For we know not what we should pray for as we ought… but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Prayer is a gift of God’s wonderful grace to His children, which is open access to Him. Access to the throne of God is a free gift of grace to all who trust in Jesus Christ. Access to His throne is open to believers who are in fellowship with the Father. We are presented holy, faultless and blameless before His throne – through Christ.
The curtain was torn from top to bottom the moment Christ’s cross-work was done. His death and resurrection is a beautiful image of open access to our God and Father. But remember, if prayers are ineffective – the defect is with us not with God.
Effective, potent prayer requires us to be in right relationship with God. We are to be in fellowship with Christ and have confessed our wrongdoings. We are to be covered by Christ by living our life in submission to His Spirit. We are to pray aright in the spirit and in truth – in submission to God’s Spirit. And Paul instructs us in Ephesians 6 verse 18 that we need to be… Praying – Always – with All-Prayer – and Supplication – in the Spirit
Prayer must have a definite aim, which is in unity with the purpose of God. It must be consciously and intentionally directed towards God’s plans and purposes. Whether we do or do not fully understand His plans, we are to pray into His will. As we pray into His perfect plan so our awareness of His purpose grows.
Prayer must be in every season and in all sessions of lives. Prayer should be engaged in at every opportunity we meet. Praying should in union with the Spirit of God – as we lay aside self issues.
All-Prayer is the devoted pray of all saints, ordained by God to effect His full plan. God has an eternal plan and ”All-prayer” is directed towards its final accomplishment – and All-Prayer is ultimately to be for the glory of God in the ages to come. God has graciously enabled us to participate in His purpose through – “All-Prayer”. God has sought willing vessels thru the ages who would cooperate with His Spirit – vessels thru whom ”All-prayer” is offered – for the fulfilment of His perfect plan.
Supplications are earnest petitions; prayers; pleas; appeals and entreaties. Petitions which identifies itself with the SINS of God’s people - Prayers which also identify with the PLANS outlined in God’s Word – Supplications that reach right into the HEART of God’s will and purpose.
Daniel was an example who pleaded with God in prayer and supplications:- we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies Dan.9: Intense Supplications came from the heart of Daniel as he pleaded for his nation:-HEAR…. FORGIVE…. LISTEN… ACT…….
O Lord, HEAR! O Lord, FORGIVE! O Lord, LISTEN! O Lord ACT! Do not delay for Your Own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” Dan.9:19
No prayer can be answered – unless it is offered in the spirit and in truth. God graciously works His mighty plans to include our pleas and petitions, that we might be participants in bringing His plans and purposes to fruition. He made us participating partners in the plans He formed – before the world began.
In the words of one great saint of God, he explains “in the spirit” like this:- It is through God’s dealings and God’s merciful grace that He combines our chastening and our prayer with His dealings in our human spirit, which is progressively and increasingly becoming more and more in union with the Holy Spirit and which is strengthened by the Holy Spirit, as He, (ie the Holy Spirit), utters through us – that which is according to the will of God – for we know not what we should pray for as we ought… but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans.8:26
“All-prayer”, in a wonderful way to be linked with the eternal plan of the ages. ”All-prayer” is ordained by God – and we are trusted-participants in His plan. All-prayer is taken by the Holy Spirit and translated into the purposes of God – and we are to be those willing vessels through whom All-Prayer is offered.
May we pray in unhindered fellowship with God, May we be properly clad in the Lord Jesus Christ. May we pray aright in spirit and in truth – in the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may be effective in the intercessory battle of the ages – a battle already won that is soon to be concluded – IN Christ.
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