Lesson 11: November 13, 2016

I See a New Jerusalem: Revelation 21:9-27


Teaching Strategy: Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). How can we help God’s kingdom to come in our own time? How can we help God’s will to be done on earth as it is in the heaven John’s vision foresees (Rev. 21)? 

In John’s vision he hears the One who is seated on the throne saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” Perhaps this text could come at no better time than on the heels of a presidential election. Regardless of how we feel about the newly elected president, Christians can agree that the one ruler in heaven and earth is Christ Jesus our Lord. Now that we’ve elected a U.S. president, it is time to set aside division. It is time to pray for the healing of our nation and all the nations of the earth. It is time to pray with one voice, “God’s kingdom come!” There is a simple plan for the healing of our divisions: let all the Christians of the world seek to live God’s will on earth as it is in heaven!

Here are some ideas for prayer and discussion:

  • A sung prayer, “For the Healing of the Nations.” (Text: Susan Briehl/Music: John D. Becker) Listen on YouTube.
  • The World in Prayer website offers a model for weaving the international news into our daily prayers as an active, creative, life-giving response to the needs of our brothers and sisters all over the world.
  • A prayer for our nation’s electoral process. (Click on the links in the prayer for further reflection and study.)

Closing prayer: All glory be to the One God and Ruler of all.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.  Grant us faith, hope, and love so that your people might become vessels of Your will on earth here and now, even as it is in heaven. Amen.


Fall 2016 Theme: The Sovereignty of God

Lesson 11, Unifying Principle: It is difficult for people to imagine living in a place that is different from the one in which they presently live. What will the new place be like? John describes a heavenly vision of the new place that God will create.

 

Posted on: November 8, 2016, by : Tammy Wiens