How Should We Pray?

Man in Prayer

“Grace” – by Eric Enstrom (1918)

“If ye be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your affections upon the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth, for ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3)

My brothers and sisters, when God put me out in my spiritual wilderness in 1980 (about the time that Mount St. Helens blew one cubic mile of earth and ash across the states of Washington and Idaho), He shut down any sense in me that He was listening to my prayers. I prayed everything I could think of to get that nil-state to end in me. I would eventually find out after thrashing around over those many years which followed that He was not going to answer any prayers that were against what He put in my life to fix what HE was fixing in me. Or, as Bob Mumford put it, “If you fix the fix that God fixes to fix you, he will just fix another fix to fix you.” It wasn’t until many years of me trying fix His fix in my life that I finally gave up and He finally heard from me what He was waiting for. “Lord, I belong to you and if you want to leave me in this perpetual death and nothingness, that is your business. Once again I surrender “my life,” for what its worth, to YOU!” The purpose of this long lesson was to cause a heart change in me. I was to learn in my heart what Paul spoke of when he wrote,

Alone in the wilderness- web

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… for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. (Phil 4:11-13, AMP – emphasis added)

This is the secret to a happy and confident life IN Christ where we are focused and occupied with what is happening in heavenly places IN Him. I would like to include the following quote from T. Austin-Sparks that gets right down to where our real need is. Here he is using the type of Old Testament temple which speaks of our eternal lives in the NEW Covenant.

…[The] blood is always in the Scripture a witness against what is of the old creation, to cut it off, and to bring in a new creation; a witness against the earthly, the worldly and the fleshly, and therefore the satanic; a witness unto the heavenly, the spiritual, and that which is of the Lord. It means here that the blood of the sin offering being sprinkled on the horns and on the altar makes everything heavenly. Our prayer life has got to be on a heavenly basis. It is not enough just to be praying for our earthly affairs. It is so easy to get up in the morning and hurry through a few words asking the Lord to bless us and ours, and our earthly things for the day, as though these things of this life were all. Oh, no! The Lord would have prayer touching things heavenly, things spiritual, related to that which is not of time but of eternity, not of this world but in relation to His eternal, heavenly intentions. He would have us separated from the merely temporal. There is a place for bringing those before the Lord, but they have got to be lifted in relation to the heavenly and not be dealt with as things in themselves. The blood makes everything heavenly, separating from the old creation. There is a very great deal of the old creation in our prayers; it is [about] our convenience, our deliverance from inconvenience and discomfort, our salvation from what would bring us a great deal of trouble and sorrow. That is the motive behind a good deal of our praying. “Lord, don’t let anything bad happen today, because it would spoil our life today!”

But supposing the Lord would lift us into something altogether new through sorrow, are we then going to pray that prayer? No, our prayer must be: “Today, Lord, I want that which is of greatest account in relation to spiritual values and if that must be by way of trial and adversity, I do not pray to be delivered from it.” I say, “Lord, there is power to carry me through, and by prayer I come into touch with that power to carry me through the trials of every day in relation to the meaning of the trial.” That is heavenly praying. That is praying with your heart in heaven. “If ye be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your affections upon the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth, for ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3). “Our citizenship is in heaven.” Now the life of the believer is to be, therefore, one with heavenly interests always in view, and our prayer life is in relation to those interests.

Where prayer counts most vitally and effectually is in the heavenlies. Ephesians makes that perfectly clear: “Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers… the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.” Then, providing for that warfare, he gathers it all up, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”. The warfare is in the heavenlies, and the prayer is most effectual there. That is where the power is indeed against the spiritual forces, and that blood brings us out there as our protection for a realm which is spiritual and therefore counts for most. The place of the altar of incense, the holding of it to the end till everything else has been brought in, gives to prayer tremendous significance.

