Teacher’s Choice – What is Prayer and How do we Pray?

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What is prayer and how do we pray?

Below are three questions which we must ask ourselves and understand the answers when we pray. We need to know the answer to these questions so that we know how to pray after we have been drawn to the knowledge of the Truth. Before that, we do not know what to pray, and the Spirit of God prays for us because though we are the Elect we do not know from the beginning what to say in our prayers. So, the Spirit prays on our behalf for the purpose of us coming to the knowledge of truth.  This is the beginning of our spiritual life.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

It must be said up front, before we go on and without apology, that the Spirit only intercedes for the Elect.

Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

It does not intercede for those who are not elect in this eon. We were elected from the foundation of the world to be in Christ, taken out of the world, because our election has made us not of this world.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

We were chosen before this world began in the heart and mind of God to be in Christ and to be separated from the world.

Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Joh 17:9  I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

Joh 17:11  And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

He hears us because we are in Christ, the Name, the only Name under heaven whereby we are saved from death.

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

These are not statements of pride or arrogance on our part as though we did something to make God choose us, but statements of fact as the Father of the LORD Jesus Christ has revealed them to us. These facts are important before we begin to answer these three questions about what’s in the “NAME” of Jesus Christ, because if we begin by thinking something different about how God hears us, we are in Babylonian doctrine, and God does not hear our cries;

Jer 11:14  Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

If we start off with the knowledge that God hears us because we were in Christ before the foundation of the world, we are on holy ground, being called out of the world through the “bush”, through the prick and bramble of sin. It is these very pricks and thorns that God has used to separate us from the world.

Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Exo 3:3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Exo 3:4  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Exo 3:5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

“Bush” –  H5572- From an unused root meaning to prick; a bramble: – bush.

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (the burning bush)

Our very sins are what God has used to separate us from the world by showing us that we were in Christ before the world began, and we are shown our sin that pricks us as a burning bush to remove “our shoes”, “our walk”, because we are standing on the walk of Christ, holy ground. The world sees their sins as theirs, and we see our sins as from the Creator to show us that  “I am , that I am”, has called us from everything that He has predestined us to be. 

However, we were taught in Babylon that God hears everyone when they cry out to Him. This is a lie of the Devil and a way God blinds people into the arrogance that anyone can just walk up to the King of kings and LORD of lords. We are a special people, chosen and elected by God in Christ before the world began. Do not hear the lies of false doctrines which attempt to steal your crown and say that God has not chosen you in Christ to be a king and a priest. This is a spirit of anti-Christ which denies that Christ has come into your flesh and has chosen you to be a special person above all the peoples of the world.

Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, ABOVE all people that are upon the face of the earth. 
Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
Deu 7:8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
2Jn 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

We must ask ourselves these questions, “Do I believe this? Do I believe that I was chosen to be a special member in Christ above all the people of the earth?” We must believe this testimony of who we are or our prayers are not heard, because this is what it means to pray “in the name” of the LORD Jesus Christ. To think that we are of this world and destined to the lake of fire with the rest of the world is to deny our Sonship and to deny Christ has come into our flesh. It is a false showing of humility (Canaan), that pride has created, to lessen the truth and to be as one WITH THE WORLD. We are what we are, if we are, and the endurance to the end will reveal if we believed the love of the truth that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, before we were given the law of the flesh.  If we are one with the wicked one, world belief, then we have not received the love of the truth that we are a holy and chosen people above all the people of the world.  “examine yourselves to see if you be in the faith” (2Co 13:5).

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The pleasure in unrighteousness is pleasure in our own works and our own thoughts of being one with the world in the lake of fire. This doctrine seems to hold a piety that is founded on humility, but it is founded by Satan to claim yourself unholy with the world when God has called you holy and not of the world. Our brothers and sisters who have left could not receive the “love of the truth” that Christ was in them now, saving them now. The deceitfulness of sin, the deceitfulness of thinking that my Satan Influenced Nature – S.I.N. has kept Christ from living in me now and perfecting my new man now, has drawn me away from the love of the truth making me believe Christ could not perfect me now, so I must go through the lake of fire with the rest of mankind.

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

But this false doctrine does just that. It says we are of the world and must suffer the same lake of fire as the world. If claiming to be of the world and not chosen a special people to God before the foundation of the world is what they desire, then God will give them their portion in the lake of fire with all liars and whoremongers who have lied about the truth and fornicated with Babylon.

