If we will pray according to God’s kingdom and for God’s glory, then God’s power will operate through us.
The Lord’s Prayer is a pattern that teaches us how to pray. The portion to memorize for this is week is the second part of Matthew 6:13: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
Prayer is about the kingdom of Heaven. Acts 1:1-6 shows us that Jesus’ disciples had a hard time understanding the kingdom of Heaven. Even after spending three and a half years with Jesus, witnessing His death and resurrection, and spending forty more days with Him, they were still looking for their own importance in an earthly kingdom. We have the same tendency to think that life is about us. If we want to see God’s power released through our prayers, we must come to the place where it’s not about us, but about God and His kingdom.
We live for God’s kingdom only through His power. Like the disciples in the New Testament, we receive God’s power and boldness when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Acts 4:31). We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we pray. We must pray to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit each day.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, God gives each of us gifts (things that we are good at) to be used for the honor and glory of God (1 Peter 4:11). When people honor us and try to give us glory as we minister in those gifts, we need to follow Jesus’ example and turn the glory back to our Heavenly Father. “For of him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).