22.01.20 PRAYER SERIES, DAY 1, Setting the Stage . .. .
People often worry about whether they are praying in line with God’s will; on the other hand, others simply don’t concern themselves with the importance of doing so. If we want to have confidence about our prayers, there is one sure way to do that.
The role of God’s Word in prayer is no small element. When we pray God’s Word, we know we are praying in line with His will. His Word is truth, power, and life. “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. So it only makes good sense that we would employ His Word/the Scriptures to incorporate His Will/His Heart.
Praying without God’s Word omits the primary ingredient: Jesus/Yeshua is the Living Word; He is the Truth, the Way, the Life, the Light, the Living Water, the Living Bread. Incorporating, integrating, and connecting the dots from His Word to our prayers achieves so much more – 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). In order to worship in Spirit and in Truth, we must necessarily use God’s Word as our foundation, whether it is a song, poem, prayer, or study. “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.
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 crucifixion/resurrection power.
It is through this type of prayer we will hear the Father, and will come to understand how He might employ us for His glory, that according to our own degree of faith and trust, it is to that extent that His power may be released through us, His servants/disciples/ambassadors, willing vessels unto God. That same power, that same strength, can work through us, His people, His chosen ones, if we offer ourselves up, in alignment with His Word/His Will/His Way. What an honour; what a privilege. Prayer should be seen not as a burden, but a privilege, a humble, but honourable undertaking. Let us undertake with enthusiasm and passion, this privileged communion with the Father. As Paul, let us pray that we would be “vessels for honor—sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim.2:21).
“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).
Integration of God’s Word in your prayer life takes practice, as well as the familiarity with God’s Word. Upon making the effort of doing so, the improved sense of confidence in receiving answered prayers, as well as hearing from the Lord will impact one’s prayer life. Greater depth of intimacy in one’s relationship with God the Father/Lord Jesus/Yeshua Messiah/Holy Spirit will be attained through deeper levels of prayer. The awareness and sensitivity to God’s voice will definitely be enhanced, and fine-tuned. Murray summarizes it well: “To offer a prayer – to utter certain wishes and appeal to certain promises – is an easy thing that people can learn with human intelligence. But to pray in the Spirit – to speak words that reach and touch God affecting and influencing the powers of the unseen world – depends entirely on our hearing God’s voice. We must listen to the voice and language that God uses and, through the words of God, receive His thoughts, His mind, and His life into our hearts” (Murray, 1999, p.178).
We can set the stage for praying in accordance with God’s Will, His Ways, His Heart, when we pray His Word.
Christ in The School of Prayer, Andrew Murray, Bridge-Logos, 1999.
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