What does asking in the “name” of Christ mean?

Joh 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Joh 16:23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

First the word “in” G1722 means – A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); “in”

So, being in Christ is to see yourself as fixed in place, time , and state. We were fixed in Christ by God the Father before the world began, the time was from the beginning, the state was holy and without blame and the place was the kingdom of God.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him (in Christ-place) before the foundation of the world (time), that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (our state):

The second word “my” G3450- The simpler from of G1700; of me: – I, me, mine (own), my.

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 

We are one with Christ in the eyes of the Father, woven so closely together that we are called ‘the Christ’. It is in this Christ does all the world believe.

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

So, “in my” means we are fixed before the world began in place, time and state in The “name” Jesus Christ. This is the thought that must be our starting place when we pray. Now to the meat of the question.

What does asking in the “name” of Christ mean?

The word “name” G3686 – means, From a presumed derivative of the base of G1097 (compare G3685); a “name” (literally or figuratively), (authority, character): – called, (+ sur) name (-d).

We are called by the name/authority of Christ, “the Christ”, because we were in him before the foundation of the world. This being in Him, united to Him, is the reason we are named “the Christ”. Not because of any works we have done, which would be unrighteousness, but because of the works He has done;

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

To invoke the name of Jesus Christ is to see yourself in Christ, in a fixed place, time and state, from the foundation of the world. Because of this reason, Christ has shed His blood for us, the elect. This shedding of blood was done while we were uncircumcised of heart and were by nature dead in trespasses and sins. But God has sent His Spirit in our hearts to cry out with groanings which cannot be uttered by man so that we can see ourselves as we are seen, or known as we are known;

1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part (my fixed place, time and state); but then shall I know even as also I am known (my fixed place, time, state).

When we bow our heads in prayer to God, it is to show that our fleshly head is not to be seen as the HEAD that originates thoughts and actions. That it is not of the will of the Head of my body but the will of the Head, Jesus Christ.

Gen 24:26  And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

We then invoke the Name, lift up The Head, by whom we are known, Jesus Christ. It is in this name we are seen as sons of God and heirs. If we are using the name of Jesus as a magic wand to get what our flesh desires, God does not hear our prayer. If we are understanding that we are approaching our Father, Who is the King of kings and LORD of lords, Who has predestined us in Christ before the world began, we have a confidence that He hears us.

1Jn 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

He says, “These things have I written unto YOU that believe on the NAME of the Son of God.” The Spirit is showing us the importance in knowing what the name means. We often get disappointed when our prayers are not heard or we don’t get the answer we desire. We think that God is being hard on us or that we did something wrong. All these thoughts enter our minds from the false doctrines we were taught from Babylon. The reason we are not heard is because we ask amiss to consume whatever we are asking on our own fleshly lusts.

Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

This is why we are left an example from Jesus Christ our Head on how to pray.

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Our Father Who is in our hearts and minds, knows what we are thinking and what we are really wanting. His name, by which we are called, is SANCTIFIED, hallowed, and that name is Jesus Christ. His name is sanctified, not ours. His name is holy, not ours. His name is where we were called, from the foundation of the world.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Thy kingdom come to “fruition”, come to my heart and mind, come to pass, and rule as “You have willed it” in my earth from Your heaven. He is The Head Who has willed what our heavens contain.  He has predestined us in this hallowed name of Jesus Christ, and in this Name our lives are written;

Psa 139:15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance (in christ), yet being unperfect (before I knew who I was in Christ, when I was still uncircumcised in mind); and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (before I knew Who You were or who I was).
Psa 139:17  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Psa 139:18  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Give me this day my daily portion of Christ, Who is my Bread by which I live, Who is the One in which I am called and chosen. The bread is the knowledge of Who Christ is and who I am in Christ. From the foundation of the world, it is the spiritual food that sustains me.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

