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"we will reign on the earth"
Jesus Christ is the "KING OF KINGS". Did you know that believers in Jesus Christ will sit with Christ on His throne, receive the kingdoms of the world, judge the world, judge angels, and then reign forever with Him? The scriptures in the acrostic KINGS reveal these truths. Though the children of God are aliens and strangers in this world now, they will rule as KINGS in the eternal state.
Five life changing prayer acrostics will be revealed in this subchapter, one of which is KINGS. As you pray these and the other scriptural prayer acrostics revealed in this book, you will walk by the Spirit.
As I said, five prayer acrostics are revealed in this subchapter. Four prayer acrostics are presented in other subchapters of this online book. They are PASS, HOW SO, PRAY and WWW J CHRIST L P. The all-important evangelical and disciple making prayer acrostics, PASS and HOW SO, will be presented in subchapters 4.09 and 4.10 respectively. The indispensable acronym PRAY reminds us of what to do when we read scripture. PRAY is the acronym for the acrostic Praise, Read, Ask, Yield.
An acronym is an abbreviation formed from letters in the acrostic to make the acrostic easy to remember, so it has great spiritual and practical value.
The acrostic PRAY was presented in subchapter 1.2.
The acronym WWW J CHRIST L P is an abbreviation for twenty eight of the workings of the Holy Spirit. It is presented in subchapter 3.6. These four prayer acrostics are not presented in this subchapter since they each have their own subchapter.
So, five prayer acrostics are presented in this subchapter (4.8). The first four are KINGS, FOLLOW CHRIST, THE WAY and POWER. When you say all four of them together it makes a sentence that is also easy to remember. Kings follow Christ, the way and power. KINGS is a collection of praises. Each praise comes from a specific scripture. Each letter in the acronyms FOLLOW CHRIST, THE WAY and POWER represent particular prayers that are endorsed by scripture (Endorsed Prayers). These three acronyms provide an easy way to remember most of the Endorsed Prayers. The Endorsed prayers were revealed in the first six subchapters of chapter 4. They include prayers which scripture has instructed us to pray. All of the prayer acrostics provide a detailed snapshot of what Fellowship with God sounds like. They answer a very important question. That question is... When we talk to God, what do we talk about?
The fifth prayer acrostic presented in this subchapter is the Weekday Prayer Acrostic. The acronym for it is M.Tu.W.Th.F.Sa.Su. This acrostic provides a different group of people for intercessory prayer on each day of the week. This acrostic is different from all of the other prayer acrostics. It focuses on who to pray for. Seven of the acrostics focus on what to pray. Then, the acronym PRAY tells us how to interact with scripture. If you want to walk by the Spirit, these nine acrostics will immerse you in Him.
Nine Prayer Acronyms: How to Use Them
The prayer acronyms help us to remember the broad spectrum of scriptural prayer. When we pray the acrostics represented by these acronyms, we are talking to God about a wide variety of topics that He wants to talk about, not just one or two topics that we want to talk about. When we pray them, we are praying God's will.
These memory tools are especially helpful to those of you who may be imprisoned or put to death if you are caught with Christian writings. Prayerfully memorize them. Then these nine acrostics will be in your heart. And while imprisoned, though denied access to God's words, you will have an easy reminder of God's prayer weapons to wage spiritual warfare while you are in prison.
You may focus on a different acrostic each day. Pray the acrostic KINGS on Monday, FOLLOW CHRIST on Tuesday, THE WAY on Wednesday, POWER on Thursday, HOW SO on Friday and PASS on Saturday.
These six acrostics tell you what to pray on six days of the week.
Then on Sunday, you may pray the acrostic represented by the acronym WWW J CHRIST L P. Use the Weekday Prayer Acrostic every day. It reminds you of who to pray for. Also use the acronym PRAY every day to intimately interact with God in your daily meditations on scripture.
Ask God draw you into the discipline of praying these scriptural prayer acrostics. Six teach you what to pray. One teaches you who to pray for. The acronym PRAY reminds you of how to interact with scripture. WWW J CHRIST L P keeps you aware of the invisible activities of the Holy Spirit through your day. All of them are key to walking by the Spirit.
To see all nine acrostics in condensed form, click here. But you will not see the underlying scriptures and explanations in that page. For that, you must prayerfully consider subchapters 1.2, 3.6, 4.8, 4.9 and 4.10.
Acrostic 1: FOLLOW CHRIST
This acrostic comes from the Endorsed Prayers. In John 10:27, Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." We can follow Christ today. In the spiritual realm we can follow His every move: "These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. " Revelation 14:4
The acrostic "Follow Christ" will help you remember twelve prayers of scripture so that He becomes your daily bread. When others encounter despair, death, even suicide, you will know how to pray with them. The Holy Spirit will remind you of His words at that opportune time.
Each of the twelve letters in the acrostic F.O.L.L.O.W. C.H.R.I.S.T. represents the main idea behind each of the twelve prayers.
Prayers in the acrostic F.O.L.L.O.W. C.H.R.I.S.T.
F: Increase our Faith!
O: Open a door for the word!
L: Lead me to the Rock!
L: Increase our Love!
O: Make us One!
W: Give me Words to present the Gospel!
C: Forgive me!
H: Send workers into the Harvest!
R: Reveal yourself!
I: Draw me into your Intimate presence!
S: You have a Sovereign plan for today!
T: Thank you!
The subchapter which describes each prayer is as follows:
Acrostic 2: THE WAY
In the very beginning of Christianity, Christians were not called Christians. They were referred to as followers of "The Way". In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." The apostle Paul called Christians "The Way" (Acts 9:2). Jews, who had not trusted Christ, referred to Christians as "The Way", (Acts 19:9, 19:23). Felix the Governor knew them as "The Way". Even when Paul was arrested in Jerusalem, after the completion of his three missionary journeys, he still referred to himself as being part of "The Way" (Acts 24:14). Five of the six prayers in this acrostic come from the chapters on the Endorsed Prayers. It is called "The Way".
Each of the six letters in the acrostic T.H.E. W.A.Y. represents the main idea behind each of the six prayers.
A: All Men
Prayers in the Acrostic T.H.E. W.A.Y.
T: Lead me not into Temptation!
H: Hallelujah (Praise Yahweh!)
E: I entrust Everything to you!
W: Give me Wisdom!
A: Draw All men to yourself!
Y: Yahweh is my shepherd! (Psalm 23)
You may have noticed that the prayer for H, hallelujah, is "Praise Yahweh". That's because hallelujah means praise Yah. Yah is short for Yahweh. So, hallelujah means praise Yahweh.
The last prayer in THE WAY requires an explanation as well. The prayer for Y is "Yahweh is my shepherd!" Your English Bible may have rendered this passage as "The LORD is my shepherd" instead of "Yahweh is my shepherd." If your version reads LORD instead of Yahweh, the translators have chosen to replace God's personal name with the title LORD. This is probably explained in your Bible's introduction, preface or principles of translation. To learn more about this practice, see subchapter A4, titled "Yahweh", in the appendix to this book. In that subchapter you will learn of translations which honor God by rendering His personal name as He commanded... as Yahweh.
The subchapter which describes each prayer is as follows:
Y Psalm 23
Acrostic 3: POWER
Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Some of these prayers are hard to pray. We need POWER from the Holy Spirit to pray them. If you can't pray them, ask the Lord to reveal His will in you. Ask Him to multiply your faith and love. This acrostic also comes from the Endorsed Prayers. It is called "Power".
Each of the five letters in the acrostic P.O.W.E.R. represents the main idea behind each of the five prayers.
Prayers in the Acrostic P.O.W.E.R.
P I Praise you, even in Pain!
O Do Obedience in us!
W Reveal your Will!
E Bless my Enemy!
R Lord, I humbly ask you Rebuke those who sin!
The subchapter which describes each prayer is as follows:
Acrostic 4: KINGS
One day I asked God to give me words of praise. As I silently waited in His presence, scriptures of praise came to my mind. I asked Him for an acronym to make it easy to remember and then saw KINGS in the scriptures. We will be kings under authority of Christ. Revelation 22:3-5 says, "his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no night, and they need no lamp light or sun light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever."
