Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me (John 14:11)
It is finished! (John 19:30)
Our prayers often beseech the Lord’s action in place of our own. Potential pain, overwhelming odds and lack of vision convince us that only God can do or handle what is before us.
So, we beg the Lord’s intervention, believing it is appropriate. But the spiritual reality is quite different.
The New Testament supports the idea that the godhead is as active as the body of Christ is. The Father in Jesus and Jesus in the Father finished their work at Calvary. Jesus then bestows the Holy Spirit upon the disciples to enact and authorize their faith and works.
The Holy Spirit’s role is unique as compared to the Father’s or Son’s. He comes alongside as a helper, comforter and counselor. He functions as a result of the actions of those who believe (See Mark 16:19-20). In Acts, the Holy Spirit comes upon people to empower them.
Acts 4:24-31 is an example of true, covenant prayer. Here’s just a snippet:
And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.
Notice how the prayer focuses on empowering the one praying. The extend your hand to heal phrase is a realization that He does that through people. Too often prayer is to enact the Lord’s activity on our behalf. We pray, wait for God to “do His thing” and then we expect to walk in the victory He won.
The Lord has already won the victory. Sin and the enemy are defeated. We are to now enforce the victory afforded us through Christ. It is incumbent upon us to act valiantly praying the Lord will fill us, empower us, embolden us.
There is ongoing prayer activity on your behalf. It is not earthly, but heavenly. Romans 8:26-34 describe how the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf while Jesus sits at the right hand interceding for us. If God is praying for us to be bold and act, does it not seem strange to plead for our intercessors to do so instead?
Yes, you should pray. Unceasingly, in fact. Just pray accurately. Check how you pray. Too many have become disillusioned by unanswered prayer. And its our fault, not His. We ask Him to do the very things He intercedes for us to do.
The effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much. Some of your best prayer will be with your life, not your mouth.