Now one closing thought. There was to be a crown of gold round the top of this altar of incense (verse 3), and that crown speaks of the glorifying of the Lord Jesus as the Victor. “But we behold… Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour” (Heb. 2:9). The crown of the Victor over sin and death and the reason for that victory in this connection is in Isaiah 53: “He made intercession for the transgressors.” The implication is that by His intercession for the transgressors in His cross He won. There were transgressors doomed under judgement, and His cross was a great work of intercession for the transgressors — and we were among them. By intercession in His cross, His great ministry of intercession in giving Himself, He saved us. You and I are today in Christ, saved men and women, because of the intercession of the Lord Jesus. He triumphed in intercession for us, and as High Priest He ever lives to make intercession, and every day we are living in the benefit of His continual intercession. That is the point in the crown of gold, the crown of glory. Now the Lord is calling us into that ministry. It is not only to share the travail, but to share the glory, not only to share the humiliation but to share the crown, and the crown is not just some objective thing given to us but for the Lord to come and crown our lives. That is to be His seal upon us, and He will say, “Well done! As I have overcome so you have overcome; share with Me My throne.” If that can be because my life was a life of prevailing prayer, that is the glory of it; and even now to know what it is to prevail in prayer is glory; it is the crown of glory.

Now you see there is a glory connected with prayer. The Lord calls us, then, to consider our prayer life, because everything depends upon it. It must be the time for trimming the wick, the works of the flesh. It must be the means of keeping the light clear and strong against the darkness and it must be the means of power, the ground of power, and of prevailing. The Lord use His word, then, to bring us back, if needs be, to the strength of a full prayer life. ( emphasis added by me. “The Altar of Incense” http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/003691.html)

(I would like to thank Becky Johnson in Colorado for bringing this fact of our spiritual life IN Christ to my attention once again through her blog article, (https://occupiedwithchrist.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/a-tried-heart-flooded-with-light/ )

 

26 comments on “How Should We Pray?

  1. Beautiful! God Bless 🙂

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  2. Good post, Michael. ⭐

    At first I wanted to add the link to Becky’s blog post, just in case someone wants to check it out.

    https://occupiedwithchrist.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/a-tried-heart-flooded-with-light/

    We again and again experience hardships where our prayer life is tested. Sometimes it seems to me that following Jesus is like embracing a chain of crises that has no end. Nonetheless, I believe we need to come to our wits’ end in every area of life before we are inclined to seek real help from above. Setting our affections on the heavely realm is something our old nature cannot do and does not want to do, either. If God has not given us a new heart before that seeks Him more than anyone/anything else, we cannot help but running around in circles by trying to ‘pray away’ what should stay in His view so that we get a new (divine) perspective on temporal matters. But as it is in all cases,

    “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
    If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:4-8 ESV)

    Prayer for me is seeking to abide in Him whether I ‘feel’ something good, that is, His presence, or not. It appears to me that it is all about faith. Our good feelings might follow our God given faith if He wills, but the mere existence of good feelings does not prove that they have sprung from real faith as our soul can produce feelings of any kind at any time through our restless thought life.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks Susanne,
      Feelings are deceptive for sure. As one person told me, “Feeling must follow behind faith, not the other way around.” Praying that we might have spiritual eyes to see each situation as HE does I think is key. Once that gift has been given us then we will know what our part is in it whether we are to remain “outside” and pray or whether we are called to roll up our sleeves and act as His ambassadors in it. It all comes back down to speaking and praying by the Spirit and acting only under His unction. In His kingdom there is a sign on the door in big red letters, “THE FLESH NEED NOT APPLY.”

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    • Michael says:

      Susanne, thanks again for your comment above with the URL correction. As you can tell, I need a good proof reader. :-p I also wanted to mention that I have seen many the griefs and burdens that the Lord allows in your life as you have in mine and I have GREAT faith that the outcome will be glorious with Christ shining forth in His radiance from you. You will remain in my prayers, dear sister. God is in control.

      Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it. (Heb 12:11, KJ2000)

      Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1John 3:2, KJ2000)

      I love you in Christ whom I see in you and it is a joy to me,

      Michael

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  3. Kenneth E Dawson says:

    Father I believe—-Help me with my unbelief

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  4. Michael, oh indeed! We so often have a knee-jerk reaction to the pain & suffering, whether that be literal and physical, or spiritual, and we alone in our flesh want it GONE, and since the Lord is able, we think He is obliged to change it so others can see Him and how good He is. Alas, it is in those very seasons when we have yielded to and submitted our wills to His, whatever the circumstance, that the Lord is manifested and put on display in a way altogether other than the rest of the world. That is a sweet aroma that cannot be ‘preached,’ only lived.

