Yesterday I reviewed my bookcases, a project I periodically do to make room for more books. The ‘giveaway’ pile is never big – I love my books and rarely shelve fluff or frivolities (those I borrow from the library!). While going through my favorites like Watchman Nee, Charles Spurgeon, Zac Poonen, A.W. Tozer, David Wilkerson, Elizabeth Elliott, James Montgomery Boice…(Agh, forgive me for boasting of my treasures!) I found some written notes lodged in the shelf.
Entitled “PRAYER” on lined note paper, they were obviously points I made from one of my favorite books. I sought but could not identify the inspirational source. But, the truths are so good, I had to share them. Here are the points as I wrote them….Anyone recognize the author of these truths?
* for those in right relationship w/ God (“belong to Him”)
* prayer is to “accomplish His will”
* is the act of the “believer working together with God” – the union of believer’s thought w/ the will of God.
– not expressing our wish to God to yield to our petition, to fill up our selfish desire -prayer is joining in the will of God and crying out “Thy will be done”. -does not alter the will of God (which is foreordained)
Why God creates man?? (page 6)
- – to be united with Him in defeating Satan and his works. “He exalts His people by asking them to work w/Him”.
- “Prayer means that our will is standing on God’s side. Aside from this, there is no such thing as prayer.” (page 8)
- Today: How strong are our opinions, desires, plans and pursuits? How much of ‘self’ in our prayers?
I John 5:14
*When a believer is in need….should we ask, “will such a lack affect God? Does He want me to be in need?” (Q: Can my need/suffering be an intricate part of God’s plan in my life at this time?)
“True prayer is real work” “A self-denying work”
*To work for God w/out self interest is hard – to pray to Him w/out self interest is harder.”
“Prayer is the rail for God’s work (pg 11) as a train…a locomotive full of power capable of running 1000 miles a day – but w/o rails it cannot move a single inch.” (relationship between prayer & God’s work)
*Our most important work: prepare the way of the Lord. “Whatever prayer is not according to God’s will is utterly void.” We are fellow-workers w/ God – we cannot pray unless we know what His will is (example of Jesus – in continuous communion w/ God in Heaven, unified in will)
Highest motive of prayer: to enjoin our will w/ God’s so that He may work.
Prayer that reflects/communicates our own expectations/our own thinking has a lo value attached to it; However, if we bring the matter to God and let His Spirit merge our will and thought into God’s will, God’s thought, we shall discover within us a deep longing which is, in fact, a reproduction of His will & thought. (His burden will be ‘reproduced’ in us) AS SUCH: Our prayer is able to shake up hell & affect Satan. For this reason, Satan will rise up to hinder such prayer
“All prayers which come from God touch the powers of darkness.”
Perhaps our physical bodies, our families, or whatever pertains to us will be attacked by Satan. Such prayer calls forth Satanic assault (to discontinue our praying). If a burden cannot be released thru prayer, fasting must follow. “The Lord is always apprehending someone or some people to be the expression of His will.” (pg 36)
“Burden” is the secret of prayer, w/o a burden to pray – there can hardly be success. *If you are not touched inwardly, you cannot pray.*
These notes stir and refresh me in this time of uncertainty, may these points refocus my prayer. I would like to review the source but at this time it eludes me!
May the Holy Spirit stir and refresh us all so, while the world churns and shakes, we will stand steadfast in payer and communion with the Lord!