From scriptures, we understand that the core responsibility in God’s kingdom for every believer is to engage in kingdom advancement prayer Mk. 11:17; 1Cor. 3:9,16. It is as we embrace this responsibility that we become entitled to the greatness that the kingdom offers. It is not enough to prayer, for prayer to deliver the profits of the kingdom in our lives, we must pray for the right things Jms. 4:1-3.
What are we to Pray for?
God’s will is that everyone that experience salvation abides in the faith for life Jn. 15:16. This can only be as they become planted in God’s house, the church Psa. 92:13; Mat. 13:4-8. It is as we keep praying for the new converts and new members that they will abide in the church, which will result in their establishment in the faith Gal. 4:19; Col. 4:12.
These are the ways we pray for them:
Why must the New Converts and New Members be established in the Church?
The church is God’s city of refuge that forbids the wicked from assaulting the believer as long as he abides there Jos. 6:20; Oba. 17.
The church is the place of fellowship with the brethren and with God, which offers the believer the privilege of impartation with the strength of God 1Jn. 1:2-3; Psa. 84:7.
The church is the depot of God’s blessing, where the believer goes to possess his portion of the inheritance in Christ Acts 20:32; Oba. 17; Psa. 132:13-15.
The church is where God has positioned men He anointed to feed His people with the understanding of His word, which will result in supernatural life in them 1Pet. 5:5; Acts 20:28; Jer. 3:15-16.
The spirit of the world that was driven out of the believer at salvation will always seek to enter again, the only security to forbid re-entrance is by their commitment to the church Mat. 12:43-45; Heb. 12:22-24.
What is the Reward for Engaging in Kingdom Advancement Prayer?
The fundamental reward is supernatural advancement of the believer Mat. 6:6,17-18,33. When we are committed to advancing God’s kingdom, God in return commits to advance our destiny supernaturally.
He was a businessman, who became the greatest among others through his life of prayer Job 1:3,8-10; 42:7-9,10-14.
He was a cupbearer in the palace, who was turned into a governor; his secret was his life of kingdom advancement prayer Neh. 1:1-9; 2:1-10; 5:14.
He was a captive boy, who turned to the Prime Minister of Babylon, but has the habit of prayer three times a day Dan. 2:16-19; 6:1-4,20-28.
He was a shepherd boy, who was turned to the king of Israel, but had the lifestyle of praying three times daily Psa. 55:17; 118:46; 1Sam. 1:13-14.
In conclusion, all the records in the bible were intentional, and the purpose is to show us what our God can do with the life of any ordinary man, and those ‘ordinary’ men did to experience the strange hand of God Rms. 15:4; 1Cor. 10:11. God has not changed, whatever He did before for anyone, He can do again now Mal. 3:6. All that we need is to accept same responsibility as the men of old did.
To anyone reading this that will love to give his/her life to Christ, pray this prayer loudly with me from your heart: “Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you today. Forgive me my sins; wash me with your blood. I believe you died for me and on the third day you rose again that I may be justified. Right now, I believe that my sins are forgiven; I’m justified by your blood; I’m born-again; I’m saved; I’m a child of God; I’m free from the power of sin to serve the living God. Thank you Jesus for receiving me, for restoring me, and for saving me.”