    As I am coming up a far ways behind you on this journey, I will add this as to prayer life also: mine had seemed to come to a screeching halt a few years back. Any sense to pray what I believed I needed to pray was all locked up; the way it looked, sounded, to whom I should pray for, to what I should pray about, and the results of pray, all of it was as if a dam had been erected and I could not make sense of it. all I could do was allow it, trusting that I need not fear, but that in this strange place the Lord’s signature was all around it. We are creatures of habits and religiously probably more so. Even when we’re not aware of the deep ways the environment and the myriad of things we have heard or read on the topic have been deeply seated in us. It is all the flesh. And when the Cross begins its work at cutting between our old nature in Adam and our new creation in Christ, there must be a great chasm, a season of silence or inactivity, in order that we accept & reckon our flesh having been crucified with Christ on that Cross on that particular point the Lord is working in us, and not to stay in death, no! Never to stay down and under and defeated. But rising in a living union with our risen Lord Jesus Christ – amen! I cannot say I have arrived in regards to prayer, but do know a change has taken place in the prayers. If the Spirit is not in it, I will keep quiet, period. (Kind of a huge deal for this former mouthy one.) But, as Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12, and is spread across all of our journey’s, Lord willing:

    Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.

    Thank you, Micheal!

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    • Michael says:

      Becky, I don’t see you as all that far behind me as I read your latest blogs. In fact, I think we are on the same page in the book of life IN Christ. I agree, all the things I read in the past by the “recommended experts on prayer” did me no good. When God turns a corner and we are slow to follow (we tend to overshoot the corners because of our former teachers and human traditions upon which our flesh feeds), I am so glad that He is patient with us as we finally get the message and get back on track with Him.

      Right now, all I can say about prayer was summed up in yours and my latest blogs. REAL prayer comes from seeing things as He does and praying in agreement with Him, not praying from the needs of ours or anyone else’ flesh. Sparks really nailed that down in that article he wrote from which we quoted. This kind of prayer is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Whatsoever you ask in my name, it shall be granted unto you.” His name is who He is in the Father, His very character and person-hood, not some magic moniker we hang on the end of our fleshly requests. So, to pray “IN His name” is to be in the unity of the Father and the Son and speak what they put on our hearts in these matters. This is why Jesus could pray before the tomb of Lazarus in that humanly impossible situation, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me…” and see results.

      I knew this old saint many years ago named Mary. She was known to be a “prayer warier” and I was going through a hard time so I asked her to pray for me. She said, “No, I won’t unless God tells me to.” Well, I thought, “How UN-Christian!” Yet, Mary understood something that I did not… she was praying IN His name in the reality of what it means.

      It has been good to hear from you again, Becky. I will watch for your blog articles and understand why they come in a non-periodical way. 🙂
      Your brother in Idaho,
      Michael

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  5. Amen!
    Thank you for the uplifting words. A long lesson indeed to let God be God in our lives.

    We all mature at different times, and through His words and our Lord Jesus’ testimony (life) we can see clearly what prayer is. True prayer comes from the heart in sincerity, in knowing Jesus’ gift that through Him we have connection with the Father to approach His throne and Him in confidence. As His children for the spirit of Christ is in us in our belief. We cannot come to the Father without Christ.

    Prayer is talking, spiritually having a conversation with Him about everything going on in our lives, the good the bad and the ugly; which is a private matter between us. Hence in a quiet space we have a One on one. Through each phase of our lives He opens our senses, our spiritual eyes to realize the changes that need to be made. Sometimes it takes us longer to realize He’s been carry us, but once we do a blessing when we acknowledge Him and our need for His involvement in our lives.

    Beginning with thanksgiving for life itself, humble gratitude for the lessons and growth. The clarity to know, ‘this too shall pass’ when hard times hit, the assurance He’s always there, reminding us He overcame, and through Him we as well for that spirit is IN us. In which the principalities+ would rather keep hidden and us ignorant. Alas doubt almost always sticks its head out to make us fear. We’re told ‘not to fear’, but always look up in prayer and He will sustain us through all the ugliness this world can mustard.

