PRAYER STUDY SUMMARY & WRAP-UP, 21.11.19

 

STUDY CORNER has been focussing in on prayer and specifically praying God’s Word, for the past week or so.

STUDY CORNER will do a bit of a summary and wrap-up, integrating some material by favourite author, Andrew Murray’s  “Christ in The School of Prayer,” a most excellent source on prayer with which to leave readers/students.

“Before prayer, God’s Word strengthens you by giving your faith its justification and its petition. After prayer, God’s Word prepares you by revealing what the Father wants you to ask. In prayer, God’s Word brings you the answer, for in it the Spirit allows you to hear the Father’s voice” (Murray, p.175). God speaks to us regularly through His Word.

Praying without God’s Word omits the primary ingredient: Jesus/Yeshua is the Word; Jesus/Yeshua is Torah; Jesus/Yeshua is the Truth, the Way, the Life, the Light, the Living Water, the Living Bread. Incorporating, integrating, and connecting the dots (between God’s Word and prayer) achieves true, and fuller, meaning. “The Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”(John 4:23,24). Should we not also pray “in Spirit and in Truth,” then? In order to do so, God’s Word cannot be omitted. 

“It is this connection between His Word and our prayers that is intended when He says, “If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)  . . . . The abiding of His Words is the same as abiding Himself. What a view this opens to us of the place the Words of God in Christ are to have in our spiritual lives, especially in our prayer” (Murray,1999; p.176). The practice of prayer must always include God’s Word. Attendance at prayer meetings should necessarily include one’s Bible. 

“When God reveals Himself in His Words, He does indeed give Himself – His love and His life, His will and His power – to those who receive His words, in a reality that surpasses comprehension. In every promise, God gives us the power to grasp and possess Him. In every command, He allows us to share His will, His holiness, and His perfection. God’s Word gives us God Himself. That Word is nothing less than the eternal Son, Christ Jesus. Therefore, all of Christ’s words are God’s words, full of a divine, quickening,

life and power. “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life”(John 6:63),” (Murray,1999, p.177). 

It is when we pray from the depths of our spirit, and out of the strength and power of God’s Word that, as Paul said, “you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him—in keeping with the working of His mighty strength. This power He exercised in Messiah when He raised Him from the dead” (Eph.1:18-20). Just as Paul was praying for his disciples to grasp this, so we also should pray His Word to attain this resurrection power

If you are not yet in the habit, I encourage you to begin to develop this most spiritually growthful practice of incorporating Scripture into your

prayers. Begin by asking the Lord to show you a passage in line with what He would have you pray.  Ask Him to put HIS DESIRE into your heart.  If you don’t hear anything in particular, select any one of your favourite passages. Read the passages out loud, meditate on them; and ask the Lord to show you new meaning, to bring it alive to you. As you continue such practice, you will experience increased power, depth, confidence, boldness, and strength in your prayer life; you will never want to pray without God’s Word at your fingertips again. You will find it energizing, revitalizing, and will renew your prayer life. 

Scriptures/References:

John 4:23,24

Eph.1:18-20

John 6:63

John 15:7

2 Tim.2:21 

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

Christ in The School of Prayer, Andrew Murray, Bridge-Logos, 1999.

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