Prayer – the Beginning and the End

Under the premise that man’s purpose is union with God (Jn. 17:24), prayer is both the catalyst and the ongoing result of a move of the Spirit. For prayer is not a religious practice for the pious, but the vehicle of ongoing relationship with the uncreated God.

Think of the man who doesn’t talk to his wife? Could such a man genuinely believe his marital relationship was healthy? A good husband does not make endless requests of his wife, lest he weary her, but in relating to her he verbally communicates his love, and affection. He tells her of her beauty and how she captured his heart when they first met. These simple words create the context in her heart for their first love to grow and blossom through the years of their marriage.

The same principle is true with prayer. The believer makes known their needs to a kind Father, and in desiring their relationship to grow also tells Him of His kindness, love, and splendid attributes. When the disciples ask, “Teach us to pray,” they are asking, “Teach us to know the Father as you know Him.” This must be the heart-cry of the believer: “Lord, teach me to pray.” In doing so, the believer receives grace to grow in effectual genuine relationship with the living God.

Not seeking to diminish the effectiveness and potency of petition, I believe the Body of Christ must spend most (not all) of their prayer time telling Him who He is rather than asking Him to do something for them. The Son of Man will not weary at the request and need of His people, but the heart that is moved by His majesty will in turn move His heart at the sound of their voice.

3 thoughts on “Prayer – the Beginning and the End

  • Good stuff! I heard someone (it was Allen Hood) once say that the Lord asked Him once, “When are we going to get to the good stuff in your quiet time, Me? If you continue this way (wondering if you measure up and asking Me about yourself all the time), in the age to come, we still won’t even know each other yet. You’ll be the only thing we talked about!”

    There’s a lot better than us, it’s Him, then it’s Him in us, all around us, and coming for us.

  • Is there a “time” factor that is not considered when most look at “rapture” theology. In other words, we always tend to put God into His earthly creative paramenters when looking at escatology. We like to create definitive events such as, “I got saved,” that says salvation is only an event instead of the beginning of an ongoing process of salvation.

    2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” This would seem to explain what happens at the first death, but how can we take comfort in this death if we somehow are captured in a sortof purgatory prison/grave such as Paradise or Abraham’s Bosom? Jesus went into this prison and set the captives free to set us free from this Old Testament understanding.

    I believe that there will be a specific rapture event in the future as the Scripture declares, but I also believe that there has been and is an ongoing process — a”snatching away” of believers into the presence of Christ at every moment that is “precious in the sight of the Lord,” even as I write.

    As far as the so-called six raptures in the Bible, we must consider the references to where the pre-New Testament saints went when they died. With the exception of Jesus Himself and the believers who died after His resurrection, I don’t think we have an absolute certainty from the Scripture that Enoch and Eijah were “resurrected” and “raptured” until they remained in Paradise for that time awaiting the resurrection of Christ and His descent into that realm of the righteous dead to set them free, taking them to the 3rd heaven.

    Just some thoughts to stimulate discussion.

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