The Prayer Ministry of the Church: Asking God to Accomplish what He Wants to Do

The Prayer Ministry of the Church: Asking God to Accomplish what He Wants to DoWe have seen that the significance of prayer is to contact God in our spirit and to inhale Him, and the principle of prayer is that God’s people need to pray for God’s will to be done before God can rise up to do anything.

I am still amazed to see that God, who is Almighty and can do everything, chooses to be limited in His work in humanity to the cooperation of His people, the church.

This really shows that God is great (He doesn’t force man or do things without man’s willing cooperation) and that the church has a great responsibility.

The responsibility of the church and the ministry of the church is to pray! Our ministry today in the church is to pray to release God’s will on the earth. God tells the church what He wants to do, and the church prays back to God His will so that God would come in to do His will!

The prayer ministry of the church is asking God to accomplish what He wants to do (Matt. 18:18-20).

The will of God in the heaven needs to be brought to the earth, and the prayer in the nature of the ministry of prayer of the church is one in which we stand on God’s side, wanting what God wants and praying out God’s will.

We need to see how important it is for us today as the church to rise up and pray so that we would bring in the will in heaven to earth, so that God’s name be sanctified and His will be done on earth (Matt. 6:9-10).

Lord, cause us to see the prayer ministry of the church. May we be those who pray in one accord for Your move, for Your will to be done. Keep all the churches in Your recovery open to You that they may see Your will and pray Your will back to You that You may gain the ground, the cooperation, the tracks to move and do what You want to do!

Praying in One Accord

The prayer in the Body is the prayer in harmony, the prayer of the saints in one accord (Acts 1:14). The way for us to bind what God intends to bind and to loose what God intends to loose is to ask in harmony.

When we stand in the Body and ask in harmony concerning God’s will, God will carry out His will! He even asks His people in Isaiah, Command Me! Concerning the work of His hands, we need to command God by praying in one accord so that God’s will may be done!

God is waiting for our inquiry, our asking, and we can determine the extent to which God can work and operate! God is “subjecting Himself to our command” – what more does He need to say to get us on our knees to pray in one accord?

This is a holy privilege the church has, and we need to exercise it before God so that His will may be done!

The highest point of our working together with God is to ask in one accord for God to accomplish what He intends to accomplish. (The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, vol. 8, p. 9)

The Prayer Ministry of the Church

Brother Watchman Nee in the book, The Prayer Ministry of the Church, helps us to see that this is what God desires the church to do today – the church needs to pray!

The ministry of the church, the work of the church today, is not primarily to preach the gospel and do many other things, but to pray. God can do so much more when we pray than when we do our best to work for God yet without much prayer.

The prayer ministry of the church is God telling the church what He wants to do, and then the church praying on earth what God wants to do.

When we as the church see God’s will, God’s need, God’s desire, we drop everything we think we need and desire and join ourselves to God to pray what’s on His heart. This is our responsibility as the church today, to declare on the earth that we want what God wants.

The reason God cannot fulfill His will on the earth is because the church fails in this matter of prayer. The greatest use of the church in God’s hand and for God’s interest is its standing for God’s will to be done on earth.

Like a mighty tide of water God wants to flow out and reach to the uttermost parts of the earth to fill all men, but the church controls the faucet through it’s prayer.

The more we pray, the more we release God’s flow on earth. The earth controls heaven. The church controls heaven through prayer.

May we see this and rise up to pray big prayers, serious prayers, and even strong prayers, the prayers that manifest our God and open the way for Him to move (John 14:23; 15:16; 16:23-24; Acts 4:24-31)!

Standing on God’s Side for His Will to be Done

Matt. 6:9-10, You then pray in this way, Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, as in heaven so also on earth!

As this age comes to a close, the hearts of men are getting farther away from God, and our beloved Lord Jesus is rather evil spoken of and used in swear words than appreciated among men.

God needs some who stand on the earth for Him, some who are His crazy lovers and fervent intercessors to pray for His will to be done and for God’s name to be sanctified.

In a sense it seems that God is not only hidden, but He doesn’t do much that people can outwardly see…. – but we, the church, can cooperate with God by much prayer and serious prayer so that His will may be done on earth as in heaven.

