"The Conditions of Prayer"
The Praying Christ
The same Lord Jesus Christ who prayed during His earthly lifetime now dwells in born again believers to motivate, guide, and empower our life of prayer.
"God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).
"Without Me ye can do nothing" declared the Lord Jesus to His disciples (John 15:5). This includes fellowship with our Heavenly Father. Christ must dwell within us by the Holy Spirit if we are to pray with growing devotion and determination to walk in close communion with our Heavenly Father. No aspect of relationship with God transcends the importance of prayer. Thus, our need for the Lord's presence, involvement, and enabling must lead us to trust Him in our praying no less than any other aspect of the Christian life. Perhaps more, considering how vital prayer is to our accessing the life of Christ as the Life of our lives. "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).
"Lord, teach us to pray" requested the disciples (Luke 11:1). The disciples' plea constituted a good start regarding our need for Christ in the matter of prayer. However, we need more than simply teaching. We must have Him dwelling within our hearts, establishing and maintaining our innermost being as a temple of God wherein the moving of the Spirit and the responding of our spirit fulfills the dictum, "My house shall be called the house of prayer" (Matthew 21:13). We are now God's house through the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16). Thus, we do well to pray about our praying, asking our Heavenly Father to illuminate our understanding and response to the praying Christ who works to make us praying Christians. Only the Holy Spirit, moving within us to reveal the character and nature of the Lord Jesus, can empower the blessedness of a life lived in close communion with the Father and through the Son…
"Jesus answered and said unto Him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words and My Father will love him and we will come unto Him and make our abode with Him."
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Weekly Memory Verse
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if son, then an heir of God through Christ.