For God’s will to be done today, He needs our cooperation — our cooperation is to pray. To pray is to converse with God, not in a way of giving requests, pleading or commanding Him to do something He will not do. Praying is a matter of man reiterating to God the need for the carrying out of God’s will.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Matt. 7:7 Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you
shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. (8) For
every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to
him who knocks it shall be opened.
James 4:2 …You do not have because you do not ask; (3) You
ask and do not receive because you ask evilly that you may
spend it on your pleasures.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Prayer is the most wonderful action in the spiritual realm;
it is also the most mysterious matter. We know that God does
not do anything that is contrary to His will. If it is His
will to open the door, why does He have to wait until we
knock before He will open? Why would He not open the door for
us according to His will, without us knocking? He knows
everything. If He knows that we need an open door, why will
He wait until we knock before He opens? Why do we have to
knock? Since God’s will is to open the door, and since it is
His will to have the door open, will God not open the door if
we do not knock? Will He allow His will and His justice to be
delayed and not accomplished just for the sake of waiting for
If this is so, then God’s will is restricted by us! If He
will, why does the opening of the door (His will) have to be
controlled by our knocking on the door (prayer)? Here we can
see a principle of God’s work. This principle is that God’s
people have to pray before God will rise up to work. God’s
will is accomplished by the prayer of those who belong to
Him. The believers’ prayers accomplish God’s will. God will
not accomplish His will alone; He will only accomplish His
will when His people are sympathetic with Him in prayer.
If this is the case, prayer is nothing but the believers’ act
of working together with God. Prayer is the union of the
believers’ will with God’s will. The prayer of the believers
on earth is an utterance of God’s will in heaven. Prayer is
not an utterance of our own wishes, a plea for God to yield
to our cry and fulfill our own wishes. Prayer is not to
compel God to change His will by force or ask Him to do what
He does not want to do. Prayer is the believers’ utterance of
God’s will out of their own mouth; it is the believers’
request before God that He accomplish His own will.
(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery
Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from “What is Prayer” in the
Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Vol. 8, pp. 5-6. Both are published by
Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.