Prayer Part 1

Prayer Part 1 – Empty yourself of yourself

Do you know what it means to empty yourself? It means whatever you think of yourself, deny it. If you think of yourself as a good person, deny it. If you think of yourself as a loving person, deny it. If you think of yourself as spiritual, deny it.

The fact is, that as a Christian, you are no longer anything positive of yourself. That is the only way to give yourself over to the completeness of the Holy Spirit in you. If any man be in Christ, he is a new person, old things are passed away, all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

We cannot please God in the flesh

Romans 8:8-9 (KJV)
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

The first prayer of my daily prayer life should be to deny any good thing in me as anything other than what the Holy Spirit is in me. Why? Because whatever good feelings about who or what I am is still a source of pride. Pride is sin.

Pray for effectiveness and fervency in your prayer. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16 The prayer that pleases God is the prayer that is fervent. What is a fervent prayer? It is a prayer from the heart, not from memory, not from feelings, not from what I’ve written down but, because I want God to hear and answer.

Too many times I pray because I like to hear myself be humble before God. That also is a point of pride.

The prayer that God hears and answers is that which is prompted by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 (NIV)  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express  I don’t completely understand that but I believe it because God’s word says it.

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