“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed." S.D. Gordon
Prayer is the straw from which we suck His honey Presence from the Rock. (Dt. 32:13) Prayer is daily gathering the honey grace grahams of manna: “give us this day our daily (not day old) bread.” (McGill 2005) Prayer is persistently asking, seeking, and knocking for the all-that-He-has-is-ours-feast before His face with great expectation that He will give us bread not stones, fish not snakes, and eggs not scorpions. (Mt. 7:7-12 & Lk. 11:9-13) Prayer is aggressive faith in action that resists the devil, buffeting all his fiery darts, refusing to believe anything other than God is for us and will grant us justice from our adversaries. (Lk. 18:1-8) Prayer is a tenacious coram Deo bulldog that lays hold of our blood-bought inheritance until “His kingdom will in heaven is done here and now on earth.” Prayer is the timely application of the blood of Jesus to every doorpost of our lives to drive out destroyers from our midst: “deliver us from the evil one.” Prayer is keeping loving fellowship with God and man freshly transparent: “forgive us our debts as we forgive others.” And prayer is abiding on the Vine of fruitfulness so that Christ’s love and power to demonstrate that love can flow through us. Everything is based on Presence of Jesus.
Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know how to pray worthily as children of God.” (Phillips) The full verse says, “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” While we are responsible to take up the rod of prayer, the Holy Spirit picks up the rest of the burden. He “helps” us, which literally means “to take hold of together with.” The famous verse that comes right after this passage is “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” The word “and” in this context clearly shows that all things working together for good is conditional upon our praying with the partnership of the Spirit. It cannot be stressed enough that the good purposes of God are achieved only through the prayer relationship.
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret