Over the years as a born again believer I’ve come to realize something; especially about myself and prayer. There is a vast difference in what I prayer out loud that people might hear and, what I might be saying to my Lord from the depths of my heart. Does anyone else feel this same way?
I heard a true story from a pastor once that had taken a stand from his pulpit. One family in his Church disagreed with his stand and stopped attending Church. The pastor went to each household seeking to get them to reconsider their position. This to no avail. As time moved foward the ( head of the family ) which was the father of the grown children got very sick. He was in the hospital and, they didn’t know whether he would live or not.
The family called this same pastor; desiring that he come and pray for their father. When the pastor got to the hospital room, the whole family was there; very concerned about their father. The man was deathly sick. His family shared with the pastor all they new to say about his sickness, The pastor listened as they spoke to him. When they had finished, the pastor asked the old man if he wanted him to pray for him? The man replied; yes.
AS the pastor began to pray thanking God for the family, he began to bring in their spiritual condition and saying, Lord, My desire is to see this family in perfect fellowship with you. Their father is sick and possibly next to death. Lord, I pray whatsoever it takes, if you have to take this man; at that; the old man stopped him from praying. He said, pastor, I don’t want you to pray that prayer. The pastor replied; sir, it doesn’t matter whether you stop me from praying out loud or not, my prayer has already been ( whatsoever it takes ) to bring your family back into fellowship with the Lord. At that, the pastor got up to leave and, reminded them all that he would continue to pray as he had.
I’d like to point out one other thing here; who was this family actually following? Even if the pastor was completely wrong; you mean to tell me that every member of that family felt exactly the same? This is something that happens often in Churches. Without realizing it, we follow people, even pastors and never even consider what God the Spirit is trying to say to us.
The elderly man got well and, they all came back to Church. The point is that this pastor didn’t just pray words to make those people feel good. The Bible tells us that ( the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much )!
( James 5:16 )
CONFESS YOUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER, AND PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, THAT YE MAY BE HEALED. THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.
I often wonder if we, as Church members have made our Churches and our prayer lives into an extention of the hospital’s emergency rooms. In the true story I just shared with you, let’s consider! In every sense of the word; this pastor was concerned about the ( spiritual wellbeing ) of this family, not the physical. We could make the argument that the pastor was wrong about the stand he took. Also, that the family didn’t need to go to his Church or, any Church. However, true prayer is always going to be a communication between a person and God the Father. With that in mind, the spiritual aspect will always be first and formost.
Man can always be seen as wrong. Man is and, always will be imperfect. However, if you meet a person that is truly concerned about your spiritual wellbeing over any physical problem you might have then that can be seen as a true spiritual communication line between that person and God the Father.
( In my opinion ) most of the prayers we hear, God the Father pays little attention to. Why would I say that? Because, in reality; we are not speaking in terms that even gets God attention! Let me use an example of what I’m saying. In ( Acts 1 ); look at this prayer:
( Acts 1:24 )
AND THEY PRAYED, AND SAID, THOU, LORD,WHICH KNOWEST THE HEARTS OF ALL MEN, SHEW WHETHER OF THESE TWO THOU HAST CHOSEN, ( 25 ) THAT HE MAY TAKE PART OF THIS MINISTERY AND APOSTLESHIP, FROM WHICH JUDAS BY TRANSGRESSION FELL THAT HE MIGHT GO TO HIS OWN PLACE,
Here, we’re focusing on the the phrase ( they prayed ). Would you mind explaining to me why God would hear and answer this prayer? Hadn’t God, in the body of the risen Jesus Christ already given them instruction to ( go to Jerusalem and wait )?
( ( Luke 24:49 )
AND, BEHOLD, I SEND THE PROMISE OF MY FATHER UPON YOU: BUT TARRY YE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, UNTIL YE BE ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.
Far too often we act and get ahead of God and the leadership of his Spirit. Just as these Apostles did. The reason is that we desire physical control of spiritual matters and, that cannot be! Also, far too often we are not willing to pay the spiritual price it takes to bring about true spiritual change.
Pether was exactly right when he made the statements that led up to them picking an Apostle in ( Acts 1 ) There truly needed to be twelve of them, Jesus had told them that in ( Matthew 19:28 ); but Jesus himself does the chosing of whom those men will be. Now, who was the man Jesus Christ chose to be that Apostle? We leearn that in ( Acts 9 ). However there was a tremendous price paid by a man to bring that about.
