As the second post in the series called Five Myths Keeping Us Legendary, the idea of the Prayer Myth will be our focus.
Prayer Is the Key
Back in the day… I was only allowed to listen to Southern Gospel. I really enjoyed listening to the records (yes, vinyl) of The Master’s Five, The Blackwood Brothers, etc. One of the singers I liked was named Jake Hess.
Jake Hess has since passed from this life. However, when he was here, he belted out the notes of a song in particular that was burned in my memory at the young age of 6.
Just recently as I have been learning more and more about traditions of the church and faith and such, I have wondered about Prayer. That’s when Jake Hess came to mind. Jake Hess annihilated a part of this song that would have melted my vocal cords. He has since passed these notes on to others. But you won’t miss Jake Hess as he starts out this song:
The Key To Heaven
So, prayer is the key? What does that even mean? So, when we pray, we have a key that we insert into a door and then faith unlocks it. I haven’t known what this meant until just recently.
The Prayer Myth is quite a large topic. A large idea. A method and practice, an heirloom passed down from many generations. We have Championed this idea and practiced it to the point it has become a Legendary practice. In turn, this Legendary practice, especially to the world, has become some sort of a Mythological story, or method.
I tread on grounds of potential accusation with the upcoming perspective. However, to get past the Legend and Myth we have made Prayer, I tread on to Christ.
What Is Prayer?
If you see prayer as a wish list where you ask God for stuff, that is a perspective of prayer that is focused on you.
If you see prayer as something that could possibly change the course of action (think NBA finals…) if you pray hard enough and long enough, that is a perspective of prayer that is focused on you.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)
That’s all we need, right? Prayer? Interestingly enough, the word prayer in this passage has a glorious meaning! It is: addressed to God, in a place set apart, near a supply of water. What if this location was the Temple of God?
You see, the Prayer Myth keeps us from addressing God in a place set apart near a supply of water. What if that supply of water was Living? What if that Water washed us of our plans, of our will, of our desires? What if, when we addressed God in His Temple, we listened to Him? What if we heard Him?
What if Prayer was actually conversation through His Temple, or His Body?
The High Priest Prayer
John 17:1 begins what we consider to be Jesus praying for everyone. Actually…
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said,… (John 17:1 NASB)
Wait…”spoke” these things? That’s a prayer, right? This word means “to speak” of course. However, it’s deeper meaning is “to use words in order to declare one’s mind and disclose one’s thoughts.”
Brothers and Sisters, this is Christ declaring His mind and disclosing His thoughts, the very mind of God. The emotion of God. The will of God! There it is in John 17. Jesus states God’s will. Amazing!
What if this passage wasn’t a request, but a statement?
You see, it is a statement. Jesus’ closing statement is this:
and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:25b-26 NASB)
What a statement. God’s will: the love of God and Christ in us.
Back to Jake Hess…
What is heaven? Prayer is the key. If the three-pronged key is being connected to the source of Water, being set apart, and being addressed to God…heaven is close!
And remember, faith unlocks the door. I am learning that the Lord takes us through things to provide us with more faith. We don’t necessarily ask for faith. We align with God’s will for us by accepting Christ as all, which is a gift of faith from the Lord…an increase in our faith.
It is His faith given to us that unlocks this door to the locality of Heaven.
The Journey to the Source
Championing the legend of the Prayer Myth can sometimes be about me, or us, alone.
True Prayer is being addressed to God, being set apart from myself or ourselves, allowing His Water to clean us of us, for Christ is the Source of Prayer. Prayer is an opportunity to align with God’s Will. And Faith, given from the Lord, allows us to see and experience Heaven.
May we connect with His source of Water and be set apart from ourselves. May we be in Him Today. And may we no longer be Legendary. May we move past the Prayer Myth to the Source of Prayer and experience His Will on earth as it is in Heaven: God’s love and Christ in us!
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. (1 John 5:13-15 NASB)