God has been speaking to me about prayer lately. It seems that I move from one obsession to another with Him, and for the last several weeks, it’s been prayer. My friend Rachel is blogging about the same subject at her Stirring the Deep website, and I highly recommend a short talk she’s just posted entitled “Factors of Effective Prayer.” I haven’t forgotten my theme of “What God Wants,” but I really do want to share with you what God said to me a couple of days ago about prayer, which prompted the “What I Discovered” post just prior to this one. So, here is my conversation with Him from 1/25/2012:
Me: Lord, how is it that we have been meeting now for three years and yet we see so little progress? We really want You. I think we do . . .
It is your prayerlessness.
Me: But Lord, I don’t understand how to pray. Once I’ve asked You for something, after that it seems like vain repetition to ask over and over again. Should I do that? Is that what You want? It seems odd that You would require that. It seems almost disrespectful to keep pestering You. I don’t understand how this works or what You want me to do.
People talk about praying for hours, interceding, and apparently it works for them, but what do they do? What does it look like? What should it look like? I don’t see a lot of instruction in Your word.
Seek out the prayers in the bible and study them and you will have your answer. In My word is ample instruction on this subject. You have only to look for it, study it, and follow.
But about vain repetitions; this refers to reciting a rote prayer as though it were a magic charm. Such accomplishes nothing. It is indeed vain. However for you to continue to pray and beseech the heavens while yet seeing nothing is not vain. Pray until the answer is seen. This is warfare. This is divine energy flowing — from My Spirit and yours into the heavens and from the heavens back to you — to the earth — the physical realm.
Think of it in terms of a weapons exchange. You give Me your human strength and I, in return, give you My divine power. Think of the lightning. Heaven calls to you and you return your prayer; a powerful response to the stimulus I send you. The sky responds, and as the connection becomes energized, then comes the power; light in the darkness; great and concentrated power to and from the point of the call. The channel allows this exchange.
Me: Lord, that sounds dangerous. No one really knows how that works, and lightning causes destruction, not good things.
Lightning destroys things that are temporal. , and yes, it is dangerous, but it cannot destroy that which is real — that which is eternal.Only the things of this world can be destroyed. Lightning has no effect on gold, pearl, or precious stones. (Obviously this is meant metaphorically.)
Call, and continue to call. It opens a channel to the heavenlies, and a door between the world that is seen and that which is unseen. I have given this power to you, but if all you do is send out weak, halfhearted meeps on occasion, little and little will you see.
Prayer alters the atmosphere. You need to understand this. You MUST call. You are My subversives. You are My revolutionaries. You are the ones I have called. Call back. Call back. Call out to Me and I will show you great and mighty things you do not know.
In Me you have all these things, but aside from Me you have nothing. You are like a power relay connected to nothing. Prayerlessness is powerlessness. Call out to Me and see if I do not respond with frightening power to your cries. Pray. Watch and pray. The storm is coming and will come, but you can hasten it. You can direct the strikes in accord with My will, for it is the Spirit praying in and through you — praying and pleading with unspoken groanings — that does the work. You submit to My Spirit — you provide the human element empowered by heaven — you create (yes, create) the interface with your surrender, your hiding of the spies, your subversive actions against the prince of this present darkness — your connection with Me; and darkness has a hole in its wall for light to rush in.
Soon the dyke must give way, for the dyke holds only when it keeps ALL out. As soon as a little starts to come through, the dyke is doomed, place however many fingers in the hole you will.
You, My people, gather in prayer and pound on that dyke. Deep calls to deep. My Spirit in you all calls out to heaven, and will I not answer with power such as you can only imagine, and that faintly?
Me: Lord, I’ve tried this, and I just can’t pray for hours and hours.
Pray rather for minutes, Child. You don’t just one day wake up and run a marathon. You train. Yes, you must stretch yourself — you must strain — but you cannot expect to run ten miles if you’ve never run one. Neither can you strengthen your running without pain. Nevertheless, My Spirit joins to help in your need, for you do not know how to pray as you ought. Let the Spirit groan within you — not human groanings of private pain (though you may do that as you need), but Spiritual groanings of divine emotion for which you are a channel. If I give you words, then say them, but you supply the channel — you call the lightning — you dig pebbles from the dyke — you are My subversive element within the kingdom of darkness.
You let in My light. Light cleanses, exposes, destroys, and brings LIFE. Light rips the heart of the darkness, the chaos, the void, the virulent nothing, rends it, alters it, destroys and remakes it into a shining radiant, burning seed of light, life, goodness — a glory of all that is LOVE.
This light that comes from heaven alone drives out the darkness and shows people the way. It destroys pathogens, deactivates toxins, and brings about growth. No living thing can long survive without it. Even life in the dark places depends ultimately on light. Have light within yourselves. You get this light by your connection with Me.
Remember the little phosphorescent plastic stars? They will shine for a long time without being exposed to light, but they need some — even dim — light, and that regularly, if they are to glow. Without it, they become dimmer and dimmer and finally wink out.
You have life within yourselves, for My Spirit dwells in you. But if you allow the veil of your flesh to obscure that light, you will be indistinguishable from the darkness. Connect with Me, Daughters; plead with the heavens, Sons. Let the power flow between heaven and earth.