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Abba, Father, yours is the Kingdom
and the power and the glory forever.
All those who call themselves Christian, and a lot who don't, are familiar with what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer". So when somone mentions prayer it tends to come to mind first.
For these reasons Kingdom Praying begins with considering what it really is as stated by Jesus in Matthew 6'1-13 where the "prayer" is found.
So as to bring it into the context of the Lord's New Covenant Kingdom for Believers reading it today, there are two understandings to keep in mind:
Firstly, true Believers are new creations who have received Christ. They have been born again - of the Holy Spirit.
This was not the case for those first listeners of the Lord's words of Matthew 6'1-13. Therefore, present-day Believers should read this "prayer" through the lens of the His New Covenant.
Secondly, because Believers are in Christ God's divine power, the Holy Spirit, "has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him ... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises," 2 Peter 1'3-4.
In regard to these understandings like these, there are many others that can be found in the "Kingdom" scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.
These are Christ's New Covenant Kingdom scriptures. They have the effect of either superseding, fulfilling, renewing, enhancing or confirming all earlier Bible scriptures. They convey "all things that pertain to life and godliness".
Those listeners back then were hearing part of what is now commonly called "The Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7). And here's their response:
"And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes," 7'28-29.
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