I believe that the ways of prayer are ones that the Lord reveals to those who seek Him.
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The scriptures themselves provide us with such fertile ground for fervent prayer and there are so many prayers that are actually baked into the words of scripture. For decades I’ve prayed these words from Psalm 25 and I still like I pray them actually probably several times every day. Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Psalm 25, for, you know, God has ways and, you know, show me your ways. I want to know your ways, Lord.
Not my own. Not the ways of man, but the ways of God. You know, God has ways that I believe we can understand through revelation, through him and through the Holy Spirit, introducing them to us so we can begin to operate by them in ways that can take up residence in a believing heart. Later in the Psalms, we also read these words in Psalm 84, verse five. Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways of them.
Now, the interesting thing here is that certainly in the King James version, words that were not originally present in the actual the original languages are added in italics. I don’t know if you knew that or not, but if you’re reading the King James version and you find words in italics in any verse, those words have been added to aid understanding they weren’t in the original text. And this is actually I just find this particular verse. So just I don’t know.
I find it exciting because what it actually reads is blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways of oh, blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the gravity of this idea, of the ways of God being in our hearts that just makes me hungry for four more, makes me thirsty to understand more. I want to know his ways and I want those ways to be in my heart.
And I believe that the ways of prayer are ones that God reveals to those who seek him. You know, there are obviously there are principles and laws that govern the spiritual exercise of prayer. And there are spiritual laws that will work for a man, whether he believes in God or not. The Spirit world, like the natural world, has laws that it functions by. And we can, through leveraging those laws, see certain results in the same way as gravity works here in the natural, there are spiritual laws that will work in the spirit world.
You know, the law of the tongue, for example, that we will eat the fruit of the words that we speak, all of those kinds of teachings. You will find as much in the New Age and and other places as you do in the Bible because they are universal spiritual laws. And so there are these principles and laws that govern the way the spirit world works. But ultimately, you know, the ways of God that he will reveal to those who love him.
Yeah. That he will reveal to his friends that he will open up to those who are close to him, to his friends. These are not things that can be crunched into a manual. Yeah, they’re not about a special method or something. There is a mystery to them. And by mystery, I don’t mean something that is so hidden that no one could ever find it. And it’s like this spooky thing that only the specially initiated can take a hold of them or grasp them.
But there is a mystery to this in the same way as there is a mystery to a man and a woman and the love and the connexion that they share in marriage. It’s not something that can be quantified in the same way as you can quantify like a mathematical sum. And so this beautiful mystery of relationship that. We have been invited into three prayer is one that is experienced by those who pursue the knowledge of them. You know, God, the father loves to surprise his children and the place and the prayer that I nearly said prayer ground, that there’s this playground that we can come into as his children and we can discover so many surprising things, so many Eye-Opening things, so many exciting, unexpected things when we come in and we begin to press through our flesh into the things of the spirit.
You know, again, Psalm 25, just such a beautiful psalm. And it continues in Psalm In verses, 12 to 14. What man is he that fears the Lord him? Shall we teach in the way that he shall choose? His soul shall dwell at ease and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret. Oh yukata. Both she cared about Kartini oh shachar book under the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him and he will show them his covenant.
This oh this happens as we pray. As we pray. He will usher us into experiences that we’ve never imagined. Encounters that we did not envisage. You know, he will open up revelations that will be handed to us. Yeah. That we didn’t ask for. Our father is the God of over and above and for his friends. He reserves exceptional blessings and surprises. Lord, show me your ways and teach me your paths. Let your ways be in my heart.
In Jesus name. Well, thanks for listening, hopefully. It’s been an encouragement to you today, if you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.