This daily bread of knowing who I am will cause me to die and be torn as bread from the flesh in which I am dying; to look above what I am in the flesh and see Christ as my righteousness, as The Authority in which I am able to approach the King of kings and LORD of lords. Christ is the One Who has spoken my life into existence and every day that I literally breath. I live out this life by those very words that proceed from the mouth of God – The WORD, Jesus Christ.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:4  In him was life (and we are in Him); and the life was the light of men.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Asking for forgiveness for our debts is admitting that we think that we exist separately from Him, that we are our own gods, knowing good and evil of ourselves; that our names are hallowed separately from Him, that we have a will separate from Him, that we are our own bread separate from Him; that it is our name, our authority which makes us what we are; asking for forgiveness, in that we have breached His leadership in our hearts and minds and that we are in debt for all that we are. We must ask for forgiveness, for in asking for forgiveness, we are acknowledging that we are indeed sin from birth in the flesh. That all we are, without Christ, is rotting flesh and not able to enter the kingdom of God.

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Asking for Him not to lead us into the temptation of self-righteousness and self-exaltation that only the Elect can realize they are doing, is asking for a change of heart, a new heaven and a new earth.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

We must ask to be delivered from the evil of self-aggrandizement and self-glorification. The evil which separates us from the answered prayers of our Creator. All of it is His kingdom, His power, and it is all for His glory. If we are asking for something that will glorify our flesh, we are claiming our kingdom, our power, and for our glory. God knows our hearts better than we know our own hearts, and He knows why we ask for what we ask. We must remember that He alone is King of His Kingdom. He alone rules that kingdom with His power, and it is all done for His own glorification and honor. How can His creation glorify Him as Creator if they believe the evil, that they know good and evil of themselves? To glorify God for His kingdom on earth, we must see Him as the power which is in our heavens. God directs them both as He has planned, not as we have planned.

What are we saying when we pray in the “name” of Jesus Christ? What does invoking this name mean to us?

It means we are sanctified in the sanctifying/hallowed knowledge of the fact that God is all in all. Christ is the only name that rules the heavens and the earth, inwardly and outwardly. Christ is the Word of God which proceeds out of the mouth of His Father, and when we ask a prayer, we should be founded on the fact that when our will is united to His will, He hears us.

We could say, like Babylon says, when the outcome is not what they think is right, “He always answers our prayers, but it may not be what we want.” If it is not what we want, then we prayed in vain and we were trying to get something to consume on our own lust. Saying God did not answer your prayer is confessing that your prayer did not coincide with the will of God, therefore your prayer was from sin. The prayers of Babylon never go higher than the ceilings in their brick and mortar buildings they cherish so much. He may give them what they want, only to keep them in darkness for the day of judgment. He does always answer our prayers, but sometimes “no” is the answer.

Mat 6:5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

When we pray, knowing that we were created in Christ before the world began and that our lives are for the purpose of being molded into that image, then our prayers are prayers asking to see the will of God. We ask for the will of God to be seen in our lives so that His power and glory can be magnified. We should always have the kingdom of God in mind when we ask anything from our Father. This is praying “in my name”. Christ gave us the example of prayer;

Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Mat 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

This prayer was heard by His Father and answered because He was delivered from death by partaking of it and being resurrected from it. We have to go through death to be resurrected from it. We have to pray for the death of the carnal man so that we can be resurrected into the new man. Life of the new man comes from the death of the old man. Death of the old man is the creation process of the new man.

Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

His prayers were answered by going through death. The cup of suffering was removed from Him by His drinking of it. Our prayers should always be that we will understand the trials we are going through are trials whereby we learn obedience. We struggle with sin because we must go through sin to be delivered from it. How would we know what deliverance was unless we knew from what we were delivered? How would we know the will of God unless we have seen that the flesh desires things against the will of God? How can we know that the kingdom belongs to God unless we once thought it belonged to us? How can we know that the power is of God unless we have been shown that we are powerless? We have to come to the truth that we cannot control anything before we see that He is in control of everything.

Php 4:6  for nothing be anxious, but in everything by prayer, and by supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God;
Php 4:7  and the peace of God, that is surpassing all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. (YLT)

If we are anxious, we are thinking we have control. But, as we learn that all things come from Him and are for His glory, we have a peace that no matter what comes our way, it does so by the predetermined hand of God.

So, what does it mean to ask “in” G1722 “my” G3450 “name” G3686?

