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Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  (Matthew 28:18)

I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

He Prays for Us and we Pray for the Kingdom

On earth Jesus interceded for the saints and the most complete of these prayers is given to us in John 17:6-26.  It is for our comfort that Jesus prayed for us and that we continue His ministry with His authority and prayer to the Father for our security despite being in the world, but not of it (verses 6-14); prayer for protection from Satan (verses 15-16); prayer for our sanctification (verses 17-19); prayer for our unity in battle for the Kingdom (verses 20-23); and prayer for our eternal destiny to be with Him in His love.  Certainly the Father will answer the prayer in the Son who always prays for the will of God to be done.  This is an assurance we can rely upon as we battle to the end for the Kingdom.  Revolutionaries never die because their purpose exceeds who they are, and in this case, all is done for the glory of God.

In heaven Christ intercedes for the saints continually (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; and Hebrews 9:24).  Christ has ascended to the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34), a place of strength and influence, from which He makes intercession for His disciples.  The ministry of the Messiah did not end at the cross, but has continued with His resurrection and His constant intercession for our battle for the Kingdom.  Hebrews 7:25 emphasizes the continuous nature of Christ’s intercession for His disciples by using the word always for how often He intercedes for us.  Always in this verse is just as it implies – unending.  The Greek word for intercession also includes the idea of intervention.  Christ fights on our behalf as we do battle for the Kingdom.  What a relief to understand Christ always has our back in battle – fight on!

Along with our commission we have been instructed to pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).  Our part is both small in comparison to the ministry of Jesus Christ and small in the matter of effort.  He gave up all and we give up nothing but dirty rags.  He battles constantly and all we need to do is rest in Him and allow Him to work in us through yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit.  We will be victorious – fight on!

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