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September 10, 2023

Digesting the Word through Prayer

John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. Ephesians 6:17 And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, (18) By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit...

Many Christians have stored up much of the Word [through reading and studying] but have digested very little of it. Now is the time for them to digest the Word each day a little at a time. We need to pray with and over the Word sentence by sentence, clause by clause, phrase by phrase, and even word by word, digesting what we read. If we pray over the words that we read, the spiritual nourishment will come forth, and we shall be nourished and strengthened in the spirit. While the Lord is moving, acting, motivating, and energizing within us, what shall we do? Should we keep our mouths closed? No, we shall certainly feel impelled to utter something. We shall surely express what we feel within. This is spiritual prayer, prayer in the spirit. The spiritual prayer expresses the moving of Christ within us. Christ in, through, and as the Word is moving, acting, motivating, and energizing within us. When this happens, we cannot be silent... We become the mouthpiece for the Lord to utter what is within us at that very moment. Then, whatever we ask, it is not only we who are praying but also He who is praying in our praying. If we abide in the Lord, keep ourselves always in contact and in fellowship with the Lord, and let the Lord with His word live, move, motivate, and energize within us, we would be unable to keep our mouths shut. What we speak will be a real prayer in the spirit.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of John, p. 413-416. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: [email protected].

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