When Chris mentioned, activating Prayer in the video, it started me thinking. What does it mean to activate prayer?
Jesus declared, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I believe that activating prayer begins with this posture. When we love our God with every passion of our hearts; when our thoughts are consumed by His Word and when our energies are spent on Him, this is the abiding that Jesus speaks about in John 15:7.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Here is where prayer is activated. In this place of union with Christ, where His Words live powerfully within us, Jesus said that whatever we desire will be done.
It’s because in this place, our prayers are His prayers, our desires are His desires. There is no religious duty – only a love relationship with Him.
We pray from a posture of humility. We know that His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. We listen for His leading and then agree with Him in prayer. This place of humility reinforces His greatness and increases thankfulness and adoration in our hearts.
We also pray from a posture of devotion. We want to gaze on His beauty.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”
David wanted to know Him more. Devotion to the Word is directly linked to knowing Him more. God will speak when we read the Bible. Our hearts and minds are transformed by the washing of the water of the Word. This is the abiding of the Word in our hearts that Jesus speaks about in John 15:7. This abiding makes as Holy and blameless. As the Word washes us, we become his radiant bride, without spot or wrinkle. Then we can ask whatever we desire and it will be done.
“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.”