The Throne Ministry (continued)
In the Spirit (continued)
The Godhead ordained in the Counsels of Eternity Past that the Holy Spirit would be the Anointing Power that energized the Father's Purpose in the Son, Christ Jesus our Lord. It was also decided, for reasons beyond our understanding, that one of the means ordained to bring about God's Full Purpose would be prayer, prayer prayed in the Spirit, prayer that is energized by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, "ALL PRAYER" is the whole of eternal prayer, prayers which were ordained by God to be uttered by the Holy Spirit through willing vessels at the proper time, and in the exact season, and in the right measure, which when they are uttered, whether in the past, present, or the future, these prayers are destined of God to bring about His Eternal Purpose In the Christ. These are prayers that defeat the enemy, prepare the way for the lost to be saved, and build up believers in the most holy faith. These are prayers that will accomplish God's End through His Way and bring forth the New Creation in which Christ is ALL, and IN ALL. These are eternal prayers prayed by the Holy Spirit Himself through willing vessels, earthen vessels, who make intercession in the Spirit throughout the ages according to the will of God:
And Moses said: "Now therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, shew me now Thy Way, that I may know Thee ..." (Exodus 33:13).
And Joshua: "fell on his face to the earth, and did worship and said unto Him, 'What saith my Lord unto His servant?' " (Joshua 5:14).
And Samuel prayed: "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way ..." (1 Samuel 12:23).
And David uttered: "The Lord is my Shepherd ..." (Psalm 23:1).
And Esther declared: "and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish" (Esther 4:16).
And Peter entreated: "But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and eve" (1 Peter 5:10, 11).
And John said: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I Am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last ...' " (Revelation 1:10, 11).
Beloved, the above prayers are portions of Eternal Prayers which have continued to produce God's End through His Way throughout the ages. Let us realize that we too have joined that great company of intercessors who have participated as willing vessels in the Throne Ministry of our Lord. We too have become vessels used by God through the energy of His Holy Spirit to speak out from the Throne the Eternal Words that are designed to bring about His Full Purpose In the Christ. Eternal Words prayed in and by the Holy Spirit, Eternal Words which are always in accordance with the Written Word of God. Thus, when these words are uttered in the Spirit, they become a living and vital force of God to bring about His End through His Way.
Father, we thank YOU for such an opportunity - for it is such a privilege to be a part of this ministry which ascends up before You for Your use; and becomes, in some marvelous and incomprehensible way, mingled with the fragrant spices of our Lord's Crushed Life upon that golden altar; the altar of our Great High Priest, our Saviour and our Lord, Christ Jesus. Oh, God, our hearts join with the hearts of those disciples who so long ago besought our Lord and Master.
"LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY."
"Lord, teach us to pray" that we may always pray prayers that will continue to be effectual throughout all the ages - prayers that can be used to bring about the Divine and Ultimate Intention of our God. Lord, teach us to pray prayers like those that our brother Jude prayed when he wrote to the Church of God:
"But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded on your most holy faith] - make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher - praying in the Holy Spirit; guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, [which will bring you] unto life eternal. And (refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and) on some have mercy who waver and doubt. [Strive to] save others, snatching them out of the fire; on others take pity but with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling, or slipping, or falling and to present you unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory - with unspeakable, ecstatic delight - in triumphant joy and exultation, to the one only God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever - unto all the ages of eternity. Amen - so be it " (Jude 20:25).
(continued with # 9 - (Corporate Continuing Prayer)