Jesus willed it to be so, demonstrated the reality and paid the atonement for the need of all mankind; living separated from the Father and His Spirit of Holiness. Jesus is the Father’s gift of grace – planned, prepared and provided before the foundation of the earth. Through Jesus’ participation of “obedience unto death,” the shedding of His own blood, we are offered the New Testament covenant; the call of reconciliation to the Father and the gift of the Father’s promised Holy Spirit. With His seal we have the guarantee of knowing Jesus, receiving all we need for a holy life of faith, loyally abiding IN His holy love and living with unbroken Spirit-filled intimacy through a life of prayer (Ephesians 1-3, John 17).
Prayer is not our work. Prayer is the intended privilege of ceaseless, intimate and sacred communion between the Spirit of the Divine God and the spirit of man living as one, through the indwelling presence of God. Just like Jesus, we can know the Father’s will, accept the way of the cross and allow the Spirit to do His work. When invited, the present Holy Spirit of Father and Son, alive, pure, powerful and faithful, works perfectly in and through the likes of you and me.
To us, whom He created from the dust of His ground, God the Father’s one intention has been and always will be to set us dusty clay pots apart as His most precious and priceless possession for the resting place of His presence and to live in the precious likeness of intimacy demonstrated in the communion of The Father and Son. This is a truth we can not comprehend nor live without the blood of Jesus and His Spirit. Even then it will take all of eternity to grasp and enjoy what He has prepared for those who believe and abide loyally IN Him: a thankful life of ceaseless prayer!
The Father continually calls me to draw near in His presence. From His watchful eye, He offers the path of righteousness, a life of truth, the counsel of wisdom and the comfort of His selfless love. Jesus lives to pray for us and invites us to participate in this secret to the mystery of the gospel. Prayer is not a compartment of covenant holy living; prayer is the active reality of covenant living- life IN the Spirit of Father and Son. Our response will affect the entire world.
Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal… This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. John 6: 27-29
Your calling is to Himself: John 6:45; Acts 2:39
Your work is to believe: John 6:29
Your privilege is to pray: I Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2
Your ministry is to overflow his presence: John 7:37,38
Find Him in the Word! – John 5:39
Know Him in His Spirit! – Ephesians 2:18,19; I John 4:13; I John 5:20
Live in Him through prayer! – I Thessalonians 5:17
Share Him through the overflow! – Romans 5: 5; Luke 24:46-49
and the enjoyment of His fellowship in prayer!
II Corinthians 13:14