“I don’t get why we have to pray all the time. Pray without ceasing? Who can do that?” I asked the Seer. In his teachings each week at the Mission he had been stressing the importance of prayer.
“You are right. A man can’t do that,” he said.
I was shocked that he would concede this point so quickly. “I know the word says that we are to be ‘praying always,’ but I’ve tried, and I just can’t do it.”
“You won’t be able to do these requests that the Father has made of us concerning prayer, in your current way of thinking,” the Seer said. “That is why you are perfectly correct when you say, ‘I can’t do it. Nobody can.'”
“Then why does God tell us to do something that’s impossible to do?”
“Ah,” the Seer said knowingly, smiling kindly at me. “This is where the error of your thinking manifests itself. The Master Himself said, ‘With God all things are possible.’ Also, the apostle Paul said, ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.'”
“I don’t get it. You have taught that the last piece of the armor of God in Ephesians 6 is ‘praying always.’ I just don’t see how it works.” He could see, I am sure, my frustration, for I really had tried to do it.
“Look. You left out the most important part of that verse. It says, ‘Praying always…in the Spirit.’ Christ is alive evermore and He through His Spirit is interceding for us all. He is the High Priest, and His prayers will be answered, believe me. But Christ is not just praying for us; He desires to pray through us. When you let go of the sensation that it is you that’s doing the praying and believe that it is Christ in you who is doing the praying, then you’ll get somewhere.”
“‘Christ in us, the hope of glory…'”
“For, you see, the key to praying like God wants us to pray is to believe that it is ‘no longer I that lives, but Christ that lives in me.’ How does Christ live in us? By His Spirit that He has given us. We must first truly believe that we have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in our hearts. Then we must believe that it is the Spirit of Christ in us praying–not us praying in our own little strength.”
“We’ve got to get out of the way and let His Spirit in us do the praying?”
“Yes, and everything else. Paul said, ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’
“It always goes back to faith in God,” I said.
“Always. Faith is looking to and believing in the Invisible. You can’t see the Holy Spirit of Christ in you, and yet, you still believe that He lives within you, and that it is no longer ‘you’ that lives in your body, the temple of God. Let the High Priest pray through you, intercede through you. We are to be God’s kings and priests, and this is how you do it. But it takes faith.”
“Yes. Lots of it,” I said.
“This solves your original frustration about how do we ‘pray without ceasing’ and ‘praying always.’ In man’s strength, it is impossible, but the Spirit of Christ lives on, earnestly desiring to pray through another son and daughter of God, yearning for them to get the revelation that through His Spirit, they can be priests unto God in His wonderful kingdom of righteousness, which is reigning spriritually now in the hearts of God’s children, but soon will be expanded upon Christ’s return to the whole earth. Remember: Christ will definitely get His prayers answered. Let Him through His Spirit pray through you and you’ll have your prayers answered every time.”
“So what does Christ pray for?”
“It is pretty much summarized through His model prayer, known as the Lord’s Prayer. But you have to strip away the old leaven associated with that prayer, for the wicked one has made it into a ritual and an incantation. But more on this later.” KWH [For more on what Christ prayed for, go to the “Archives” at the bottom of the left hand column under “June and July of 2008”]