This is our weakness (Rom. 8:26-27), and the Spirit with our spirit joins in to intercede for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
If we see that we don’t really know how to pray to touch God’s heart, we will open to Him and seek to abide in Him so that His words would abide in us (John 15:7). We abide in Him by turning to our spirit and abiding in our spirit (where Christ is), and His words will abide in us.
This is the way to have the words to pray – just like Elijah, who was a man of like feeling with us, but he prayed a prayer, he prayed the prayer given to him from within (lit. in James 5:17).
Forget about the generally accepted “common prayers of supplication” for our needs – simply abide in the Lord, seek to be one with Him, and pray yourself into oneness with the Triune God, and you will have the words to pray!
We need to see that real prayers are the Holy Spirit within man expressing God’s desire through man, so that God may fulfill His heart’s desire that was uttered by man cooperating with God in oneness with God.
Lord, we open to You. We just turn to our spirit right now. Lord, we want to be those abiding in You at all time, so that Your word may abide in us, and we may respond back to You in prayer with Your word. Lord Jesus, pray in us. Express Your heart’s desire through our prayer. Cause us to pray real prayers, the prayers that touch Your desire and move Your hand.
Praying Genuine Prayers to Cooperate with God
We pray not because that’s what Christians do or because we need to do it, but we pray because we see God’s move, and we pray ourselves into God to be in oneness with Him.
Don’t say, God knows what He wants to do, and He knows what will happen – why does He need me to pray for it anyways? Yes, God knows that He will bring in His kingdom, but He cannot do it without our prayer in oneness with Him to cooperate with Him!
We need to be one with the Lord so that we may pray for the move of the great wheel of the divine economy – pray that His will would be done, His kingdom come (Matt. 6:9-10)!
If we abide in the Lord, we can ask the Father anything in His name – in the oneness with Christ – and He will do it for us (John 14:12-13).
We will do even greater works than the Lord Jesus did (speaking in the most respectful and reverent way) because Christ now is no longer in the flesh but He is the life-giving Spirit joined to and mingled with our spirit, and we are one spirit with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17).
When we pray by exercising our spirit, in our spirit there’s the Holy Spirit praying. Our spirit is like the outer wheel, and the divine Spirit is the inner wheel – the wheel within the wheel in Ezek. 1.
Because we are joined to the Lord as one spirit, we can pray one with Him and He prays in our prayer!
Learning the Secret of Prayer
What is the secret of prayer? Outwardly, “prayer is prayer”, and “to pray is to pray”, but what is the real meaning and secret of prayer?
If we learn the secret of prayer we will cooperate with God, work together with God, and allow God to express Himself and His desire from within us and through us (which ultimately accomplishes God’s purpose).
We need to see that we don’t really know how to pray, what to pray for, and even the words we should use to pray in such a way that we may touch God’s heart, His desire, and thus move His hand.How can we pray as is fitting? What is the prayer that God needs for Him to move and accomplish what He desires? Most of our prayers are not up to God’s standard, and they are focused on us, our needs, and our situation.
But praise the Lord the Spirit intercedes in us with groanings which cannot be uttered, and as we pray in oneness with the Lord we will pray Real Prayers. Real prayers are the Holy Spirit expressing God’s heart’s desire through us in prayer.
It is us who prays, but it is God who prays in us. In this mingling of God and man, in our abiding in the Lord, He prays in us and we pray His prayers in oneness with Him.
The Spirit with our spirit knows how to pray: we only need to touch our spirit, exercise our spirit, and abide in the Lord! The Spirit in our spirit will then pray, and His prayer in us will express God’s intention, becoming the prayer that God needs to move His hand and accomplish what He desires!
God Praying in Our Prayer
The prayer that God desires from His people is the prayer in the mingling of God and man.
For us to pray real prayers we need to have our whole being mingled with God. Real prayer is not just man praying or just the Spirit interceding, but it is God praying in us and we praying His prayer – He prays within us, and we utter His prayer outwardly fully one with Him.
This is the principle of incarnation – God in man, mingled with man, one with man, praying through man and in man as one entity.
We are now in this process of being mingled with God until we and God cannot be separated but are mingled as one, and we pray in this mingling for God’s move on earth, uttering the Spirit’s prayer through our prayer!
As we abide in the Lord, we have His word abiding in us; then, we utter His prayer and we expect an answer – He will do it for us!
Lord Jesus, save us from praying common prayers, prayers that don’t touch Your heart and don’t move Your hand. We want to pray to labor with the Lord by being one with Him in our spirit. Keep us turning to You all day long, so that we may be mingled with You more and more. Lord, make us those who pray in spirit, in the mingling of the two spirits. Pray in us, Lord, and we will utter Your prayers to God. Make us fully one with You!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired by brother James Lee’s sharing in this message, and portions in, The Tree of Life (ch. 12), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 5 (entitled, Being One with the Triune God in the Move of the Great Wheel of His Economy).
- Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
- Further reading: Lessons on Prayer, chapter 2 (by Witness Lee).
- Hymns on this topic:
# Pray to labor with the Lord, / Pray to pave the way for Him. / Pray to move Him and be moved / From the center to the rim.
# He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. / Our life is a life that’s in organic union.
# Pray with one accord in spirit, / Not according to our thought, / But alone by the anointing, / As the Lord has ever sought.
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).