That brings us to another prayer! As far as I can see; this is the second prayer recorded in the ( Book of Acts ). In :
( Acts 7 ) where Stephen had just preached a very powerful message to people that didn’t have a desire to hear truth. Because he preached this message; he was stoned to death. Just before he died, look at the prayer he prayed:
( Acts 7:60 )
AND HE KNEELED DOWN, AND CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, LORD, LAY NOT THIS SIN TO THEIR CHARGE. AND WHEN HE HAD SAID THIS, HE FELL ASLEEP.
If you’ll go back a little and read you will see where Stephen actually seen the glory of God and Jesus standing at his right side. ( Acts7:55 ). What’s the difference in the two prayers? Stephen was filled with the Holy Ghost. Now, I’m sure he, like the rest of us had a desire to live but, he willingly preached what God laid on his heart, gave himself to God’s glory. The man that would become ( the twelieth Apostle ) was there and, the men that stoned Stephen laid their coats at his feet.
His name at the time was ( Saul ). He became the ( Apostle Paul ). We also see in scripture that he had a hard time getting the rest of the Apostles to believe he was truly an Apostle.
I only make this point to show a difference in two seperate prayers and true results from the prayers we pray. So, let’s make some points here. Why did the eleven Apostles have to cast lots to decide who they thought the Apostlse should be? Why wasn’t it as simple as God the Father communicating with the men he had chosen? Isn’t true prayer as simple as ( a believer ) talking to his savior? I use these two examples of prayer to show the difference in any person praying as inspired by God’s Holy Spirit and, when the Spirit of God is not present.
While I know that God”s Spirit can be heard in a prayer when it’s prayed out loud, I also know that we often are just going through a motion when we are ask to pray out loud for different things such at meal time. It can also be the same way when we pray simply speaking to God from our hearts; that is, if we are not truly seeking God’s will when we pray.
Personally, I believe we can pray in ignorance as a child might not knowing or understanding what they are asking for. ( I believe ) the eleven Apostles did this. They were seeking or, desiring for Jesus to soon return and establish his kingdom on this earth at that time. They were seeking to have things prepared in their mind for that to happen. They didn’t understand at that time that God, by his Spirit, the Spirit he had promised was to usher in the Gentiles as well as the Jews.
Aren’t we often guilty of the very same ignorance, just seeking our own will when it concerns cetain people or desires? As I look at these two aspects of prayer; I think of parents and their own personal dessire for their children to be saved, born again. When you consider the two prayers we see here; are you willing to pay whatsoever price it takes to see the salvation of others, not just your children or, do you simply desire things like you want them to be?
We pray for our own children to be saved, we do the obvious, we take them to Church, enrole them in Sunday School, youth groups and so on. However, we never go about to witness to a lost and dying world; proving that we are more concerned about our own desires more than the true will of God. We can see within our own selves the difference in the prayers of the eleven Apostles and the prayer of Stephen.
Without being able to prove what I’m saying, ( I believe ) that the choice that the Apostles made in the very beginning and, the inability of some of them to see their wrong brought about some false teaching in the early Church that still stands today. Even if every one of the Apostles at some point seen the error and sought to correct it, the damage in some cases had been done in the minds of some people.
True prayer will always be as inspired by the Spirit of God and, truly seeking God’s will no matter what we have to face in our lives. Isaiah, talking to the Lord when the Lord asked a question, replied this ( Then said I, here am I, send me! ) The voice of the Lord had asked ( Whom shall I send )? ( Isaiah 6:8 )
If you will read the next few verses, you will see that what Isaiah had just said he would go do would not be a pleasant task! We sit in out perspective Churches Sunday after Sunday. We hear a sermon, even prayer that Basically God the Father has nothing to do with. Why? Because God’s Spirit is not a part of what is being preached or prayed!
The prophets that were speaking to Israel were making their ears tingle. They said basically what made the people feel good. ( I believe ) that far too often, even in our Churches we pray to the ( god of this world ) and we don’t even realize it. Often what we consider ( true prayer ) is a prayer that is offered for our own personal gain and has nothing to do with God the Father or, his will. We even rejoice when the ( god of this world ) answers our prayer not even realizing the contempt we just brought to God the Father.
