Prayer

In reading “Praying with Smith Wigglesworth Faith-filled prayers for Fervent prayer warriors by Larry Keefauver” I ran across a prayer  entitled “Praying Through.”
It raised questions in my mind as to how I’ve been praying.

Here is the paragraph I need help understanding.
“Teach me, O God,
Instead of praying about, to pray through the problem,
Instead of praying for, to pray in the Spirit,
Instead of praying to, to pray with Thee.”

Questions I have is, am I praying with God and what does that
look like?

 

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8 thoughts on “Prayer”

  1. “Questions I have is, am I praying with God and what does that
    look like?”
    I think at least part of the answer can be found in John 17, “Jesus Prays for All Believers
    20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

    24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

    25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

    The complete chapter gives a vital selfie of just how prayer looks when we are praying with Jesus.

    1. Thank you for sharing this chapter, Sara, to help us see what “praying with Jesus” looks like. And that He desires a oneness with Him…”I myself may be in them”. If I understand what you are saying… if I want to truly be praying with God His desires and heart then I have to be one with Him and other believers in this.

      For the last few days I have been reading and re-reading a chapter on prayer, “The Practice of being Present to God” from Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar if the World.” In it she shares her thoughts and experiences with prayer. She said something that I thought may relate to what you said in the scripture you wrote above, “that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me”. She said 2 monks (one whose name was Brother David) helped her much in her ‘explorations’ of prayer. “Prayer, according to Brother David, is waking up to the presence of God no matter where I am or what I am doing. When I am fully alert to whatever or whoever is right in front of me; when I am electrically aware of the tremendous gift of being alive; when I am able to give myself wholly to the moment I am in, then I am in prayer. Prayer is happening, and it is not necessarily something I am doing. God is happening, and I am lucky enough to know that I am in The Midst.” Later in the same chapter she goes on to say, “The longer I practice prayer, the more I think it is something that is always happening, like a radio wave that carries music through the air whether I tune in to it or not.”

      1. As I read oneness from Pastor Sara and your thoughts on oneness, I thought well if those who know the Lord have received the Holy Spirit then we are one in the Spirit. We are all helped by the same spirit which is in the Father and Jesus Christ.

        Then it came to me we are all in the river flowing from the Throne of God and the Lamb. ( Rev. 22: 1) God in us. Us in God together in the river. We are one river not diverse rivers, thus we in each other working in oneness. Just thoughts on this. Not sure in my 🤔
        When I was young I lived by the Shenandoah River and all the tributaries ran into the river. Sounds like spiritually that we all come together as one in the spirit, the Spirit of God which is the main river from the throne of God.

        Debi I love hearing the wisdom Barbara Brown Taylor summarized “The longer I practice prayer, the more I think it is something that is always happening, like a radio wave that carries music through the air whether I tune into it or not.”
        To me it says be in the flow where you are supposed to be in God
        and we in Him and in each other.

    2. Yes I’m starting to get it. When we have that personal relationship with Jesus we can walk hand in hand praying for the things God desires.

  2. Interesting reading and question this blog ask just as my week on prayer study this week is to pray ‘prayers of praise’. Last week I was praying ‘prayers of Thanksgiving’ . Now, this was/is a challenge. Thanksgiving prayers came pretty easy. So, praise seemed easy as well the first day until I realized I was praying, singing and sharing the same type prayers with a slight word change, ie thank you God for me, me me, and mine, and now praise you for me, me and mine….hum I thought this is to self focused. So, over a ladies lunch I inquired with quick pop-ups sounding all the same. 🧐🤔

    It’s Thursday, the fourth 4️⃣ day into my 7 days on praying ‘prayers of praise’. I have started the prayer practice of prayers of praise by choosing only prayers that are so magnificent about Our Awesome God that no human can even begin to create.

    John 3:16 speaks of an all inclusive world love that has eternal consequences when any human becomes one with this love. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Hoping to hear and learn as we live and share in online community. 🙏🏻

    1. Oops I too am pretty good at thank you prayers to God, but have to delete selfies in praise and focus my praise on Almighty God of heaven . Thank you on redirection!!!

  3. This morning I again was praying along with Smith Wigglesworth and thought of Debi’s reading of Barbara Taylor’s book which Debi referenced, Barbara Taylor said “That 2 monks helped her understand prayer is waking up in the presence of God no matter where I am or what I am doing. .” In my reading this morning Smith Wigglesworth said that ‘It is possible to be in the Spirit at the washtub, in the Spirit scrubbing floors, in the Spirit under all circumstances.” The scriptural reference was from Galations 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let also walk in the Spirit.”

    Smith Wigglesworth’s prayer was this –

    “In every task
    At every place
    Through every trial,
    Within every blessing
    Under every situation,
    Upon every departure or entrance
    Around every relationship
    Over every moment
    Let me, Heavenly Father, be in the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

  4. Q (…am I praying with God and what does that look like? From blog
    A…As I stopped by here, The daily Lily, this am to spend a little time WITH 💏👨‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👦👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👦‍👦👩‍❤️‍👩👭👫 each of you communicating your thoughts, interest and daily life I see where Rena quotes part of the chapter in Galatians I wanted to share. I was on ponder mode when I thought let me go and spend some time WITH….I wanted to share about the Apostle Paul and a metaphor he gave on WITH…Paul first speaks of “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22-23 (Rena quotes 5:25) and then Paul continues the metaphor again in Colossians.* This image of fruitfulness is a living, growing reality for those who receive it. It dwells WITH us, taking root and maturing as deeply as we care for it. As fruit bears seeds and seeds spread and germinate, we are able to share and spread the gospel WITH ones that we share time WITH so that they may bear fruit as well.

    *(so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…”Colossians 1

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