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    God Working Through Prayer by Douglas Kelly

    Excerpt from If God Already Knows Why Pray? by Douglas Kelly

    Page 52

    Two Complementary Truths But notice something very remarkable: Jesus is telling us that our prayers are part of the outworking of those purposes! We are given a mandate to become involved in His divine plan through our human praying. He invites us to approach Him with earthly needs, just like Jabez or those who prayed against the Spanish Armada. Our prayer can be effective in seeing that the divine “will is done.” If this were not so, God would simply tell us that His kingdom will come, that we are not to worry. All that we would have to do would be simply to obey His revealed will and not pray for it! But in some extraordinary way, the unchanging, sovereign God, with an eternally defined purpose for His creatures, invites our input into the making of history.
    As we think about praying for the plan of God to come to pass in our lives and in the whole world, we can keep the right perspective if we hold together in our minds these two tremendous, Biblical truths. The first is that God has an all encompassing plan and is utterly sovereign over all. The other is that human prayer really is effective in the supernatural realm. Whenever these truths are held together, a certain chemistry takes place. Something wonderful happens in those who believe them, hold them together, and practice them. It has remarkable effects both in their prayer life and in their public place.

    Page 53

    The sovereign God on His throne, who has planned all things from the beginning to the end, has arranged His plan in such a way that the prayers of the saints are one of the major means He uses to accomplish His final goal. Instead of the sovereignty of God clashing with the prayers of the believer, the two actually presuppose one another and fulfill and undergird one another.

    Pages 63-64

    When God wants to begin working out one of His decrees, He apparently burdens one of is saints to pray just as He did with the Korean pastors. Sometimes, as the case may be before a real spiritual revival, He lays the burden on many at the same time. Thus when believers begin praying, the predestined blessing can be released. Conversely, when we do not pray, we will not have these blessings. So, the epistle of James says, “You do not have because you do not ask” (Jas. 4:2).

    This initiative of God in the prayers of His people, operating as the forerunner of His predestinated blessings on the world, works like this. The risen Christ is interceding for us in heaven (see Heb. 7:24-28). The Spirit is there with Him, because the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are always together. And the same Spirit “also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

    The Spirit leaves the throne where Jesus is praying and comes down into the believer’s heart where He begins to re-echo the intercessions of Jesus. It is as though the Holy Spirit places a mirror inside our hearts and turns it in such a direction that it reflects back to heaven the deepest desires of the interceding Christ.


    B.M. Palmer eloquently describes this prayer relationship between the Christian and his Savior and the Holy Spirit.

    It is the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous man (that) prevails. But what renders prayer “effectual”? Not its length, nor its vehemence, nor its eloquence, nor its passion, but simply the living sympathy which is established between the soul pleading in the closet, and the Saviour interceding in the heavens.

    This is secured through the intervention of the Divine Spirit. He takes the desires which are in the heart of Jesus Christ, and works them into our hearts so that they become our desires. He takes the plea which is upon the lips of the great Advocate above, and seals it upon our lips as our prayer in Christ’s blessed name. It is this sweet, but secret, correspondence between our Head and ourselves that makes true prayer at all. Aside from this, all is mere posture and the mutter of incantations.

    When the Holy Spirit thus pleads in the lower court of the believer’s soul, what is it but the echo of the pleading in the higher court above? The voice on earth mingles with the voice in heaven, in the joint pleading for the gift of eternal life. How else shall we interpret the classical passage in Romans 8:26….Have we then two intercessors? Yes, verily; but not divergent and clashing. They are the two comforters – the one and the other – both converging their distinct offices to one result. The one intercedes for us, the other intercedes within us.

    His work…(consists in) bringing the intercession of our Lord above, into the desires and petitions of the Christian below; whereby they become the intercessions of the Spirit, who thus blends his advocacy with that of Christ himself.

    Excerpt from If God Already Knows Why Pray? by Douglas Kelly

    Posted by John on January 27, 2009 05:18 PM

    Comments

    That was powerful and clear, full of the Spirit of Grace!

    In Psalm 89 we read these words:

    Psa 89:15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
    Psa 89:16 who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.
    Psa 89:17 For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

    What did Jesus teach us to "do"?

    He taught us to "hallow" His Father's names, Our God.

    Why? Might it be so that we would learn to "walk" in His names all the day?

    Luke records Zacariah's prophecy once he was filled with the Holy Ghost. The end part is this:

    Luk 1:74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
    Luk 1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

    Jesus equally taught that God reveals the Son by the power of the Holy Ghost to the Elect and that Jesus reveals God's names to the Elect by the same Spirit of Grace:

    "....Psa 22:22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:...."

    I have discovered over time that when I do this daily, pray the Lord's Prayer in the Spirit of Grace, hallowing the Names of God, I am more filled up with the Presence of God and have more of a certainty He is hearing me when I go on to the rest of that particular prayer, "Our Father, Who art in Heaven...." and it causes me to understand more fully what is being taught here:::>

    Psa 89:16 who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

    I believe Paul understood this because he writes thus at Romans 15::::>

    Rom 15:8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
    Rom 15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name."
    Rom 15:10 And again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people."
    Rom 15:11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him."
    Rom 15:12 And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope."
    Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    Yes, prayer, praise, worship, stillness, ponderings, these are the "daily" activities that bring about the Presence of the Lord in our hearts and fills our minds with the thoughts of Christ!

    Great quotations on prayer!!!

    Thanks for sharing them hereon!

    Psa 46:4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
    Psa 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
    .
    Psa 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

    Here is a short list of the Names of God I find myself daily hallowing::::>

    I am Who I am
    I am the Creator
    I am the Most High God, the Owner
    I am the Master
    I am Everlasting from Everlasting to Everlasting
    I am the Provider
    I am the Healer
    I am the Banner of Love
    I am Sanctification
    I am Peace
    I am the Judge
    I am the Lord of Hosts
    I am Righteousness
    I am the Shepherd
    I am the Blesser
    I am the Maker
    I am Mighty
    I am Lord
    I am Everpresent

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