Praying Beyond Words

Posted on 25 Mar 2024, Speaker: Dale Lloyd

PRAYER… The HEART of The Matter

Rend your heart and not your garments. (Joel 2:13)

Praying Beyond Words

This is what the LORD says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you from your own family.

“I am about to bring disaster on you from inside your own household!”

Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. However, if he should say, ‘I do not take pleasure in you,’ then let him deal with me in a way that he considers appropriate.” 2 Samuel 15:25-26

Without knowing it, I had come to my critical moment that would forever radically change my theology and experience regarding Biblical prayer.

But if He should say, ‘I take no pleasure in you,’ then what more can David say? Let Him do unto me what seems good to Him.

What I heard was a confession of faith, hope, and trust.

The deeper meaning of coming to the end of our words is that we have come to the end of ourselves.

The ultimate expression of release, relinquishment, letting go, surrendering, and offering up to another. That is not fatalism; that is trusting beyond our words – beyond our speech.

When we come to the end of our words, we are perfectly positioned to hear the only words that matter, the only words that can change and transform our situation – we are perfectly positioned to hear the words of the Holy Spirit.

Caught in the tension between everything I had been taught regarding faith and the present prohibition of the Holy Spirit which I could not deny.

The greater part of learning is unlearning.

So David took all those things off.

We cannot put on the new without first taking off the old.

When I consider the amount of “Saul’s armour” I had accumulated, and the number of years involved in putting it on, the three years it took to remove it wasn’t all that long.

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.” Matthew 6:5-8