Fainting in Prayer?: Streams in the Desert, July 20, 2013

Seeing then that we have a great high Priest… Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need    (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Our great Helper in prayer is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father, our Great High Priest, whose chief ministry for us these centuries has been intercession and prayer. He it is who takes our imperfect petitions from our hands, cleanses them from their defects, corrects their faults, and then claims their answer from His Father on His own account and through His all-atoning merits and righteousness.

Brother, are you fainting in prayer? Look up. Your blessed Advocate has already claimed your answer, and you would grieve and disappoint Him if you were to give up the conflict in the very moment when victory is on its way to meet you. He has gone in for you into the inner chamber, and already holds up your name upon the palms of His hands; and the messenger, which is to bring you your blessing, is now on his way, and the Spirit is only waiting your trust to whisper in your heart the echo of the answer from the throne, “It is done.”
–A. B. Simpson

The Spirit has much to do with acceptable prayer, and His work in prayer is too much neglected. He enlightens the mind to see its wants, softens the heart to feel them, quickens our desires after suitable supplies, gives clear views of God’s power, wisdom, and grace to relieve us, and stirs up that confidence in His truth which excludes all wavering.

Prayer is, therefore, a wonderful thing. In every acceptable prayer the whole Trinity is concerned.
–J. Angell James

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  1. Isaiah 65:24

    Before they call I will answer, before they speak I will hear.

    Elohim,
    You anticipate our voice. We desire Your answer according to the great riches of understanding and love that You want to endow into Your Holy answer. We can request without doubt or fear of silence. We can learn that Your Way is perfect and Your timing exact. You delight in Your children and nothing is impossible for You. Hide us in the ever present love of Your Spirit Who guides us into all Truth. We have seen in Scripture the power of compassion and mercy that flows from the Son. He went about doing good healing the afflicted. There is no God like our God.

    His character is sure. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. May we dwell in the presence of Your attention. May we see the mighty hand of God save now.

    For the readers of this blog Lord, I ask You take their attention and fix it upon the Fact of Truth Who knows our weakness. Bring the faith that solidifies acceptance of Your design in our exclusive existence that will bring You glory for not only what You can do, but will also allow for our benefit that we might grow more into the image of sanctified children. Teach us that sorrow and pain draw us to You to increase our faith and dependence. Help us endure that we may learn the Great God’s perfect intention. Thank You that we can be grateful in the midst knowing we have the Comforter promised by Jesus when he ascended not leaving us orphans. Thank you that He is all-knowing and acquainted with our grief. We kneel bowed at this Throne that hears petitions, that answers without error, and equips our lives with spiritual patience to the conclusion, the promise of the Heavenly reward.

    Give us refreshing rest in the trial and increasing assurance through time filled with a holy attitude that will reveal who we joyfully trust.

    Your Name is our strong tower.
    We love You Lord Amen

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