While seeking to define ( true prayer ) I’d like to teach my understanding of:
( James 5:16 )
CONFESS YOUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER, AND PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, THAT YE MAY BE HEALED. THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.
In these verses we often use what it’s saying as a verse for the healing of the flesh. We like to say that ( the effectual fervent prayer availeth much ). However, if we read this chapter it has nothing to do with the sickness of the flesh. It’s all about spiritual affliction and sickness. The healing has to do with the healing of the soul from sin. ( The effectual fervant prayer ) is designed to bring the sinful condition of a man’s heart to the forefront of his thinking and a desire for that man to be spiritually healed from who and what he is.
As a matter of fact, ( effectual prayer ) might be the reason for sickness in the flesh. While a righteous man is praying for ( whatever it takes ) to bring about ( spiritual healing ), those that might be praying to the ( god of this world ) is praying for ( physical healing ). And, it’s very possible that ( the things of this world ) doctors, medicines and so on might heal the body of that person but, don’t they still have to die at some point?
We very often confuse those two aspects of our lives; ( spiritual and physical ). Do we realize that a man that doesn’t even consider what God’s will is can be helped by the doctors and medicines of this world? That’s not to say that Godly people are not blessed by the same things but, we must see people for what they are and, pray for their spiritual condition first and foremost as ( fervent prayer warriors ). If not, we are not being spiritual at all.
Now, I want you to look at something with me. Let’s read:
( verse 7 )
BE PATIENT THEREFORE, BRETHREN, UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD.
What is he saying here? This coming has to do with the Spirit of God moving upon the heart of a man or person. If you will notice the verses before this one you will see he is describing people of this world and what they believe to be their riches. However, they are not riches at all! He even says that what you have will be a witness against you. It will eat your flesh as it were fire. Notice this verse:
( Verse 5 )
YOU HAVE LIVED IN PLEASURE ON THE EARTH, AND BEEN WANTON, YOU HAVE NOURISHED YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE DAY OF SLAUGHTER.
He saying that these people have basically had things like they desired; not considering the end product. However, he makes the point that ( the husbandman ) waits for the precious fruit of the earth and, has long patience for it, waiting for the early and latter rain.
This is a metaphor of what a ( prayer warrior ) must be willing to do. When a farmer plants seeds in the ground he must wait and allow things to progress that he might reap the fruit thereof. In the real world, there’s nothing else he can do. That is; unless he chooses to just place artificial fruit on the table to look upon.
In the process of reaping true fruit; it takes work, patience and simply waiting to see the things as they grow. In our spiritual lives we often try to say our prayers are answered when we atrificially create ( Godly circumstanses ). Let’s say we pray for a sick person, that person’s situation gets better but, that person spiritually remains the same. Can you see how their physical condition being ( made better ) ( by our prayer ) could be seen as a hinderance to their actual ( spiritual condition )? Even praying selfishly for the salvation of our friends and children can be seen the same way.
I desire to see my children join Church, get baptized. I ask our Church to pray about that. We also created ( worldly things ) other than the simple preaching under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to enhance this effort. My children desire to be a part so, they say they believe in Jesus Christ, get baptized and join Church. We are excited about that. However, were they truly born again? or, did they just get caught up in a ( worldly situation ) that was actually not a part of the ( effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man )?
Can you see how that allowing spiritual things to unfold in an ungodly world might be more beneficial to those we love rather than being impatient and just creating what appears to be salvation? I use children because I can see how we like for our children to make us look good. We like to have people around us, especially if we are Church members; to see only good things out of our homes. We like to be seen as perfect. We raise our children in Church, we; like every other parent say we pray for our children’s salvation.
One day when they go down to the alter, they profess faith and so on, then, as far as everyone sees, they live just like we live. Therefore ( God answered our prayers ). When; in reality was it the ( god of this world ) that answered our prayer?
Now, let’s use some scripture to prove my point.
( Luke 15: 11-12 )
AND HE SAID, A CERTAIN MAN HAD TWO SONS: ( 12 ) AND THE YOUNGER OF THEM SAID TO HIS FATHER, FATHER, GIVE ME THE PORTION OF GOODS THAT FALLETH TO ME. AND HE DIVIDED UNTO THEM HIS LIVING.
