202205031538晨興聖言-神在信仰裏的經綸(W3-2)

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三 一個禱告的人乃是與神合作,與神同工,讓神從他裏面,藉着他把神自己和神的心意發表出來。

四 真實的禱告叫我們這個人與神完全調和,也使神與我們調和—林前六17。

五 我們越禱告,就越被神充滿,越在神面前服下來,越被祂得着。

六 禱告就是看見自己一無所是,一無所能—可九28 ~ 29。

七 我們禱告的管治原則應當是:禱告總是把我們帶到神裏面;正確禱告的果效,就是我們發現自己在神裏面—路十一1 ~ 13。

八 禱告乃是信徒與神合作,與神同工,讓神藉着他們發表祂自己,而成就祂的定旨—羅八26 ~27,雅五17。

晨興餧養

羅八26 ~ 27『…那靈也照樣幫同擔負我們的輭弱;我們本不曉得當怎樣禱告,只是那靈親自…爲我們代求。那鑒察人心的,曉得那靈的意思,因爲祂是照着神爲聖徒代求。』

雅五17『以利亞是與我們性情相同的人,他懇切禱告…。』

   一個真實的禱告,也是人來呼吸神,如同呼吸空氣一樣。當你這樣呼吸神的時候,自然的就得着神,如同呼吸空氣,得着空氣一樣;…你禱告越多,你充滿神就越多;同時你降服神,歸向神,給神得着也就越多。倘若你一週不禱告,甚至一個月不禱告,你這個人離神就相當遠了。…就是你得不着這位神,神也得不着你這個人。你若要再得着神,並且再給神得着,除了禱告之外沒有別的路。你禱告三兩分鐘還不彀,必須禱告再禱告,一直禱告到呼吸着神,這個人給神得着了,神也給你得着了。…一個…禱告,雖然可能求一件事也得到成全,但最終的結果乃是叫這一個祈求的人更摸着神,也讓神更得着他(禱告,一一至一二頁)。

信息選讀

   一個弟兄或是姊妹,若真學會了…禱告的祕訣,自然…他這一個禱告的人定規是和神合作,與神同工的,也定規讓神從他裏面,藉着他把神自己和神的心意發表出來,最終成功了神的旨意。這就是羅馬八章二十六至二十七節所說的,我們本不曉得當怎樣禱告,乃是聖靈照着神的旨意爲我們代求。真的,我們本不曉得當怎樣禱告。我們頂多只懂得人平常所說的求告,聖經裏頭所說的禱告我們一點不懂得。…彀水準、摸着神心意的禱告,我們…不曉得,這就是我們的輭弱。

   真實的禱告,都是雙層人物的禱告。…不是人自己在那裏禱告神,乃是聖靈調在人裏頭、穿着人、帶着人和人一起來禱告。從外面看是人禱告,從裏面看卻又是聖靈禱告。這就是兩層的人物在同一個時候發表同一個禱告。

   〔雅各書五章十七節〕裏的懇切禱告,希臘原文的意思是他用禱告來禱告,或者說他在禱告裏來禱告。這是聖經裏一個很特別的說法。…當以利亞在那裏禱告的時候,他是用一個禱告來禱告,或者說他是在一個禱告裏來禱告。換句話說,他是用聖靈在他裏面的那個禱告來禱告。因此以利亞的禱告,可以說就是神在以利亞裏面求告祂自己。慕安得烈弟兄曾說過,一個真實的禱告,乃是住在我們裏面的基督,禱告那坐在寶座上的基督。這句話聽起來很特別,好像是基督求告基督自己,但在我們的經歷中的確是這樣。

   羅馬八章二十七節…說,『那靈…照着神…代求。』意思就是聖靈在我們裏面照着神來禱告,也就是神藉着祂的靈在我們裏面來禱告,所以這一個禱告定規是發表神自己,當然也發表神的心意。

   真實的禱告定規是叫我們這個人和神完全調和…。你禱告就是祂禱告,祂禱告也就是你禱告。祂在你裏面禱告,你就在外面禱告。祂和你裏外完全合一,並且還同時禱告。在這時候你和神二者不能分開,已經調成一個了。結果你不光是與神合作,還是和神同工,叫神的自己和祂的心意藉着你發表出來,最終叫神的旨意得着完成。這就是聖經中要有的真實禱告(禱告,一四至一六頁)。

參讀:禱告,第二篇。

WEEK 3 — DAY 2


C. A praying person will cooperate with God, work together with God, and allow God to express Himself and His desire from within him and through him.

