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Praying in the Spirit 3/20/09

The promise of persistence

KJV Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Praying with the mind of the Spirit

KJV Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

"In any given day, we have to challenge our thinking in terms of how little (or how much) we actively contemplate God for who God is, and not for an answered prayer, a need, or an ongoing concern. After all, as A.W. Tozer said, the most important thing about us is our view of God".

Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him? Prayer is not simply getting things from God that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray. - Oswald Chambers

Recently I received an email from a brother in Christ who shared with me this quote from an unknown source, "You don't know the power of prayer until you are the subject of prayer."

All of us who have been on the receiving end of other's prayers for us understand the sense of that statement, for it affirms the nature and the power of prayer that connects all the members of the body of Christ, which is joined together by the heart of the body, Jesus Christ. Even though it is helpful to know that people are praying for us, the power in prayer is due to the reality that the body is praying for other members of the body. For it is the action that is done by others in prayer that God honors and not simply the knowledge that one is being prayed for.

Let us continue to pray.

KJV Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Always in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 20 Mar 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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