    Clarity comes from different sources, His Word in applying and following it; a good word (reminder) from a friend, a song that hits the right notes in our soul and so on. All things that are good, are desire to live honorably and guilt free. To get to this point we gotta let go of self and our one mindedness of self. We have purpose here and now And in the new heavens and earth to come. With wisdom comes ‘the fear of God’, this fear is not in anger but in love in not loosing His nearness, His Presence in our lives, life itself. He is both life and love so deep our carnal mind is limited to its understanding. Yet, in Him and in us opening our hearts to Him can begin to know Him, establishing a relationship that will carry us home.

    I also agree with Mr. Austin, ‘There is power to carry us through…” in where we can only learn through trials, the meaning of His grace, to persevere and trust Him who knows every hair on our head. If ‘God brings you to it’, because of our actions, ‘He will bring you through it’, as well when we acknowledge Him and our rebellion. Only then can the lesson that takes time to learn/observe when one is going through the trial, can be justifiable in changing us within. As citizens of heaven and a reminder at the right time assures us God is indeed listening. And provides as He sees fit for He sees our future of what benefits us then and now.

    Why pray? Because it brings us closer to our Heavenly Father, in humble acceptance. How should we, by all the good reasons you have pointed out and the connection we feel, the freedom it offers to our soul. Prayer is powerful as a one on one and especially when two or three are gathered for others.

    Thank you again for the good post. Definitely got me thinking 🙂 (as you can tell by my essay.)
    Your in my prayers. May our Heavenly Father continue to richly bless you, Michael. And all of us in reading His inspired words through you. Amen. In Christ always for that’s when God listens the best. Shalom!

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    • Michael says:

      Aida, you wrote, “As citizens of heaven and a reminder at the right time assures us God is indeed listening.” Yes, He seems to get the message through to me when I get a “second witness” through some means, that I am to write on a subject, do a certain thing or obey what He wants me to see, hear and do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on prayer and thank you for your prayers for me. May Jesus continue to draw you into an ever deeper relationship with the Father and the Son. Amen
      Michael

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  6. A beautiful reminder. ❤

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  7. Cuánta de nuestra vida natural inunda nuestras oraciones, el Señor extirpe por completo nuestra vida natural para que nuestras oraciones sean olor fragante al Señor, como decía Madame Guyón, nuestra oración es Cristo mismo, las oraciones de Cristo deben ser las nuestras.

    Hermoso artículo Michael. Gracias al Señor por recordarme esto y que sea grabado en mi vida.
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    Patricia wrote:

    How much of our natural life floods our prayers, the Lord completely extirpates our natural life so that our prayers are a fragrant odor to the Lord, as Madame Guyon said, our prayer is Christ himself, the prayers of Christ must be ours.

    Beautiful article Michael. Thank the Lord for reminding me of this and that it be recorded in my life.

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks again for your comment Patricia,

      What you said reminded me of the story of the woman with the alabaster vial of ointment who poured all that she had out on Him that day in Bethany. First of all she broke the container so that it was no longer of any use to this world. Is it any wonder that His breaking of us does the same? Secondly she was accused of wasting all that ointment on Jesus when just a small amount would have been enough. First Judas (who loved money more than our Lord) cried out, “Why this waste?!” Then the other disciple chimed in with their disapproval. Some things never change. When today’s church Christians see the life of a believer broken and wasted on Jesus instead of being productive in this world or in their church organizations, their reaction is much the same. “Why do you waste your self on Jesus? Make something of yourself. Use your talents in the church at least! Why do you give of yourself so freely to Him? Do a good work for the poor with your talents” Yet, Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, but Me you will not always have with you.” If Christians wasted their lives on Jesus, what a different world we would have. When Jesus has been satisfied with our love for Him, the rest of the house will be filled with the fragrance of our love as well.

      True brokenness for the Lord does not go unnoticed by Him. In the first place He defended that woman. He saw that she was anointing His body ahead of time for His burial. When the other women came to the grave to do just that, they were too late, He had already risen from the dead. He also said a most curious thing about what she she did that day, “Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matt 26:13, ESV2011). Being “wasted” on Jesus is never a waste in the eyes of the Lord. Keep pouring yourself out on Him, dear Patricia. It is not so much the quantity that He seeks, but rather the quality of our love for Him. Extravagant love from a broken and contrite heart, THAT is the goal of the gospel.

      Michael

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  8. Gracias Michael por esas palabras, son un ungüento derramado para mi vida.

