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Monday | 23 July 2018
Joining His prayer

Jesus called His disciples to join Him in prayer so that they could be delivered from falling into the temptation of living by self‑determination. He said that their spirits were willing to live in obedience to God’s will, but that their flesh was weak. Mat 26:41.

As we join Christ in the fellowship of prayer, His obedience is transferred to us, and our wilfulness is cut from our life. This operation that is cutting off our will is signified by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood. We recall that as Christ prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, ‘His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground’. Luk 22:44. Joining this fellowship is the only way that our wilfulness can be overcome and removed so we, too, can truly say, ‘Not my will, but Yours, be done.’

As we understand all that Christ achieved and demonstrated as He prayed in Gethsemane, we can answer the question, ‘Why do we need to pray?’ Praying in the Spirit joins us to the fellowship of prayer of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We need to pray so that we join this fellowship, from which our wilful self-centredness will be cut off, and we are enabled to be the son of God we are meant to be, according to the will of God.

In this prayer meeting with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are equipped for each day. As we pray in the same way as Christ did, we receive grace for our works, as well as grace to endure the difficulties and troubles of each day. Mat 6:34. We are able to know that everything we do, and everything that happens to us, is working together for our sanctification, which the apostle Paul called, ‘All things working together for good’. Rom 8:28. God’s will is our sanctification, and it is pleasing to Him when we walk in our sanctification. 1Th 4:1-3. This is the righteousness of God being revealed. Rom 1:16-17. Rom 3:21-26.


Further Study:
Romans 8
Daily Proverb:

References:

Mat 26:41
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Luk 22:44
And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Mat 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Rom 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

1Th 4:1-3
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.

Rom 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

Rom 3:21-26
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
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