How Do We Pray?
Many today have become complaisant in their prayers. Just praying endless lists of prayer targets and requests, none of which have been inspired or desired by God. Do we just pray through these spiritless petitions of our own agendas or those someone else has generated to fulfill a need inspired by or in reaction to a plan or threat of the enemy? Or should we be seeking God first for His divine plan or purpose? (Jeremiah 29:11-14a)
The Apostle Paul admonished us in Ephesians 6:18 to pray at all times in the Spirit…That is spirit with a capital S…as in Holy Spirit! We must understand the power and significance of praying in the Spirit. We are praying God’s desires, His strategies back to Him when we pray in the Spirit. We never pray amiss or out of the flesh when doing so. There is no place for personal agendas or desires, thus God Almighty is bound by His name to fulfill all prayers prayed in the Spirit, for it is He who is speaking and declaring such prayers. Whenever we pray His WORD back to Him there is an agreement between heaven and earth that takes place. God now moves out to perform HIS WORD! (Jeremiah 1:12 ; Ezekiel 12:25 ; Hebrews 6:13-18)
Do not get into fear in your prayers! For Father God promises what we need to speak will be given to us in the very hour we need to speak it. But, here is the power in this…
It will be Him speaking His word through us. These prayers will then never be amiss from his divine plan or purpose, never out of order or timing…always perfect and in alignment with His divine will. (Romans 8:26-28)
So how do you pray?
“Pray at all times with all prayer and petitions in the Spirit” with understanding, speaking back to God what we have heard Him speak to us in our hearts and minds and spirits. He will then answer the prayer that He Himself has inspired! The end result will be that He gets all the glory and all will know that He is God and there is no other!
Two Key scriptures to remember:
“But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:19-20
“…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
I have had a lot of positive response to my last Blog. However, I did receive several questions on my spelling and use of the word “complaisant”. Some had never seen this word and felt I had mis-spelled complacent. As there are some unfamiliar with the difference, I am going to try my best to explain it for you. Since a clear understanding of the word will give you a better understanding of the message the LORD would have conveyed in my previous Blog. Getting the sense of the depth of the matter it will open your eyes to Father’s heart, thereby moving you into a Kingdom perspective!
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
but the glory of kings to search out a matter.”…Proverbs 25:2
Father spoke this clearly to me to use the word complaisant, as it conveys a powerful point . . .
The Father gave me this specific word . . . as it is very pointed in it’s meaning . . .
He was saying; We are too quick to just agree with prayers, ‘acquiesce in order to please’ and follow direction in “spiritless prayer lists”. Thus, without seeking Him first, we join in praying such spiritless dead prayers, never asking if this is really what He wants us to pray…Pleasing man and not Father God!
Below you will find the definitions, see the contrast between it and complacent.
Complacent has a different meaning and is sometimes confused with complaisant . . .
complaisant | kəmˈplāsənt |
willing to please others; obliging; agreeable: when unharnessed, Northern dogs are peaceful and complaisant.
complaisance | kəmˈplās(ə)ns | noun
mid 17th century: French, from complaire ‘acquiesce in order to please’, from Latin complacere ‘to please’.
complacent | kəmˈplās(ə)nt |
showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements: you can’t afford to be complacent about security.
complacently | kəmˈplāsntlē | adverb
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘pleasant’): from Latin complacent– ‘pleasing’, from the verb complacere.
Complacent and complaisant are two words that are similar in pronunciation and that both come from the Latin verb complacere ‘to please,’ but in English do not mean the same thing. Complacent is the more common word and means ‘smug and self-satisfied’: after four consecutive championships, the team became complacent. Complaisant, on the other hand, means ‘willing to please’: the local people proved complaisant and cordial.
Hopefully this clears it up for you . . .