The highest and the greatest work of the church is to be an outlet for God’s will – we echo God’s will in prayer so that He may do what He desires on the earth.

Our prayers are not big enough. We still pray for our petty needs. We start our prayer not with “Your name be sanctified” but with “Give us today our daily bread”. The church as a whole has forsaken its duty and responsibility.

We need to rise up and pray prayers that pioneer the way for God. We need to get some companions to pray together in groups for God’s will to be done, for the church to be built up, and for the gospel of the kingdom to be preached.

We need to be in the prayer meetings of the church to pray as the church in one accord for God’s will to be done. In the prayer meetings of the church we carry out the prayer ministry of the church (Acts 1:14; 4:23-31; 13:1-4; 16:25).

May millions of believers and tens of thousands of churches everywhere on earth rise up to give God their cooperation through prayer!

Lord, save us from being stupefied and drunk with the trends in this age and with the dissoluteness in the world. Cause us to be sober and serious with You. Lord, stir up all Your saints everywhere on earth to rise up to pray. May many pray individually and regularly. May many pray in little groups of twos and threes. May the prayer meetings of the church be filled with saints who pray in harmony for Your will to be done. Lord, recover the prayer ministry of the church that You may gain the highest cooperation from us!

References and Further Reading
  • Sharing inspired from brother Minoru Chen’s sharing in this message and portions in, The Practical and Organic Building Up of the Church (Witness Lee, ch. 9), Lessons for New Believers (Watchman Nee, lesson 7), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 1 (entitled, The Significance of Prayer, the Principle of Prayer, and the Prayer Ministry of the Church).
  • Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
  • Further reading: The Prayer Ministry of the Church (by Watchman Nee, pages 13-17, read online).
  • Hymns on this topic:
    # Make my spirit strong I pray / Others’ spirits to revive; / Lift my spirit high and free, / Others’ spirits then may thrive.
    # Pray with one accord in spirit / Seeking God in unity; / In the Spirit of the Body / Ever pray in harmony.
    # 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.
  • Pictures credit: Prayer Ministry (here) and Matt. 6:9-10 (via a friend on facebook).

being in harmony with God’s will and standing in the victory of Christ

being in harmony with God's will and standing in the victory of ChristThere are no “pacifists” in the military sense in God’s economy – with Satan you cannot make peace or shake hands. Satan is incorrigible, incurable, and he will never change.

Spiritual warfare is necessary, and spiritual warfare is a reality because Satan’s will is SET against God’s will! God has a will (see Eph. 1), but another being rose up and said, I WILL (Ezek. 14)!

God will never lower Himself to deal with a rebellious creature directly – He uses another creature, man, to deal with Satan.

We have been created in the image of God and with His likeness to express God and represent Him – we have the priviledge to express God and defeat His enemy, to recover the whole earth back to God!

Our Will Being in Harmony with God’s Will

Since the source of the war in the universe is the clash of the two wills, the divine will and the satanic will, we as human beings need to take sides.

Our will needs to be recovered and subdued that it may be in harmony with God. As our will is attuned to God’s will and even is God’s will, we can stand with God for the execution of His will and for the defeating of the satanic will.

What a privilege, to execute God’s will on earth by being one with His will! We shouldn’t look at ourselves, we shouldn’t believe or be hindered by our stubborness – the Lord Jesus is able to save us to the uttermost, to the full extent!

His salvation is reaching the level of our will to subdue, conquer, and defeat your will, so that your will would be in harmony with His will to defeat the satanic will!

Once this happens, once the Lord’s salvation is spreading to our will to bring it in harmony with His will, we know God’s will and we want God’s will to be done! We then genuinely pray,

Lord, may Your will be done in my life! Whatever You want, Lord, as long as it is what You will, I say AMEN! I am happy for You to accomplish Your will in my life. I am here for You, and I have no other way to live but in Your perfect will!

It All Begins with A Decision

It all begins with a decision to align ourselves with God’s will and allow Him to operate in us to subdue our will and make it one with His will.

We are chosen and predestinated according to the good pleasure of God’s will, but we were damaged and became rebellious and disobedient to God. Now, in His organic salvation, the Lord wants to daily recover us and make us those who are one with Him in our whole being and especially in our will!