The scriptures which are the foundation of the praises are presented after the prayers. This acrostic does not come from the Endorsed Prayers. In other words, they are not necessarily prayers that scripture admonishes us to pray by instruction or example. But they are prayers based on scriptures that elicit praise. It is a powerful acrostic called KINGS.
Each letter in the acrostic K.I.N.G.S. represents the main idea behind a group of praises.
I: In Christ
Here are the praises from K.I.N.G.S.
(The number in parenthesis is a footnote. The footnotes appear after each praise to reference the scriptures which are the foundation of that particular praise. You will find all of the scriptures at the end of the prayer.)
K : KING
You are King of Kings! (1)
You establish kings!
You remove kings! (2)
You decide when nations begin! (3)
You decide when nations end! (3)
You decide the boundaries of the nations! (3)
I : IN CHRIST
In Christ, we have every spiritual blessing! (4)
We were slaves of sin! (5)
We are redeemed and forgiven, (4)
holy and blameless before you, (4)
with your Holy Spirit within us. (4)
We are predestined to adoption as sons, (4)
to inherit a kingdom. (4)
Your name is above every name! (6)
I am called by your name! (7)
Your name will be on me! I belong to you! (8)
You will give me a new, secret name! (9)
The Father gave us to the Son! (10)
The Son gave us the words of the Father!! (11)
The Son gave us eternal life! (10)
Father and Son have given us their glory! (12)
BY YOUR DECREE, THE SAINTS WILL
Receive the kingdoms of the world; (13)
Inherit the kingdom; (14)
Judge the world; (15)
Judge angels; (16)
Sit with you on your throne; (17)
Reign forever, with you! (18)
The scriptures underlying each prayer in the acrostic KINGS are provided below:
1) You are King of Kings!
"He (Jesus) has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:16).
2) You establish kings! You remove kings!
"The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men" (Daniel 4:17).
"Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God" (Romans 13:1).
"He changes the times and the seasons. He removes kings and sets up kings" (Daniel 2:21). In the context, "He" is God.
3) You decide when nations begin! You decide when nations end! You decide the boundaries of the nations!
"He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:26-27). (God shakes man's foundations, by changing the boundaries of nations, to cause men to seek God.)
"Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn't done it?" (Amos 3:6).
4) In Christ, we have every spiritual blessing! We are redeemed and forgiven, holy and blameless before you, with your Holy Spirit within us. We are predestined to adoption as sons, to inherit a kingdom.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love, 5 having predestined us for adoption as children... 7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses... 11 We were also assigned an inheritance in him, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him... 13you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:3-14).
5) We were slaves of sin!
"whereas you were bondservants of sin" (Romans 6:17).
Bondservants in the above passage is from the Greek word doulos, which means slave.
6) Your name is above every name!
"Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth" (Philippians 2:9-10).
7) I am called by your name!
"that the rest of men may seek after the Lord; all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who does all these things" (Acts 15:17).
8) Your name will be on me! I belong to you!
"There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no night, and they need no lamp light or sun light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:3-5). (This verse describes the eternal state after the millennial kingdom and the Great White Throne Judgement.)
9) You will give me a new, secret name!
"To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it" (Revelation 2:17).
According to 1 John 5:5, the one who overcomes is "he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God".
More on the word "overcomes":
Revelation 12:9-11 states. "9 The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ has come; for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 They overcame him because of the Lamb's blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn't love their life, even to death" (Revelation 12:9-11).
Verse eleven says that "they overcame". Who is meant by "they"? The preceding verse tells us that "they" is "our brothers"... in other words, Christians. It does not say elite brothers. It says brothers. Satan accuses all the brethren. All the brethren overcome Satan. Verse eleven says that they overcame Satan because of the Lamb's blood and because of the word of their testimony.
More on the blood and testimony:
Confession is the result of true belief as Romans tells us: "9 if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." (Romans 10:9-11). "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed" shows that there is one condition for salvation, belief. Verse ten reveals that a supposed "belief" that will not confess, is not salvific belief. It may be "faith without root" (explained in subchapter 2.6). But a supposed faith that will not confess would be "faith without works"... a dead faith that will not save (James 2:14-26, especially verses 14 and 26).