I’d like to take this passage, not just these two verses but, the whole accout of what we see concerning what we call the prodigal son and make the point about ( true prayer ) if I can. One of the first things to notice is that there are ( two sons ) the older and the younger. In a spiritual sense; that can be seen as a picture of every person that is ever born. That is; if we are born again. The elder is a type of our fleshly bodies. The younger is our spiritual being; being born at a later time.
However, we see in scripture that the father gave ( them ) all his living. I take that to mean that he gave both his sons all he had. Both sons made a choice of which they would do with what he had given them. In the sense of being two people; we all have a ( God consciousness ) that is, even if we don’t recognize him as our savior. Our inner man desires to help each of us in our flesh to ( come to ourselves ) yielding our bodies to the will of God.
That is the picture we see in these two sons. I realize that we don’t see where this father ever prayed for his sons, however; we do know that he was with the elder son each day, he seen him prosper in all thay had as time went by. He didn’t even know where the younger son was.
We have the priviledge of seeing our children the very same way. We can watch their lives and see all the good things they do and the bad mistakes they make but, we can’t see the true spiritual part of their lives until they are willing to reveal them to us. ( True prayer ) is the power to pray for that change in people and, to be willing to wait on God as he brings about that change. The change that cause each of us to surrender our flesh to the will of the ( Father ).
If you will notice, there was no change in the elder son at all. That is, until the father begin to bless the younger son. At that point we can see the true heart of the elder son and, the great difference in the mindset of the two sons as time went foward.
I show this to try and point out the heart of the father and, how it might relate to true prayer. The father could have assumed that the eldest son was right with God in his heart. He could have thought that the youngest son needed to make some spiritual changes in his life. The truth is and, we see it as it unfolds; they both had spiritual problems.
Another point is ( the price that has to be paid ). The father gave ( all his living ) for his two sons. Didn’t Stephen give ( all his living ) for Saul to be saved? Can you see how that Stephen could have looked at Saul and thought; this is a righteous man, very religious. Since that was the case; Stephen could have chosen to just simply not say a word. However, was it not God’s Spirit that was speaking far above the flesh of Stephen?
Far too often we look at the flesh, the actions of people around us and assume they are where God desires for them to be. We even pray prayers to relate to what we might think instead of even considering the Spirit of God.
So, with this being said and, seeking to understand what ( true prayer ) is, let’s see if we can find the very divine nature of God the Father. True prayer is seeking that divine nature and, allowing it to act out in our lives. We looked at ( James 5:16 ). We made the point that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man might just be the reason a person is sick. Let’s take it a step farther.
( 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 )
FOR HE THAT EATETH AND DRINKETH UNWORTHILY, EATETH AND DRINKETH DAMNATION TO HIMSELF, NOT DISCERNING THE LORD’S BODY. ( 30 ) FOR THIS CAUSE MANY ARE WEAK AND SICKLY AMONG YOU, AND MANY SLEEP.
As we read these verses; including ( James 5:16 ), prayer is designed between any person and God the Father to bring about spiritual change in the hearts of people. There’s no such thing as any person being perfectly free from sin. However, any person can obtain the very divine nature of God with their heart with a true desire to see people ( lost and saved ) to reach that same divine nature.
I often make this statement: If I look at you and Judge you to be born again; am I not judging you just like I’d be if I judged you yo be lost? Any spiritual person understands that we can’t know what’s in a person heart. ( I believe ) that every message any pastor preaches should be viewed as to every person in his Church as possibly being lost. Common sense will tell us that every person can grow spiritually as long as they live. Therefore, every message should run the spectrum from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to seeking to feed the most spiritual in the Church.
The spiritual communication between any spiritual person and God the Father will never be simply about the healing of the flesh. It will always be about the spiritual relationship between a person and God the Father. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t pray for the healing of the flesh but, to always have a desire to see a spiritual difference in the lives of people moving foward.
When you consider yourself as a born again believer; just how real do you believe God is? Just what do you think he’s capable of? How willing are you to allow him to decide the fate, the life span of every person on this earth;even yours?