Don’t “promise the Lord” that you will do this or that – if you still promise Him things, this really shows you don’t know yourself. Just open to the Lord that He may work in you. Just take a decision,

Lord, I open to You! I choose Your will. Lord, work in me, and give me the experiences that I need that will cause my will to be subdued and brought into harmony with You!

And then, we just stand with the divine will and subdue the satanic will in Christ!

Spiritual Victory is Based on the Victory of Christ

If we realize that there’s a war in the universe and we give ourselves to the Lord to daily live in the divine history within the human history, we will also see that spiritual warfare is based on the victory of Christ (see Heb. 2:14; Col. 2:15; 1 John 3:8).

The starting point of the spiritual warfare is not our merit, our skills, or our ability to fight the enemy. The starting point of spiritual warfare is standing upon the victory of Christ.

Christ has already overcome, He is the Victor, and we stand upon His victory to exercise His victory over His enemy (S.S. 4:8; Rev. 3:21; 5:5-6). Here are some of the ways Christ has overcome – read these, read the verses, say Amen, believe them, and stand on Christ’s victory!

  • Christ as the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). He destroyed Satan’s work when He was on earth and He is still doing this today.
  • In His incarnation and human living Christ defeated Satan during the temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). Christ defeated Satan as a MAN by standing on the word of God! Christ is the Victor!
  • Through His death the Lord Jesus destroyed the devil who has the might of death; He abolished Satan, brought him to naught (Heb. 2:14). Hallelujah, Satan has been abolished and done away with! We stand on this accomplished fact! Christ is Victor!
  • God openly shamed the evil angels, triumphing over them in the cross of Christ (Col. 2:15). Satan thought he nailed Jesus to the cross, but the Lord openly shamed him and his angels through His cross!
  • In the Spirit as His divinity, Christ proclaimed, to the evil spirits in the abyss, His victory over Satan on the cross (1 Pet. 3:18-19). What did Christ proclaim? He proclaimed the victory achieved by God – through Christ’s death on the cross God destroyed Satan and his power of darkness!
  • The resurrected Christ has the keys of death and of Hades (Rev. 1:18). Death is a collector and Hades is a keeper – but now, the keys of death and of Hades are in the hands of our Savior Lord Jesus, who died and was resurrected!
  • In His ascension Christ led a train of vanquished foes; He rescued us from Satan’s captivity and took us to Himself (Eph. 4:8). This shows that Christ conquered and overcame Satan and took his captives as His captives – Satan is defeated, and we are now Christ’s captives!
  • Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and He is the Victor, the Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev. 5:5-6; 1:5)! In God’s universal administration Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, is the Victor and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. As the Lion, He’s the fighter against the enemy; as the Lamb, He’s the Redeemer for us. Hallelujah for our Lion-Lamb!

Today we fight against God’s enemy with our will in harmony with God’s will by standing in Christ’s victory! We are not here fighting offensively but defensively – Christ already fought the battle and He has won the victory, now we simply maintain the Lord’s victory!

Hallelujah, Christ is Victor! We proclaim His victory, stand in His victory, and apply His victory over His enemy! This is what we were created for – to express the Lord we love and to destroy the enemy and recover the earth – and we will do it!

Lord, we praise You! Praise the Lord! We stand one with You, Lord, our will in full harmony with Your will. Your will be done on earth! We stand in Your victory and we apply Your victory to defeat the enemy and put him to open shame! Your will be done in all the major cities in Europe! Your kingdom come! Spread the gospel of the kingdom all throughout Europe to gain Your mighty ones!

References and Further Reading

  • Sharing inspired from brother Ron Kangas’ speaking in this message and portions from The Glorious Church (by Watchman Nee, chs. 3-4), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, Crystallization-Study of the Minor Prophets, week 6 (entitled, The Descent of the Mighty Ones).
  • Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
  • Hymns on this topic:
    # Hallelujah, Christ the Victor / Triumphed on Mt. Calvary! / Hallelujah, resurrected, / He displays His victory!
    # Hallelujah! Christ is Victor, / Tell with every breath, / That the Savior still is conqu’ror / Over sin and death.
    # Victory through Christ’s resurrection / The victory is won! / Praise Him for what He has done / The victory is won!
  • Picture source: personal picture, London canal, Uxbridge.