THE BANNER IN--EXILE.
Prayer and knowing God in one’s daily walk are essential if
one is at all to enter into regeneration (Being Converted). Prayer and knowing God on a daily basis is relational in
nature, as is salvation and regeneration.
All of these are spiritually derived
and as such, only grow or gain strength through one’s
relational connectivity as they daily pray, wait upon and
seek the Lord. No amount
of listening to Christian radio, no amount of listening to
worship tapes, no amount of listening to teaching tapes, and
no amount of attending meetings devoted to these topics can
replace prayer and waiting upon the Lord. Even if one goes
to them every day of the week – These practices can in no
way replace one’s personal time with the Lord. Nor will any
or all of these activities truly enhance one’s personal relationship
with the Jesus Christ one iota. (These
will undoubtedly give you head knowledge, or a vocabulary
of spiritual sounding words and phrases – [Helping you to
appear spiritual to your peers] but they can not and will
not cause you to gain spiritual substance where it counts;
in your soul and spirit.)
How long should one pray and wait upon the Lord? Some would say it is not quantity but quality
and they will then espouse their great spirituality by telling
us they only pray or wait on God for 5 minutes or 15 minutes
and then brag about the great depths and how much they receive
in those few moments. These are not speaking the truth,
as they are speaking high-sounding words to receive the smile
and praise of men.
In the Gospels, we find references of Christ staying up and
praying all night. We also find reference to Peter and John
worshipping well into the night while in prison – It is safe
to say that Christ Himself knew nothing of this quality over
quantity teaching. He supped with the Father. Supping in the
Greek was the evening meal where the parties would linger
to fellowship and speak of the things of the day.
To begin with, one should think of their time of prayer as
a church service. How
long does it take to have a good church service -15 minutes,
45 minutes, 90 minutes, two hours? Most believers I have known
would overwhelmingly state that a good church service lasts
about two hours so as to give time for good worship, good
prayer and a good time of teaching.
These also seek a good time of fellowship afterwards.
In our personal prayer time, we should also divide it up into
worship, to bring our heart soul and spirit in tune with God,
and then move into waiting upon the Lord. Waiting upon the Lord is sitting in silence
in His presence, and/or just before Him in silent obedience
and availability for Him to impart, speak, bless, reveal,
rebuke correct, convict or do whatsoever He sees fit. (This
waiting upon the Lord is so important;
it is inestimable in value to our spiritual growth.) Many times during this waiting I find that God reveals His
will to me in spiritual matters – and by praying on earth,
as Jesus prays in heaven (Lord’s Prayer) astonishing
results occur that defy the wisdom and knowledge of men.
After this, I begin making my prayer requests known, seeking
to sup in the spirit with the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer and
waiting upon the Lord is the greatest part of our relationship,
our fellowship - our supping - He with US and We with Him.
Those who espouse themselves to be evangelicals, fundamentalists,
Pentecostals and Charismatics, prayer and waiting upon the
Lord are all but completely forsaken.
Surprisingly the Lord brought me personally into this long
before I ever heard of Pinecrest. When I was about 16 I was
praying and waiting upon the Lord - supping with Him before
I ever knew what the meaning of any of these things were.
(In other words I was blindly led to these very things as a
young lamb by the Spirit of God.) On
Sundays I used to stay in church praying and waiting upon
the Lord (Unseen by men) between the morning and evening services (This would be for
about a five hour span).
Sometime after I arrived at Pinecrest, I nightly took over
the first year classroom from 7 pm until 1-2- and 3 in the
morning. Sadly with all the students that were in the school
at that time, from 1976-1981, there was no competition for
finding places to pray. (Now this was not always true, as some have testified
that when they were students, there were a number of students
that nightly sought to pray, wait, and intercede unto the
Lord for hours at a time, [Those students that did were markedly
different, as they were met by the Lord, and received impartation
in their souls and spirits.]) After a time, I began to have great spiritual manifestations
of the Lord in that classroom - with
only my being there and the Lord. This anointing and presence
built to the place that waves and billows could be physically
felt rolling through this classroom at night.
Eventually, I got two students of like heart and like
spirit to come and share this personal and private visitation
that I had received so graciously of the Lord. God manifested
Himself to us nightly as they joined me for several hours
each night. We worshipped, we prayed, we cried out - we
rode these waves and billows together until they graduated
and moved on in the Lord.
For one to assume that they can only meet God in church, or
in a prayer meeting, or in a fellowship – is wrong and against
the Commandments of Jesus Christ in how we are to pray and
Matthew 6:5-6 And when
thou prayest, thou shalt not be
as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray (Sing and worship)
standing in the synagogues (In their church meetings) and in the corners of the streets, (And their being
bent over their pews and curled up in the corners and aisles) that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward. (They have all that they will receive of the
Lord for doing so.)
But thou, when thou prayest, enter
into thy closet, (Greek Bedchamber
– either by yourself or with your spouse) and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret
shall reward thee openly.
To not pray and worship and wait upon the Lord in secret
as the primary source of your personal relationship with Him
is to utterly defraud yourself and rob yourself – of the immeasurable
benefits of entering into the most important, most sacred,
most vital, and most personal part of your relationship with
Jesus Christ that has been afforded you.
Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came
to pass, that Jesus
also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, (Jesus)
rising up (alone) a great while before day,
He went out, (From among His disciples) and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Luke 5:16 And He (Jesus)
withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Matthew 14:23 And
when He (Jesus)
had sent the
multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray:
and when the evening was come, He was there (Praying
worshipping, and waiting upon the Father) alone.
Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as He (Jesus)
was alone praying,
his disciples were with him: (Acting as spectators and not praying) and He asked them, saying, Whom say the people that
Matthew 26:36-38 (spiritually
most of us can find ourselves in our own ineffective and empty
prayer lives if we can open our eyes to see.) Then
cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane,
and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye
here, while I go and pray yonder. And He took with Him Peter
and the two sons of Zebedee, (James and John) and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he
unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful,
even unto death: tarry ye here, (Stay here with Me as long as it takes) and watch (Wait and Pray to the Father) with me. (The simple fact in this passage is that the three apostles
that had the most intimate personal relationship with Jesus
– after all they had seen and heard, had not, on their own,
developed anything near the kind of prayer relationship with
the Father so that in the hour of need, they could not even
intercede along with Christ.)
pray that you would earnestly take heed to these words. Meditate
on these things, and begin to so make this a part of your
As the Editor of the Banner in Exile
I will endeavor to communicate all that I have seen, all
that I have heard and all that my hands have handled concerning
the Word of Life.
Lord Bless You Richly,