That faith and faith alone is the sole condition for eternal life is amply shone, from the scriptures, in the appendix (A1), titled "How to Become a Christian".
10) The Father gave us to the Son! The Son gave us eternal life!
"I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me" (John 17:6).
"even as you gave him authority over all flesh, so he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ" (John 17:2-3). ("Him" is Jesus.)
11) The Son gave us the words of the Father!!
"for the words which you have given me (Jesus) I have given to them" (John 17:8).
12) Father and Son have given us their glory!
"The glory which you have given me (Jesus), I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one" (John 17:22).
13) Receive the kingdoms of the world;
"The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky, will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey him" (Daniel 7:27).
"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).
14) Inherit the kingdom;
"Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).
15) Judge the world;
"Don't you know that the saints will judge the world?" (1 Corinthians 6:2).
16) Judge angels;
"Don't you know that we will judge angels?" (1 Corinthians 6:3).
17) Sit with you on your throne;
"He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne" (Revelation 3:21 (According to 1 John 5:5, the one who overcomes is "he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God".) See also Revelation 3:21; 2:26-27; 20:4-6; 5:9-10.
18) Reign forever, with you!
"There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants (doulos) will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no night, and they need no lamp light or sun light; for the Lord God will illuminate them. They will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:3-5). (This verse describes the eternal state after the millennial kingdom and the great white throne judgement.)
Doulos: Servants in the above passage is from the Greek word doulos, which means slave.
So, it is Christ's slaves who will "reign forever and ever."
The term slaves of Christ does not refer to elite Christians. Slaves of Christ refers to all Christians. In fact, the book of Revelation was addressed to the slaves of Christ. Revelation 1:1 reads "This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon." The word which was translated as "servants" is again, doulos, meaning slave.
So, the book of Revelation was written to Christ's slaves.
Everyone to whom the book of Revelation was written will reign forever.
The first three chapters make it abundantly clear that the recipients of this book was not elite Christians. For example, Jesus would not have said this to elite Christians: "because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth... you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:16, 17).
All who believe will reign:
In Romans chapter 4, especially verses 3 and 22-24, we see that righteousness is given to us by faith. Then Romans 5:17 tells us that all who receive this gift of righteousness will "reign in life". Here it is. "For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17). So, all believers will "reign in life". And how long is this life which we have to reign in ? It is eternal. The apostle John wrote "This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ" (John 17:3). So, eternal life happens when we come to know God (conversion).
For some perspective on this identity of the believer as a slave (doulos), please consider the following:
We were slaves to sin (Romans 6:6-20), bought with His blood (Revelation 5:9), freed from sin and became slaves of God (Romans 6:22), became slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18), are Christ's slave (1 Corinthians 7:22), His name on our foreheads (Revelation 22:4), to be slaves of Christ. See doulos (slave) in each of the following passages: 1 Peter 2:16, Ephesians 6:6 and Revelation 1:1. We will be adopted as sons (Ephesians 1:5) to inherit kingdoms (Daniel 7:27) & reign forever (Revelation 22:5), with Christ, on His throne (Revelation 3:21). A Saint is a slave-son-king, administering the authority of the King of Kings, for the glory of the King of Kings. See Philippians 2:5-8 below:
" Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant (doulos), being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:5-8).
Though the children of God are aliens and strangers in this world now, we will rule as KINGS in the next (1 Peter 2:11, Hebrews 8:11-16, especially verses 9 and 13).
Acrostic 5: Weekday Prayer Acrostic
This acrostic can bring balance and proportion to our intercessory prayers. Each day of the week we will pray for a different group of people.
Su Church Leaders and Missionaries
M Malicious enemies and persecutors
W Work Relationships (Present and Past)
Th Thrones (Government, Rulers)
F Family & Close Friends
Sa Saints (Believers)
So, by the end of the each week, you will have prayed for your church leaders, enemies, unbelievers, co-workers, clients, customers, business allies and business enemies, government leaders, family, friends and believers (saints). The word saint is typically used to refer to elite Christians. But I am using the scriptural meaning of the word, a believer in Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2 reads "to the assembly of God which is at Corinth—those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints." The Greek word, hagios, is translated as "saints" in both Catholic and Protestant Bibles.