Effectual Prayers – Quietness

Effectual Prayers – Quietness

Effectual Prayers
*See Note Below

Quietness

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Psalm 131:2

In this digital age, our hectic lives can look like small ships tossed in a great storm. Texts, phone calls, emails, and a multitude of other voices relentlessly clamor for our attention. Quietness of spirit seems to be something of another age. But quietness is the vital state of heart needed to hear Him. His presence is filled with a peace that dispels the noise and the static of our driven world.

Peace is the atmosphere of God. His Spirit desires to lead us into a place of abiding within its dominion. Peace is not only the atmosphere of Him but also our compass to keep us in the path of the Shepherd. It will keep us from temptations and sorrow.

“For ye shall go out with joy,
and be led forth with peace…”
Isaiah 55:12

The disobedient and the self-assured may have eloquent prayers yet never touch the depths of true communion.

“And the way of peace have they not known”
Isaiah 59:8; Romans 3:17

The natural man will not find this place of communion with God. God is Spirit and those who would enter the sanctum of His presence must do so with an attitude of worship and authenticity. Christ is our surety of access. His atonement removes the striving, the barriers of insecurity, and the feelings of unworthiness. In Christ alone, we have access to the “Throne of Grace”.

God has a Word of invitation for His creation. The downtrodden, the lost, and the weary will find solace and rest in Him.

Come to Me, all you laboring and burdened ones,
and I will give you rest…”
Matthew 11:28

Prayer is the place of transaction with God. We come in honesty of all that we are – not trying to be something, to say right words, or to repeat scripted prayers passed down through the centuries. Prayer is when the child leans upon God; a “weaned child” comforted and filled with the milk and bread of His presence needing nothing more than to be held in the arms of the Father. In this unique bond between child and Father, there is a quiet unfolding of new aspects of His Love. An hour in His presence is priceless.

His Will is made known in our prayer time with Him. Deeds are born by the faith imparted in our time with Him. “Faith comes by hearing” and in our quiet time with Him, we will know the inspiration of His Will and the Faith to step into the adventure of His leadings.

“I will lead them with prayers…”
Jeremiah 31:9

*NOTE: Effectual Prayers are a truth that is very precious to me. They are prayers that produce an effect in my life.  My hope is that we each discover and enter into our own deep and transforming relationship with Him. Each one of His own is to have their own personal journey of prayer.  The closer we come to Him the more significant will be our relationships with one another. No one is to remain isolated and aloof from the rest of His Body for HE is the life of the Body. Many in our day say “Lord, Lord…”  but the connections of the Body of Christ are not based on confessions.  They are based on our walking, living, and abiding in HIM who is the Light.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another…”
1 John 1:7

Brian Troxel

 

The River of God

The River of God

“Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus,
better than all the waters of Israel?
may I not wash in them, and be clean?
So he turned and went away in a rage.”
2 Kings 5:12

There are endless strategies and so-called resources to treat the ills of the human heart. Many seem right and sound right to a heart desperate for change and deliverance. Yet there is only ONE river that can bring the cleansing and healing power of God to the soul of man. Many will take a sip of it; they may even dip their toes into its life-giving flow and feel temporary relief; but few dare to immerse themselves into its depths and embrace the import of its full power.

By definition the River Jordan means to descend, to be humbled and brought low. It speaks of freedom from the pride, arrogance and self-seeking of the human condition. The horror of this pride is rampant within the Body of Christ with all of its associated vices: competition, rivalry, division and strife. These are clothed in spiritual garments of deceit and guile that keep His people suspicious, restless and out-of-sync with the character of God. These ones seek relief in confessions, exclusive cliques, and the pre-eminence in religious circles in an effort to appease the emptiness within. When invited into an immersion of a true “baptism” of humility they become angry at the audacity of such a notion. The God of all grace offers no other solution for any of us. We must do it His way or stubbornly refuse the waters of His Life and remain unchanged.

But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant…”
Philippians 2:7

God has a provision. It is stepping into this river of humiliation and rejection, in concert with Him who deliberately “made Himself of no reputation”, wherein we find the wholesome life promised to all who would obey Him.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls”
Matthew 11:29

The call of Christ is to Himself. In coming to Him, in taking upon us His yoke of obedience, we will discover this “rest” for our souls. It cannot be learned or experienced apart from obedience. The proud seek the accolades and approval of men, while inwardly they are excluded from the “learning of Him”. The River Jordan is deep and costly. It is filled with sufferings and humiliations, denunciation by friends and foes, but only by immersing ourselves in it are His graces formed within the depths of our being.

“Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place”
Psalm 66:11-12

The wealthy place of His ways in us is a land of broad streams, where His mercy flows freely. Forgiveness has been learned in the furnace of affliction and the Character of Christ has been formed in the inner recesses of our hearts. How good and wise are His ways in the lives of His own!

Can we not hear His Call?

“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest…”
Matthew 11:28

The wisdom of Naaman’s servant applies to us regardless of our situation in life.

“And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?”
2 Kings 5:13

Humility frees the heart from its own poison. It is the Balm of Gilead alone which can bind up the wounds of relationships from the rivalry, envy and jealously which are the offspring of pride and the source of so much division in His Body. This is the River of Life of which the inspired Psalmist declares:

“There is a river,
the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God…”
Psalm 46:4

Brian Troxel

Thought for Today

The Light of God

“For God will bring every work into judgment,
with every hidden thing, whether it is good,
or whether it is evil.”
Ecclesiastes 12:14

The Light of God penetrates all things. His life is His Light. The Words He speaks, the Works He works and the Nature of all that He is, is Light and Life.