    Hoy en mi oración le decía al Señor que me sentía cansada, que los dolores en mi cuerpo eran insoportables, me sentía deshecha y era como escuchar la voz del enemigo diciendo: qué desperdicio de vida, podrías estar haciendo algo mejor, pero mírate, era como si quisiera que sintiera lástima de mí misma. Pero el Señor hoy trajo a mi vida una paz y un descanso a mi corazón en la oración, pude sentir su presencia y sentir Su fuerza para seguir. Y luego leo esto que me escribes, como una palabra de aliento de parte de mi Señor.

    Después de leer este artículo ya no oro por no ir a la cirugía de rodillas, supe que si el Señor me lleva de nuevo a una cirugía es por un propósito de Él en mi vida. Dios es mi Rey y quien gobierna mi vida, ya nada puedo hacer, todo depende de Él y Él es suficiente.

    Gracias Michael por dejarte usar por el Señor para traer esta palabra a mi corazón. Esta palabra fue como lavar mis pies y secarlos con ternura.

    Un abrazo
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    Patricia wrote:

    Thanks Michael for those words, they are an ointment spilled for my life.

    Today in my prayer I told the Lord that I felt tired, that the pains in my body were unbearable, I felt broken and it was like listening to the voice of the enemy saying: what a waste of life, you could be doing something better, but look at yourself, it was as if he wanted me to feel sorry for myself. But the Lord today brought to my life a peace and a rest to my heart in prayer, I could feel his presence and feel His strength to continue. And then I read this that you write to me, as a word of encouragement from my Lord.

    After reading this article I no longer pray for not going to surgery on my knees, I knew that if the Lord brings me back to surgery it is for a purpose of Him in my life. God is my King and who governs my life, I can do nothing, everything depends on Him and He is enough.

    Thank you Michael for letting you use it for the Lord to bring this word to my heart. This word was like washing my feet and drying them with tenderness.

    A hug

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    • Michael says:

      Patricia, what a blessing your comment is to me. It comes at a time when I have been wondering if I even hear His voice. If what I write blesses you it is truly from Him to your heart. Sometimes I think that God has me write to a small handful of His saints and it is always good to hear from the one who it was meant for. Jesus has always done His greatest work in hearts, One on one. His words are Life to those who need that Life, usually in a critical time. He is more of a PERSONAL Savior who cares for each of us individually than most of us will ever realize.

      You are a blessing to me,
      Michael

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  9. Tú también eres una bendición para mi vida. Y eso mismo me he estado preguntando en estos días. Si realmente vale la pena escribir, cuando veo algunos de mis hermanos como los Gálatas, a veces pienso que cuando Pablo escribió a los Gálatas se sentía igual, viendo la inmadurez de estos hermanos.

    Pero el Señor me dio hoy la respuesta a través de ti. Dios nos hace escribir solo para un puñado de Sus santos que están anhelando escuchar Su voz. Por eso solo son pocos, porque el resto están preocupados con las cosas de este mundo, con las cosas de su carne y con el sistema religioso.

    Solo aquellos que anhelan más de Cristo, que anhelan conocerlo y que gimen con corazones quebrantados por esa Vida abundante, podrán ser satisfechos en su necesidad.

    Muchos abrazos mi hermano querido.
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    Patricia wrote:

    You are also a blessing for my life. And that same question I’ve been asking myself these days, if it is really worth writing, when I see some of my brothers as the Galatians, sometimes I think that when Paul wrote to the Galatians he felt the same, seeing the immaturity of these brothers.

    But the Lord gave me the answer today through you. God makes us write only for a handful of His saints who are longing to hear His voice. That is why they are only few, because the rest are concerned with the things of this world, with the things of their flesh and with the religious system.

    Only those who long for Christ, who yearn to know Him and who groan with hearts broken by that abundant Life, will be able to be satisfied in their need.

    Many hugs my dear brother.

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    • Michael says:

      Thank you, Patricia. When I wrote my latest blog, “Are We Still Clinging to Our Zoar?”, my wife who reads all that I write said, “This is a really good article, but I don’t think you will get very many nice comments on it.” Yes, Jesus knew this problem well when He said,

      “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matt 7:13-14, ESV2011)

      The problem with Lot was he was always looking for the easy way and today’s Christianity has much in common with him. Few be they who embrace the way that leads to Life. It is truly a narrow way that will not allow the flesh in us to survive. “There is a way that seems right to a man [the easy way], but the end thereof is death.”