As a born again believer, prayer is all about life, period. That life being eternal. Eternal life must have a beginning. It begins with being born again. It’s not only about life but, life more abundantly. Another statement I make a lot is this. Just because God will save you ( just as you are ) does not mean he will allow you to say ( just as you are ).
The fervent prayer of a righteous person will always be about you leaving where you are in a spiritual sense and seeking the divine nature of God the Father. My flesh, our flesh is of this world. God the Father is seeking to allow his Spirit to control everything our flesh does. If we go back and consider the flesh of Stephen. In the mind of God; he used the destruction of the flesh of Stephen for the spiritual transformation of a man named Saul. Although Stephen might have died at a relative young age, his death can be credited with every person that has ever been saved through the ministry and writings of The Apostle Paul. So, the question would be as far as your flesh is concerned; what do you want the most? What do you pray for? Would you rather die at a young age with the blessings of God on your life or, live a long life; never pleasing God the Father?
Do we even consider God’s will in any situation when we offer up a prayer to heaven? There’s a vast difference in what we see with our eyes, our emotional connection to our prayer life and what God the Father actually sees in every situation. What we fail to understand is this fact:
( 2 Peter 3:9 )
THE LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME MEN COUNT SLACKNESS; BUT IS LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.
God sent his Holy Spirit into this world. His desire is for every person to hear that spirit and, yield to that Spirit. I could argue that the very life span of every person is directly related to God’s desire to bring people to him. We could also say that when men reject the call of God’s spirit it places him on very dangerous ground as far as where he will spend eternity:
( John 3:36 )
HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE: AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.
So, when we consider the ( fervent prayer of a righteous man ) what all can that man see? First of all; no person can see the heart of any other person. We are limited in our understanding of every other person’s heart. Men that are fervent in their prayer have the same heartfelt desire to see salvation to every person just as God does. Those people that fervently pray also understand that God’s Spirit will not force himself on any person. But, if a person has rejected God’s call then. they themselves place themselves in the situation that they are in.
Now, besides this there are at least two other groups of people. There are those that truly seek to walk where God asked them to and, those that are ( born again ) but choose to live carnal lives. Look at these verses:
( Hebrews 12:6-8 )
FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH. ( 7 ) IF YE ENDURE CHASTENING, GOD DEALETH WITH YOU AS WITH SONS; FOR WHAT SON IS HE WHOM THE FATHER CHASTENETH NOT? ( 8 ) BUT IF YE BE WITHOUT CHASTISEMENT, WHEREOF ALL ARE PARTAKERS, THEN YE ARE BASTARDS, AND NOT SONS.
Can you see the two groups of people within these verses? If carnal people choose to live as they please then, God the Father is going to ( chasten them ). If they can live as they please without that chastening then he’s saying they are ( bastards ). God is not their father.
A true prayer warrior understands that we cannot see the true heart of any person therefore, we trust God’s dicisions in how their lives unfold. Every verse we have read points to how God the Father sees people and their relationship with him. Things we cannot see. His will is for all of us to stand before prepared to do so. That is; in salvation and our spiritual maturity as well.
We like to look at people and decide in our own minds whether that are where God desires for them to be or not. We like to say people are saved or, people are lost depending on what we see. We often; because of this, ask God for things that cannot or, should not be.
Actually, ( James 4 ) addresses this. The chapter just before we read about the ( prayer of a righteous man ). Personally, ( I believe ) our Church leadership and pastors do their congregations a great disservice by not revealing these facts to their congregations and, leaving them in complete ( true prayer ) ignorance. Look at what he is saying in:
( James 4:4 )
YE ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES, KNOW YE NOT THAT THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD?
I’d like to use this one verse and, possibly build around what he is saying here. In the mind of most of the people that might read this verse they automatically assume that he is speaking to people; mem and women that commit adultery. However, that is not the case. He is speaking of ( Spiritually adultery ) and that by those that say they are married to him by salvation but, are still in love with the things of this world. As I say that; he is also specifically speaking of the things in our prayer life, the things we ask for.
