While driving to Sweden a couple of days ago I was led by the Spirit to meditate on prayer, and the following is an attempt to briefly summarize the impressions I was given.
Prayer starts in God and is His definite yes to something He wants done, and, further, in His mind is already done. We recognize what He wants and pray it out or speak it out, and by our words the thing is manifested beyond reason and in a “way of which ye do not know of”. This recognizing is a spontaneous outflow of the Spirit as us. This might seem like two, might seem like separation, but it is one voice – He speaking as us. However, since we are two as one God’s initiative awaits our faith response, that is, that we receive what He wants to give by a simple thank you. And this “thank you” is us leaving behind any human limitations we might see and by the Spirit being leveled up with Him in how He perceives the thing about which we have spoken.
Our great problem is that we erroneously believe that we are the source – that prayer or our word of faith starts in us – and that leaves us with the impression that we have to persuade God to meet our wants or desires and thus our prayers become pleads instead of the inner knowing of something already accomplished. In addition we are left with the impression that God is against us when the opposite is true. We see God through a glass darkly and He becomes a stingy God in our awareness and we miss seeing His amazing generosity and goodness. Whenever we see ourselves as the source our awareness is like a desert and our helplessness is predominant in our outlook.
That we can do nothing without Him becomes as an almost paralyzing truth. Then the light is turned on and we see our oneness and how everything starts in God and we suddenly know that we can do all things in Christ because He lives as us. Knowing that all things begin in God means that whenever we have spoken our word we know that it is done! We can rest. Seeing ourselves as the source isn’t the faith that pleases God or makes Him move, thus, according to your faith be it unto you.
God initiative awaiting our faith response or agreement means that we are not automatons, but co-workers with Him in what He wants done, so our word of faith or prayer is our yes to Him! And the miracle is that we want what He wants, because it is He who works in us to will and do in accordance with His good pleasure. What a great mystery this is!