“What is in prayer anyway? What is it about closing the eyes to mouth some words and expect that some all-powerful being somewhere is hearing you?”
Okay, that’s a doubter speaking.
Now the believer: “praying is an essential part of my lifestyle and fellowship with God who is unseen because he is Spirit. My prayer is not in vain because through it I am in league with the number one creative genius, the author of creativity, the Lord of both the living and the dead (Romans 14:9). In prayer, as I use the name of Jesus who is Lord in both seen and unseen worlds (Colossians 1:16), that is my key to access the power and provisions of God for me. Through prayer my relevance is not limited merely to the physical world; I get wings to make my voice heard in the reality beyond the confines of the sky.”
In prayer, we verbally express our will to be in alignment with God’s nature, word and character, and that moves God. The door is meant to be opened but not just by anything, it must be by a key with “agreeing edges.”
Prayer moves God because it is partnership with God. It is not an act of forcing God to do what is against his nature. But as we ask on the earth for what he wants (His Will) to carry out, as covered in His word, the scriptures, we actually empower that Will to be manifested, in the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14, 15:16). From the words of Jesus on prayer, we should ask that God’s will be done (Matthew 6:10). This is important because of the arrangement at creation where God gave man dominion over the earth (which was God ruling through man, under His influence). Through his sin, Adam signed the rights of rule over the earth away to the Satan, and it is in prayer using the name of the last Adam (1Corinthians 15:25) (Jesus) that we give permission to God to have his way on the earth. And that moves God.
But someone may say that since David did not use the name of Jesus how was he able to move God in prayer based on the foregoing logic? But he offered peace offerings and burnt offerings which were shadows of the real offering, Jesus the Christ who died as a sacrifice for the sins of men. The shadow pointed to the future work of Jesus and based on that God takes a rain cheque on the needs of the people at that time that he would catch later. The offerings of David pointing to Christ is the cheque “forward dated” that allows God, the God of Justice to act on behalf of man, moved by prayer even when Jesus was yet to die for the sins of humanity, since a Holy God is fundamentally turned off by the sinful nature of man.
Prophecy: Take up your prayer business with more vigour, it removes rigour from living, and makes you a victor. Take it up.
Question: what does it mean to pray using the name of Jesus?
Prayer activity: Lord I receive grace to pray better.
Tomorrow’s topic: “Stagnant” and loving it!
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- George Muller on Faith, Prayer, and God’s Promises (biblebelievernet.com)
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