I know that what I’m about to say can be seen as very deep spiritual thinking. However, I believe it is very important to see these things as we seek to learn about ( true prayer ). Prayer that reaches the heart of God and, changes the spiritual aspects of the people we are praying for. To whom is James speaking as he writes this complete letter? It’s two things we see as we ponder that question. First, he speaking to the ( twelve tribes ) that are scattered abroad. That’s his people in the nation of Israel. Secondly, the mentions ( brethren ). We see these two groups of people in ( James 1:1-2 ).
As I looked at this I realized that; as I speak to every person that reads this, I can be seen in the very same ( spiritual light). James was a born again believer, he was also an Israelite. I, am a born again believer. I’m speaking to the Church. In both cases only the Holy Spirit can know for sure who ( the brethren ) are; the people that are truly born again. However, the message goes to all those that will listen. ( You have not because you ask not ),( when you do ask; you ask amiss ). ( You ask that ye may consume it upon your lust ).
He says or, calls them ( adulterers and adulteresses ) meaning that they are truly born again but, living and praying of this world. I say this. In the average local Church, there are a lot of people lost, never been truly born again. There are some that are members that are saved, born again but, in love with the things of this world. Add, there are a very few that are actually sold out to the true will og God. That is the same picture James seen as he looked at the Nation of Israel.
Notice one other point he makes in ( James 4 ). ( From whence come wars and fightings among you )? ( Come they not hence, even of your own lusts that war in your members )? ( A Church ) is a body. It’s no difference than you own personal body. We have to truly seek to ( die to our flesh ) in order to seek to pray true prayers that reach the heart of God the Father.
Just as a side note: If a man refuses to be the head of his house, surrendering himself to the will of God, Can he be seen as committing ( spiritual adultery )? If a wife refuses to submit to her husband, a man seeking to follow the leadership of God, can she be seen as committing ( spiritual adultery )?
A Church can be just like any one individual. That Church or individual can become ( their own worst enemy ). We do that by yielding to the desires of our flesh and, when this happens, true prayer is hard to come by. With that being said; if we’re not careful we’ll become content ( just as we are ) and start believing we are blessed by God when he actually has nothing to do with what we are calling blessings from him.
As we look at all these scriptures, ( 1 Corinthians 11 ) there are many weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. ( Hebrews 12 ) If ye are without chastising the ye are bastards and not sons. ( James 4-5 ) the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much ), can you see that God isn’t playing when it comes to our relationship with him or our prayer life?
One more verse and I’ll close:
( 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 )
KNOW YE NOT THATTHEY WHICH RUN IN A RACE RUN ALL, BUT ONE RECEIVETH THE PRIZE? SO RUN, THAT YE MAY OBTAIN. ( 25 ) AND EVERY MAN THAT STRIVETH FOR THE MASTERY IS TEMPERATE IN ALL THINGS. NOW THEY DO IT TO OBTAIN A CORRUPTIBLE CROWN; BUT WE AN INCORRUPTIBLE. ( 26 ) I THEREFORE SO RUN, NOT AS UNCERTAINTY; SO FIGHT I, NOT AS ONE THAT BEATETH THE AIR: ( 27 ) BUT I KEEP UNDER MY BODY, AND BRING IT INTO SUBJECTION: LEST THAT BY ANY MEANS, WHEN I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS, I MYSELF SHOULD BECOME A CASTAWAY.
The ability to pray ( true prayer ) has to be taught and understood. God’s desire is to truly bless every person upon the face of this earth but, he is a jealous God and very demanding of his children in a spiritual sense. The Apostle Paul here is saying that ( he ) is responsible for his own spiritual life. ( He ) and he alone knows where he is walking in a spiritual light with God the Father. It becomes the responsibility of each born again believer to ( bring themselves ) under the sujection of the Holy Spirit of God that we might be able to pray and understand the true will of God.
In our Church, just as in the Nation of Israel; every person can think you are a gift from God and, every member of your Church can highly esteen one another but, if God is not pleased with you then all your words become ( a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol in his presence!
In closing. a true prayer warrior’s prayers that he or she prays in private when no one hears but God is probably the most powerful of his prayers. For instance; As I now pray for each person that might read this, I pray that in every situation ( whatsoever ) it might take to bring you, as a believer to the center of God’s will, that including every member of your family; I ask God the do that at his will that we all might stand before God prepared to do so. I also ask you to pray the very same prayer for me and my family. All in the Name Above all Names Jesus Christ!