“In him was life,
and the life was the light of men”
John 1:4

The Life of God within the heart of an individual is one of His Light shining to uncover, pierce and transform. It is the nature of Light to illuminate and expose; it cannot be otherwise. Religion attempts to cover, conceal and overlook our sins and blemishes; God illuminates our wrongness with the intent of changing and transforming our lives into pure and simple expressions of the One who is Truth.

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”
Genesis 3:7

Man’s initial response to the “voice of the Lord walking” (Genesis 3:8) in their midst was to hide and cover their nakedness. It was a spontaneous reaction to the Light of God. The fig leaves are a picture of man’s futility; a temporary solution to an eternal issue. In the fall Adam and Eve stepped out of eternity into the realm of time; in that moment the need to be covered was paramount and pressing. It was their consciousness of “now” that caused them to turn to a temporary solution. In the urgency of the moment their nakedness had to be covered; man’s response to the Light of God. The journey into truth begins with truth. In our acknowledgment of who we are, we are afforded the provisions of all that He is. “Come unto Me” is an invitation for change and rest. The stress and labor of “keeping up appearances” is burdensome and the accompanying fear of exposure is a torment to the soul.

Peace and rest are the result of being right with God.

“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”
Matthew 11:28

Brian Troxel

The Light of God

The Light of God

“For God will bring every work into judgment,
with every hidden thing, whether it is good,
or whether it is evil.”
Ecclesiastes 12:14

The Light of God penetrates all things. His life is His Light. The Words He speaks, the Works He works and the Nature of all that He is, is Light and Life.

“In him was life,
and the life was the light of men
John 1:4

The Life of God within the heart of an individual is one of His Light shining to uncover, pierce and transform. It is the nature of Light to illuminate and expose; it cannot be otherwise. Religion attempts to cover, conceal and overlook our sins and blemishes; God illuminates our wrongness with the intent of changing and transforming our lives into pure and simple expressions of the One who is Truth.

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons”
Genesis 3:7

Man’s initial response to the “voice of the Lord walking” (Genesis 3:8) in their midst was to hide and cover their nakedness. It was a spontaneous reaction to the Light of God. The fig leaves are a picture of man’s futility; a temporary solution to an eternal issue. In the fall Adam and Eve stepped out of eternity into the realm of time; in that moment the need to be covered was paramount and pressing. It was their consciousness of “now” that caused them to turn to a temporary solution. In the urgency of the moment their nakedness had to be covered; man’s response to the Light of God. The journey into truth begins with truth. In our acknowledgment of who we are, we are afforded the provisions of all that He is. “Come unto Me” is an invitation for change and rest. The stress and labor of “keeping up appearances” is burdensome and the accompanying fear of exposure is a torment to the soul.

Peace and rest are the result of being right with God.

“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”
Matthew 11:28

Brian Troxel

Effectual Prayers – Part Ten – Knowing Jesus

Effectual Prayers

Part Ten

Knowing Jesus

“Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you had known the gift of God and who it is saying to you,
‘Give Me to drink,’ you would have asked Him,
and He would have given to you living water”
John 4:10

It is as we come to know Him that prayer rises for the “living waters” of Christ. He becomes the cry and the desire of our heart. He does not measure out this gift of living water; it flows from the abundance of His heart. Our partaking, our seeking and our asking will be in proportion to us knowing who He is. He is ever pouring out yet never running dry. His grace and mercy are as endless as the love from which they spring. The greater our thirst the deeper are the waters of His Supply.

“…thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore, do the virgins love thee”
Song of songs 1:3

He meets the woman at the well and in seven bits of conversation goes from a complete stranger to the revelation of Him as the Christ. While she attempts to drag Him into irrelevant religious discussions; Jesus cuts through the chitchat of men’s doctrines and brings her to the seeing of God’s Heart. Instead he addresses her real need and invites her to drink of the living water. The great test of His continued ministration to her came when He asked her to go get her husband. It is at that moment she stood on the precipice of truth. For He is ever looking for truth with which He can work with. It is the honest heart that draws from Him the waters and ministrations of life. She could have stayed within the confines of the hypocrite or she could venture into the land of truth where vulnerability and honesty lay. She chose the path of honesty and discovered this man to be nothing less than the Christ Himself.

It is as we uncover ourselves and open our hearts in full disclosure that we find a grace and a comfort beyond our comprehension. Honesty with men and with God will propel the true in heart into all that He is.

Pretense and keeping up appearances will cloud our seeing of Him. It will rob us of our secret time of prayer and communion with Him leaving us unchanged, fettered with the bonds of self-deception.

Christ calls out to the downtrodden, the burdened, and the faltering.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”
Matthew 11:28

His invitation goes out to all who are weary of themselves, circumstances and the strife in the world around us. Come with an honest and open heart. Come and find in Him the power for transformation and change. Come to Him as you are to discover Him as He is. Let the opinions of men fade, be free from seeking approval of others and discover the joy of His Life becoming yours. The portals of prayer are open to the honest of heart, who live what they pray and through prayer find the ability to live. How good, gracious and true He is to the pure in heart.

Effectual Prayers Part One – Incense
Effectual Prayers Part Two – Love
Effectual Prayers Part Three – Righteousness
Effectual Prayers Part Four – Humility and Repentance
Effectual Prayers Part Five – Wisdom
Effectual Prayers Part Six – Asking Largely
Effectual Prayers – Part Seven – Elisha and Jericho
Effectual Prayers – Part Eight – Ruth and Boaz
Effectual Prayers – Part Nine – Discipleship
Effectual Prayers – Part Ten – Knowing Jesus
Effectual Prayers – Part Eleven – The Fragrance of Prayer

Brian Troxel