Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013 “So That All May Know”

“so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and there is no other.” (1st Kings 8:60)

Good Morning God’s Elect!

In our denomination’s constitution, there is a section entitled “The Great Ends of the Church.” Basically, these outline what we understand to be God’s purpose for His bride, the Church. They define our mission as a people of God called by Christ. The first on that list is this: The proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind.” When I became aware of God’s call on my life to serve Him in ministry, it was with the clear understanding that it was to this particular end that God called and anointed me. Like it says in the great hymn by Catherine Hankey, “I Love To Tell The Story of unseen things above…of Jesus and His glory…of Jesus and his love.”  Truth is, you don’t have to become an ordained minister to do just that. Solomon’s prayer teaches us to pray for the spread of God’s kingdom to the entire world, “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and there is no other.”  Once again, centuries before Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,”, Solomon was making such a prayer. That sort of praying is timeless.We may learn how to pray by emulating this prayer.  In review of Solomon’s prayer, we learn:

1. To pray for God’s presence.

2. To pray for the desire to do God’s will in everything and for the desire and ability to obey His decrees and commandments

3. To pray that our hearts may be turned to Him.

4. To pray for the spread of His Kingdom

Let’s pray!

Holy is the Lord! Blessed be Your name forever, Heavenly Father. Be with us this day. May what we say and do and think today be in accordance with Your perfect will, and may we obediently respond to Your leading. Turn our hearts to you in this day that has been given to us. In this day, may we share the love of Christ in word and in deed with all people. Glory be to God! Amen!

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