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    • Michael says:

      Patricia, along the same line of writing for the few, I found this quote by T. Austin-Sparks:

      “When you and I launch out into great public movements, displaying and advertising, we expose the work of God, and open it to infinite perils. Our safety is in keeping where God has put us, in the hidden, secret place with Himself.” – T. Austin-Sparks
      http://www.austin-sparks.net/quotes.html

      Now I see why God has never let me advertise our books, website or blog. It might be dark at times when He covers us with His wings, but it is safe there.

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  10. Amén, estamos en el mismo sentir de Dios, mi hermano.

    Hoy leía algo que escribió Austin en este sentido, acerca de la soledad que experimentó Elías y él sentía que era el único que había quedado y que sus rodillas no se habían doblado ante baal. Pero el Señor le aclaró que él no era el único, que habían quedado siete mil que también no habían doblado sus rodillas.

    Así es en este tiempo, somos pocos y estamos ocultos ante los ojos del mundo y del sistema religioso, el Señor nos ha cubierto bajo Sus alas, como tú me decías, el Señor nos ha metido bajo la sombra de Su vida y desde allí está trabajando en nuestros corazones y aunque parezca que no hay nadie más, si hay un puñado de aquellos que no se han doblegado ante el espíritu de este mundo religioso y que están dejando que el Señor mutile por completo su vida natural.

    El artículo de Zoar es excelente y siento que debo compartir de este tema en mi blog, para los hermanos de aquí. Tu amada Dorothy tiene toda la razón, este es un tema que no le gusta al hombre natural, porque no tiene que ver con la prosperidad de este mundo ni con salvar su propia vida. La gente le gusta vivir en la comodidad de un cristianismo que no les insta a morir. Nada de nosotros mismos sobrevivirá, todo será extirpado por completo y eso al cristianismo de ahora no le gusta.

    Amén a lo que dice Austin. Nuestro público es de Uno, todo es para Él, todo lo que hacemos es para agradar al Señor y para que nuestro Señor se sienta satisfecho, es por eso que lo que escribimos lo leen muy pocos, porque son pocos los que aman al Señor de tal manera que deseen morir en el altar de Dios.

    Tienes razón, debajo de Sus alas es oscuro muchas veces, pero allí estamos a salvo.

    Doy gracias a Dios por tu vida, porque lo que escribes me confronta, me exhorta, me edifica y me bendice

    Un abrazo.
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    Patrica wrote:

    Amen, we are in the same sense of God, my brother.

    Today I read something that Austin (Sparks) wrote in this regard, about the loneliness Elias (Elijah) experienced and he felt that he was the only one left and that his knees had not been bent before Baal. But the Lord made it clear that he was not the only one, that there were seven thousand left who had not bent their knees.

    So it is at this time, we are few and we are hidden before the eyes of the world and the religious system, the Lord has covered us under His wings, as you told me, the Lord has put us under the shadow of His life and from there it is working in our hearts and although it seems that there is no one else, if there are a handful of those who have not bowed to the spirit of this religious world and who are letting the Lord completely mutilate his natural life.

    Zoar’s article is excellent and I feel that I should share this topic in my blog, for the brothers here. Your beloved Dorothy is absolutely right, this is a topic that the natural man does not like, because it has nothing to do with the prosperity of this world or saving his [one’s] own life. People like to live in the comfort of a Christianity that does not urge them to die. Nothing of ourselves will survive, everything will be completely extirpated and that Christianity does not like now.

    Amen to what Austin says. Our audience is One, everything is for Him, all we do is to please the Lord and for our Lord to feel satisfied, that is why what we write is read by very few, because there are few who love the Lord of so that they wish to die on the altar of God.

    You’re right, under His wings it’s dark many times, but we’re safe there.

    I thank God for your life, because what you write confronts me, exhorts me, edifies me and blesses me

    A hug.

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  11. Pete says:

    Never truly understood the words in the ‘Lords prayer’ until I was praying them for my wife’s surgery and found that the Lords will was not to be bent by our desires.

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