The Spirit with our spirit is the essence of the Christian life (Rom. 8:16). Day by day we need to be strengthened with power through the Spirit into our inner man [our spirit] so that Christ may make His home in our heart (Eph. 3:16-17a). Prayer is crucial to this experience, because when we pray in our spirit, we are practically joined to the Lord Spirit as one spirit (Eph. 6:18; Jude 20; 1 Cor. 6:17). Such prayer is not merely for our personal enjoyment and satisfaction; we must realize that God needs us to pray in this way for the sake of His move on earth.
In Matthew 6 the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this way: “Our Father…Your name be sanctified; Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.” God has a will that He would like to carry out on earth, but many things, such as Satan, the world, and sin, frustrate God’s will. Even though God is all-powerful and can do whatever He desires, He chooses to work only when His people agree with His will and cooperate with Him through prayer. This is the principle of prayer. In other words, God does not work if we do not pray. In this sense, God’s will is frustrated not only by the negative things but also by our lack of prayer. What a great and awesome responsibility we have!
Although we have a great responsibility to pray, we need to realize that our prayer can never change God’s will; it only accomplishes what God has ordained. Therefore, we do not need to invent or initiate anything in our prayer; rather, we need to enjoy the Lord and be filled with Him so that we may keenly sense His thoughts and feelings in our spirit. Real prayer is Christ in us praying to Christ on the throne. Only this kind of prayer can satisfy God’s desire and carry out His will on earth.
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