:6Comment by L. W.1. May the king come down like rain upon the mown grass. Like showers that waters the earth, Ps72:6.The king, the ruler is the kingdom and the nation personified. His character and his countenance reflect the kingdom within. His upbringing and training has carved the nation into his heart. His meditations on and struggle with the concept of power forms his frame of mind. His personal pursuit for a role model suitable to represent his vision of national identity moulds his own ways and acts long before it will affect any other mans ways. In all his daily doings he practices the presence of the kingdom.May the king come down like rain upon the mown grass. May the ruler become Grace personified. Carrying a kingdom within, and having been set apart for rulership implies possibility and ability to exercise highest influence. Bringing the idea of reigning in touch with the specific choice of words and thoughts of the New Testament world we find a Greek word - Basileoo. It points in the direction of supreme moral dignity as well as liberty and blessedness. Rom 5:21 states that grace will reign through Jesus Christ. Grace belongs to a different kingdom. Grace is the expression of a peculiar Kingdom only accessible through an old rugged Cross. Grace is Royal power. Grace is a Royal gift.
2. In the light of a kings face is life. And his favour is like a cloud with the latter rain, the spring rain. - Prov 16:15. Even in the times of the latter rain, even in the end times there will appear kings whose faces reflects the light of heaven. Royalty needs royal blessings. Rulers will still be in reach of the company of intercessors who have learnt how to stay within the reach of the Throne. Thrones will be reached via the Throne. The priestly blessings crown a ruler. The priestly prayer plants the Kingdom of Heaven in a rulers heart. We are moving within the frames of the dispensation of Grace. We will never find another role. We are a royal priesthood sent to serve our nations and the rulers of our nations.We live and move under the reign of Grace, Rom 5:21. We are set to pray the kingdom. Pray the king, the president, the ruler into the Kingdom. Pray the Kingdom into the king. Intercessor reflects the Father. You pray in line with what or who you worship. If Grace abounds in your life, you will be able to pray the Kingdom of grace, the reign of Grace. If the Cross has become the pivotal point in your life, the law of the seed of grain will govern via your prayers. The heavenly kingdom does not force itself upon anyone. It cannot be taken by force. It is displayed and implanted by Grace.
3. You become a reflection of what you worship, Ps 115:8. You become a reflection of the kingdom within. God is the Father - a refuge. A king is meant to become a refuge. We are all meant to become refuges available to each other.We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18. You become like the one you worship. The Father is the God of all Grace, 1 Pet 5:10. The God of all Grace has invited us to be made able to pray even for our enemies. He has commanded us to love our enemies, Mt 5:44. Indeed, that takes grace, and he bestows grace. He bestows grace for the sake of the establishment of the peculiar Kingdom. He bestows grace to intercessors that Grace might reign. He bestows grace so that the countenance of rulers might shine. He bestows grace even to the final hour of the dispensation named after its main feature - Grace.May the king come down like rain upon mown grass. May the kings face shine. May the king be able to find grace. May he be able to reign by grace.Lars Widerberg