Jesus wants His house—our bodies—to be a 24-7 house of prayer. Therefore, a solid understanding of praying the way Jesus prayed is an essential cornerstone in living Coram Deo. Much of living coram Deo entails communicating with and keeping in step with Christ’s Spirit. This means we are not just sitting before His face; we are moving! We are carriers of Christ! As His body, we are sent ones carrying Him into situations, doing what He would do if He were here in the flesh. We are His voice, hands, and feet. He says to us, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” (Jn 20:21)
In our marriage with Christ, our vows are mutual; “Wherever you go, I will go.” Where He leads, we go. But the negative of that is true, too: where we will not go, He cannot go. Therefore, the Spirit’s abiding Presence rests on those who are willing to go where the Jesus of the Bible went: to pray for the sick, lonely, lost, and oppressed.
Terry Teykl says in his book Praying Grace, “When we pray, we are grace dispensers. We are compassionate love conduits for God to flow through us. We say, ‘I think your situation can change, God does miracles.’” (Teykl 2002) Compassionate prayer is embracing their problem as if it is our problem. He goes on to say the Holy Spirit inspires within us the abilities of Jesus, so we can be his branches. We don't have to produce anything or make anything happen, we just usher people straight into the Father's Presence in prayer and let the author of life touch their needs. The pressure is off us, because He's the one who provides. We are not the source of power, we are just the conducting agents through which that power flows. We are conduits of grace connected strategically to both God and the need:
“Jesus did not come to let us taste the wonders of heaven, only to lock them away forever when he left. No! He came that we might have life abundant right now. He prayed to the Father, ‘Your kingdom come and be established on this earth just like it is in heaven.’ And then he showed us that our job in the process is to pray, inviting God to move and work in our lives and the lives of those around us. We are called to be branches of this same Jesus, bearing [the same] fruit in His name.” (Teykl 2002)
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret