The Word and the Spirit

“…but the word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:25).

It is a simple thing, really. God communicates in us, to us, and through us by the Word of Christ. The Spirit moves upon the Word. The Word and the Spirit always work together. One points to the other, and both together shape the life of Christ within the believer. As we are much in the Word, promptings enter our thinking that we should pray a certain way. We realize that it is an idea that conforms to the teaching of Jesus. And so we say, “Let this be so. Bring this to pass, Lord. It is in harmony with Your Word.” We ask the Spirit of Christ to deepen that prayer within us, to keep it constantly before us until it is accomplished. We hold it before the presence of God until we receive a prompting in our soul that the prayer has been heard and answered. Then we wait for it to be so.

Lord Jesus, I renounce any and all life that is apart from You. You are pictured as the vine. We are pictured as the branches. Connect me to who You are, that Your life may flow into and through me, in my living, in my believing, and most especially in my praying. Make the truth of Your Word alive in me that I might pray Your purposes into existence.

–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).

Prayer Points
Praise your covenant God for his abiding faithfulness (Deut. 7:9). Give thanks that even “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful” (2 Tim. 2:13). Confess any unfaithfulness you’ve allowed into your relationships with God and others. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of faithfulness through the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to help you be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

Pray that God’s covenant love would extend through your generation and on to generations yet to come.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).