On Sunday I'm preaching Luke 11v1-13, which includes Jesus telling his disciples to pray for his kingdom to come - the very thing they've been preaching in chapter 10. His teaching goes on to tell them to be very bold in asking of God, and a promise that when they ask of their Heavenly Father he will give the very best gift of all - he will give his Holy Spirit. God gives us himself! Freely writing our names in heaven. Freely revealing Jesus. Freely giving eternal life.
John Piper would say, God is the gospel. God the Father sends God the Son to the cross so we may ask God the Father to give us God the Spirit in the name of God the Son. Three persons in perfect unity bringing their Kingdom into this world for the fame of the Son - the King - Jesus!
Simon Ponsonby puts it this way : “the gift is the giver, the gift of himself is God himself, the gift who gives.” Simon Ponsonby; God Inside out; p.33 (ht: Frog & Amy Orr-Ewing)
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Your glorious cause, O God, engages our hearts
May Jesus Christ be known wherever we are
We ask not for ourselves but for Your renown
The cross has saved us so we pray,
Your kingdom come
Let Your kingdom come, Let Your will be done
So that everyone might know Your Name
Let Your song be heard everywhere on earth
Till Your sovereign work on earth is done
Let Your kingdom come
Give us Your strength, O God, and courage to speak
Perform Your wondrous deeds, through those who are weak
Lord use us as You want, whatever the test
By grace we’ll preach Your gospel
Till our dying breath
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