The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Part 2 - The Communication of God
"The prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8).
Three main components offer themselves for our consideration in Solomon's declaration of God's delight in our prayers: "the prayer" - "the upright" - "His delight." Let us first consider "the prayer."
What is prayer? Communication provides the simplest answer, which reveals that prayer existed before we did in the everlasting communion within the triune godhead.
"Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24).
We do no injury to Scriptural truth and authority by proposing that prayer exists as the communication of God first, and then our communication with Him. Our Lord is a relational being, existing as one God, but with three distinct Persons comprising His eternal Being (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Corinthians 8:6; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4). The Bible reveals all three, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in terms of profound communication. Such fellowship begins and eternally proceeds in God Himself. Thus, when considering the heart and essence of prayer, we ponder the matter first in terms of its Divine source and relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In such glorious light, we then marvel that God gives to us such a gift of communion with Himself through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (II Corinthians 13:14).
No experience of God and response to Him more requires His active and involved presence within us than the calling to pray. We must be motivated, led and enabled by His Spirit and His Word in order to pray in truth and reality. "Without Me, ye can do nothing" declared the Lord Jesus (John 15:5). Our high calling and privileged responsibility of prayer requires that we remove our shoes from the holy ground whereupon we journey to the throne of grace. Only our Lord can take us there, which He can and does as we trust Him to lead us in prayer. We play an active role in the matter, but we do so in the dependent trust whereby we "live through Him" (I John 4:9).
"God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, whereby we cry Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).
"The prayer of the upright is His delight" because our Heavenly Father loves us, and because our communion with Him involves a gift He gives for His glory and our benefit. His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus, is revealed in us as we pray. In Christ, God gives Himself as His greatest bestowal of gracious generosity. Nothing more reveals His involved presence than our response to Him in prayer. Moreover, nothing more prepares us to live in accordance with His pleasure, glory, and will than the communication with God that begins and forever continues by the communication of God.
"Through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father."
Weekly Memory Verse
The prayer of the upright is His delight.