13. AN OBEDIENT HEART PRAYS HUMBLY AND WITH SUBMISSION
God always hears the prayers of a loving man because those prayers are the shadows of His own decrees. The man of obedience is the man whom God will hear because his obedient heart leads him to pray humbly and with submission, for he feels it to be his highest desire that the Lord’s will should be done. Therefore it is that the man of obedient heart prays like a prophet—his prayers are prophecies. Is he not one with God? Does he not desire and ask for exactly what God intends? How can a prayer shot from such a bow ever fail to reach its target? If your soul gets into accord with God’s soul, you will wish God’s own wishes. The difficulty is that we do not keep, as the word is, in rapport with God. But if we did, then we should strike the same note as God strikes and though His would sound like thunder and ours as a whisper, yet there would be a perfect unison—the note struck by prayer on earth would coincide with that which sounds forth from the decrees in heaven.
Again, the man who lives in fellowship with God will assuredly prevail in prayer because, if he dwells in God, and God dwells in him, he will desire what God desires. The believer in communion with the Lord desires man’s good and so does God. He desires Christ’s glory and so does God. He desires the church’s prosperity and so does God. He desires himself to be a pattern of holiness and God desires it Sermon #1103 The Conditions of Power in Prayer Volume 19 www.spurgeongems.org 7 7 too.
If that man at any time has a desire which is not according to God’s will, it is the result of ignorance, seeing that man is but man and not God. Even when he is at the best he must err, but he provides for this defect by the form of his prayer which always has this addendum at the end of it—“Lord, if I have asked in this, my prayer, for anything which is not according to Your mind, I beseech You, do not regard me. And if any wish which I have expressed to You—even though it is the desire which burns in my bosom above all other wishes—is a wish that is not right in Your sight, regard me not, my Father, but, in Your infinite love and compassion, do something better for Your servant than Your servant knows how to ask.”
Now, when a prayer is after that fashion, how can it fail? The Lord looks out of the windows of heaven and sees such a prayer coming to Him, just as Noah saw the dove returning to the ark, and He puts out His hand to that prayer. And as Noah plucked the dove into the ark, so does God pluck that prayer in unto Him and puts it into His own bosom, and says, “You came out of My bosom, and I welcome you back to Me—My Spirit composed you, therefore will I answer you.” And here, again, let us say, our text speaks of the Christian man as being filled with God’s Spirit— “We know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us.” Who knows the mind of a man but the spirit of a man? So, who knows the things of God but the Spirit of God? And if the Spirit of God dwells in us, then He tells us what God’s mind is. He makes intercession in the saints according to the will of God.
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