We can do all things in Christ (Philippians 4:13) can be applied to every area of ministry, deliverance, teaching, fasting, and prayer. We are capable of praying without ceasing and using our prayers to bring healing, change nations and even move the heart of God! But it takes us being able to transition that mind that we each carry from these fleshy senses to the heavenly realm.
When we look at what really happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), it was much more than people just sitting in a room waiting for God to come. The number fifty in the Old Testament is representative of the cycle of jubilee, deliverance, and freedom. Pentecost falls each year on the fiftieth day from the second day of Passover. What was really happening to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost was a transition in their mindsets and complete freedom from earthly thought to Heavenly thought. “One Accord” in Acts 2:1 is the word “Homothumadon” in Greek, which is defined in the Thayer’s Dictionary as: with one mind, with one accord, with one passion. Those in the upper room were all in one accord with the mind of the Heavenly Father and that’s why the Holy Spirit could come upon them.
Most failed prayers and disconnection with God in prayer comes from the mind not being aligned with the mindset of God. But how do we get there? The clear answer is in the Words of the Master Himself, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” Mathew 6:33. Jesus didn’t ask or instruct us to seek for natural things, did He? He instructed us to seek the kingdom! He plainly stated to the Jews that his kingdom was not of this earth, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36.
Everything that our fleshly nature desires and how we have been taught to satisfy only our fleshly senses, conflicts with the very nature of who God created us to be.
Prayer is less about opening your mouth and speaking; it’s about connecting your mind, your heart, and your very soul to God, ascending from the fleshly desires to the heavenly vision. Prayer starts within you and expands out, and it seeks to reunite you with the one who formed you.
The Early Church were taught to pray for only heavenly things and that natural needs didn’t need to be asked for — they would just be given because God knows our natural needs. His aim is to realign us to seek HIM, His nature, and His government, so ultimately we can move that government from the celestial to a terrestrial existence; bringing heaven to earth. (Matthew 6:10).
Don’t just pray with your lips but pray with your soul that is washed from perverse thoughts, anger, bitterness, and jealousy. Pray with a heart whose complete aim is be like Christ, not with words “of human wisdom” but with thoughts given by the divine Spirit, so that without even opening your mouth, you begin to connect to the Eternal Himself.