We humble ourselves before You today and we ask above all else that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! We enter our hearts into agreement with Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, that Your kingdom is not of this world and we, therefore, do not have to fight for it. We readily recognize and admit, by the help of Your Holy Spirit, that Your kingdom and Your righteousness does not come by legislation or litigation, but by the deeply inwrought work of the Cross brought about by You and with our cooperation. We readily admit and recognize, by the help of Your Holy Spirit, that Your kingdom is neither earthly nor political, but that it has been, it currently is, and always will be Christ, and Christ in us, the hope of glory!
We come to You today with hearts full of thanksgiving and praise, and we readily admit and recognize, by the help of Your Holy Spirit, that with Your mighty strength You raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred (or given)], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. (Ephesians 1:19-21). Yes, amen, and hallelujah, Father!
We enter our hearts into agreement with the truth (which is greater than the facts) that You have also raised us together with Christ and have made us to sit down with Christ in heavenly places! (Ephesians 2:6). For this reason we enter our hearts into agreement with the words of Jesus as recorded in John 17: that we are not of this world even as He is not of this world! Now, echoing the words from Colossians 3, since we have been raised with Christ to a new life, we aim at and seek the rich, eternal treasures that are above, where Christ (and us) are seated at Your right hand. Father, we choose to set our minds and keep them on what is above and not of the earth! We enter our hearts into agreement that these new lives of ours are hidden with Christ in You (Colossians 3:1-3). For this reason, then, Lord, we accept what is written in 1 John 2 that; if anyone loves the world love for You is not in us. Oh, Father, forgive us, for we know not what we are doing. For all that is in this world is not from You; the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things), oh, Father! this pride of life, how it is increasing even in those who claim to be Yours. With the help of Your Holy Spirit may our hearts and lives be as the hymn sings: turning our eyes upon Jesus, to look full in His wonderful face, and these things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His glory and grace.
Thank You, Father. So be it.