D. Real prayers cause our being to be wholly mingled with God and God to be mingled with us—1 Cor. 6:17.

E. The more we pray, the more we will be filled with God and the more we will surrender to God and be gained by Him.

F. To pray means to realize that we are nothing and that we can do nothing—Mark 9:28-29.

G. The governing principle of our prayer should be that prayer brings us into God; the issue of proper prayer is that we find ourselves in God— Luke 11:1-13.

H. Prayer is believers cooperating and co-working with God, allowing God to express Himself through them, and thus accomplish His purpose— Rom. 8:26-27; James 5:17.

Morning Nourishment

Rom. 8:26-27 …The Spirit also joins in to help us in our weakness, for we do not know for what we should pray as is fitting, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us… But He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to God.

James 5:17 Elijah was a man of like feeling with us, and he earnestly prayed…

   A real prayer is also man breathing in God just as he breathes in air. While you are thus breathing in God, spontaneously you are obtaining God, just as when you breathe in air, you receive air… The more you pray, the more you will be filled with God, and the more you will surrender yourself to God and be gained by Him. If you do not pray for a week or, even worse, a month, then you will be quite far from God,… [which] means that you cannot obtain God and be obtained by Him. The only remedy for this situation is to pray. And it is not enough to pray for only two or three minutes; you must pray again and again until you have actually breathed God and are actually obtained by God, and God by you… The ultimate result of a prayer should be that the intercessor gains more of God and is gained more by God, although the thing which he has asked of God may also be fulfilled. (CWWL, 1959, vol. 4, “Lessons on Prayer,” pp. 20-21)

Today's Reading

   If a brother or sister has really learned the secret of prayer,… spontaneously… such a praying one will certainly cooperate with God, work together with God, and allow God to express Himself and His desire from within him and through him, ultimately accomplishing God’s purpose. This is according to Romans 8:26 and 27, which tell us that we do not know for what we should pray as is fitting, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to God’s purpose. Actually, we do not know how to pray. We know what people ordinarily call supplication, but we know little about the prayer that is spoken of in the Scriptures… We do not know those prayers that touch God’s desire and are up to the standard. This is our weakness.

   Real prayers are prayers involving two parties. They are not simply man alone praying to God, but they are the Spirit mingling with man, putting on man, and joining with man in prayer. Outwardly it is man praying, but inwardly it is the Spirit praying. This means that two parties express the same prayer at the same time.

   [In James 5:17] earnestly prayed in Greek means “prayed with prayer,” or “prayed in prayer.” This is a very peculiar expression in the Bible… When Elijah was praying, he was praying with, or in, a prayer. In other words, he prayed with the prayer of the Spirit within him. Thus, we can say that Elijah’s prayer was God praying to Himself in Elijah. Andrew Murray once said that a real prayer is the Christ who indwells us praying to the Christ who is sitting on the throne. That Christ would be praying to Christ Himself sounds strange, but in our experience this is really the case.

   [In Romans 8:27] the Spirit…intercedes…according to God… means that the Holy Spirit prays in us according to God; that is, God prays in us through His Spirit. Thus, such a prayer certainly expresses God’s intention as well as God Himself.

   Real prayers will certainly cause our being to be wholly mingled with God… When you pray, it is He praying, and when He prays, it is also you praying. When He prays within you, you express the prayer outwardly. He and you are altogether one, inside and outside; He and you both pray at the same time. At that time you and God cannot be separated, being mingled as one. Consequently, you not only cooperate with God but also work together with God so that God Himself and His desire may be expressed through you, thus ultimately accomplishing God’s purpose. This is the real prayer that is required of us in the Bible. (CWWL, 1959, vol. 4, “Lessons on Prayer,” pp. 22-23)

Further Reading: CWWL, 1959, vol. 4, “Lessons on Prayer,” ch. 2

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