Christ as the hub (a small wheel) is within us as the rim (the bigger wheel, His expression on earth) causing us to move. The Lord today moves in our move, and apart from man God cannot move on earth.
This is God’s economy: He does not do anything apart from man, but God works Himself into man and becomes one with man in an organic way, so that when man moves it is because God moves, and in man’s move God moves. This is so real and yet so mysterious!
The most practical way for us to enter into the reality of “the wheel within the wheel” is through prayer – when we pray, the Spirit joins in to help us in our weakness, and He intercedes for us and for all things according to God (Rom. 8:26-27).
In our organic union with the Lord, as we exercise our spirit to touch Him, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us and in us according to God, and we pray the prayer of the Spirit (who is praying in us) for the fulfillment of God’s economy.
Lord, show us the wheel within the wheel! Cause us to see a vision of Your move today. Make us the men who cooperate with You by taking You as the source, the strength, and the supply for our daily living and move. Lord, strengthen us into our inner man to move in Your move and to bring Your move all over the earth.
Praying in a Prayer – the Wheel within the Wheel
James 5:17 continues to be a puzzling verse in the Bible: if you take it as it is written, it seems that Elijah prayed to God earnestly (in all sincerity and honesty) and God listened to him, causing there to be no rain in Israel for 3.5 years.
But literally it says that Elijah “prayed in a prayer”, which means that there was a prayer that was given to him and he prayed it. In other words, Elijah was so one with God that he didn’t pray his own feelings, thoughts intentions, moods, desires, or any other motives, purposes, etc but rather he prayed the prayer given to him by the Lord for the accomplishing of His will.
Elijah prayed and God prayed in his prayer – this is why God closed up the heavens for 3.5 years. This is the wheel within a wheel: God’s prayer is inwardly, hidden, motivating our prayer which is outwardly, uttered, and then listened to by God!
Today the Spirit joins us as the central wheel within our being, the wheel within a wheel, and motivates us to pray according to God by giving us prayers, feelings, and words to pray (Rom. 8:26-27).
The inner wheel, Christ as the Spirit, is the initiator, the motivator, and the motor, and the outer wheel, us as the many members of the Body of Christ, are the megaphone, the echo chamber, the magnification of that prayer, uttering the prayer according to God’s desire!
The Lord’s move is in Our Move
We as God’s sons and Christ’s believers are the Body of Christ today, the outer wheel which is seen by all men. God today moves in our move, and apart from the Body of Christ God is limited in His move on earth.
God in Christ as the Spirit is the inner wheel in our spirit, the motor, the dynamo, the generator, causing us to move. In the church life today we need to have this “inward motor”, the wheel within a wheel, which causes us to pray and move one with God.
If our move is genuine, it must be that within our move is the move of the Lord. When Christ as the hub (wheel within a wheel) stops, we stop; when He moves, we as His expression and manifestation also move.
The center of the church life is Christ, and the center of our being is Christ; when we are one with Christ in spirit in a real way, we will pray not for our agenda or a list, but according to what He prays in us.
Everything happens in the mysterious and divine organic union between God and man: God moves, and we move; we move, and God moves.
If the churches don’t move with the Lord, they lose the Lord’s move because there’s no wheel within a wheel. But if all the local churches move with the Lord Jesus, as He moves, He becomes the wheel within the wheel and there will be a great move of the Lord on the earth!
We Need to See the Wheel Within a Wheel
We need to ask the Lord to open our eyes to see the wheel within a wheel – God moving in man, and man moving one with God. If we see that God today moves in our move, and He initiates the move: we simply move one with Him, we will simply pray that we would live all day long one spirit with the Lord.
I have heard numerous testimonies of saints who moved to Europe from either USA, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, etc because they felt the move of the inner wheel towards Europe.
Today the Lord’s ultimate move is to gain Europe. You may say that Christianity was rooted here, there are so many Christians here, etc – but if you look at the general situation, all Europe can boast is “the graves of the prophets who once lived here”.
The Lord needs to gain many young people in Europe who would count the cost and pay the price to be His overcomers, those who will bring Him back. Who will go for the Lord? Who senses the move of the wheel within a wheel, and cooperates to go?
Check with the Lord within you: if He moves, you need to move with Him, and He will move in your move. He will strengthen you, empower you, and fully supply you to move, being the inward dynamo, generator, and motor to meet all your needs.
Open to the Lord, open to the fellowship in the Body, and be one with the Lord in what He intends to do today!
Lord, remove any veils from our eyes that we may see the wheel within a wheel. We don’t want to hinder You or delay You from moving toward the consummation of this age. Keep us in the organic union with God, and make us those who are willing to move whenever You want to move. Lord, move in our move. Move toward Europe. Gain many young ones here who would be absolute for You. Lord, move all over the earth through many thousands of believers who move one with You!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from portions in, Life-study of Ezekiel (pp. 97-99), 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: ch 3 in, The Two Spirits in Romans; msg. 12 in, Life-study of James.
- Hymns on this topic:
# When God wants to move, / He must gain an instrument; / Overcomers separated from the current age. / They have joined themselves / Through His word to His desire. / Overcomers constituted with the Holy Word.
# Now the Lord’s recovery is everywhere proceeding, / All the churches join in one to give the Lord command.
# O Lord, grant us the strength to say, / Our will is Yours in every way; / You’d move through us to all the earth, / To show the nations Your unbounded, / Everlasting worth.
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).