Abiding

“We don’t pray about things. We bring things about by prayer.” —Armin Gesswein

It is more than abundantly clear that the Lord Jesus did not regularly pray any “if it be Your will” kinds of prayers. His relationship with His Father was such that He simply knew exactly what to pray into existence (for that is the role of prayer in a life yielded to God). He did what the Gospel of John calls “abiding” or “remaining” in His God. Their fellowship was so very rich and so intimate that nothing Jesus did was His action alone, but His action as an expression of the Father’s. Numerous passages make this one clear.

Perhaps the clearest testimony to this reality is when Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30, NIV). Some texts, especially in John’s gospel, point this reality out clearly for our purposes of prayer.

Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does . . .

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me. (John 5:19-20, 30, NKJV)

Once again, this indicates that the will is based both on knowing the clear teaching of Scripture, and more importantly, on cultivating a relationship with God that is intimate and ongoing.

–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka 

Lord Jesus, You did nothing apart from the Father and yet I am continually living out my life in my own strength and counting on my own wisdom. Forgive me for the sin of my prideful heart and give me a deep desire to humbly seek Your face. Stretch me into the purposes of Your will for the sake of Your glory!

Prayer Points

Praise God, the one who keeps you in perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). Give thanks for peace which is far beyond your understanding (Phil. 4:7). Confess that you sometimes look to the world to bring you peace rather than to God. Commit yourself to living in peace with others (1 Thess. 5:13). Ask God to give you a peaceable spirit.

Jesus promises to give his peace to those who believe in faith (Jn. 14:27). Pray for one unsaved person you know to receive Jesus’ precious peace.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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