To ask from a fixed, rested position, knowing that we were created in Christ before the world began for the glory of God – to know this is to know rest and to know peace whenever we pray. This, like all things, only comes through suffering failure. We will ask amiss to consume upon our lusts. We will ask for things that are not according to the will of God. Because we are being created into the image which we were seen in from the foundation of the world. We were seen in Christ by God the Father before the world began, but we are just now learning who we are. We are just now seeing what He saw.

I was born in 1968 and received the name I was given, but I could not even pronounce that name for years to come. I did not know that I had a different name than others for years after I was born. I did not know that the name I inherited was my inherited name until years later, and I did not know that only those in my inherited named family were a part of me and were what I grew into knowing as my family.

I asked my Dad for many things, but He gave me what was according to his will to give me. If he did not will it, I did not receive it. Later, as I grew, I learned what to ask for, because I learned what my Dad would give me. I wanted many things, but I knew from experience that he would not give them to me. So, I learned to ask for what I knew he would give. If we have this earthly parable and example, what makes us think our heavenly Father has not used this earthly thing to teach us spiritual things? We know what He desires and we know what to ask for, but it takes trial and error to learn that lesson.

Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

What does, “be not like them”, mean? It means not to compare ourselves in prayer to how they pray to their gods. To not assimilate into the image they have shown.

From G3664; to assimilate, that is, compare; passively to become similar: – be (make) like, (in the) liken (-ess), resemble.
Total KJV occurrences: 15

We were taught to pray in the open and to use repetitions for what we wanted. But Christ tells us that Our Father already knows what we need before we ask because He has created the lives we are living. We ask in prayer because asking for things in prayer teaches us the will of God. Prayer is the method in which we learn how to assimilate into the will of God. Prayer is the way He teaches us what His will is.

Ecc 5:1  Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God.” Stop your will, hedge in your ideas and wants before you enter prayer. Pray for the need you see and leave it at the altar. Don’t try to use your will to change the will of God by your many words, because your many words show your foolish heart.

Ecc 5:2  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

God is in our hearts and minds, our heaven. He knows what’s really in our hearts. So, when we pray for one thing, desiring another, He knows it, and we are committing sin. When we approach God in our thoughts of what we need, we should always examine why we are asking and what is the true outcome we desire. We must ask ourselves if we are asking for the will of God to be done or are we asking for our will to be done.

Ecc 5:3  For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

This verse compares dreams to prayers. That is what we are dreaming for, imagining and creating in our minds. When our mind is overwhelmed in thoughts, desires of the flesh, and our lives are compassed around with a lot of things, we dream about them and fantasize about them. Prayer is the same thing. We go to God to get what we are fantasizing about, what we think would satisfy us. Scripture tells us to be satisfied and content with food and rainment, but we are not.

1Ti 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing and for sanctification.

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.
1Th 5:20  Despise not prophesyings.
1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Th 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Scripture tells us to pray for mercy;

Luk 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

We are both of the men in this parable; the flesh is the Pharisee, and the publican is the new man. The flesh claims sanctification and purity, whereas the new man prays for mercy because he sees himself as God sees him, the Pharisee. All we can pray for is mercy when we see ourselves as He sees us. Mercy in all that we ask for, mercy in all that we struggle with, and mercy that God would grant us wisdom and knowledge.

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 
Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Look at how solomon prayed when he was given kingship over Israel;

1Ki 3:5  In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
1Ki 3:6  And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
1Ki 3:7  And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 
1Ki 3:8  And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
1Ki 3:9  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
1Ki 3:10  And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
1Ki 3:11  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
1Ki 3:12  Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

We are in Christ, and that means we have been given the responsibility of reigning over all the people in our own earth – the greed, the strength, the weakness, the liars, the evil, the wicked, the proud, and whatever else that lives within us that makes up the completion of these nations. But it takes knowledge and wisdom in directing all the people in my land. It takes knowledge to see and recognize who they are and wisdom in directing them in righteousness. This is the mammon of unrighteousness with which we must learn how make friends. If we cannot rule our own spirits, if they are not subject to us as kings, then why would we expect God to give us to reign over the world in the 1000 years? This is what we are to pray for; knowledge of recognizing who they are and wisdom to rule our own people within ourselves. This is why he says to confess our sins one to another, so that we know what to pray for each other. When we get our eyes off our own gratification and our own honor, we can then be taught how to rule our own flesh and the other things will be added.

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 
Col 1:10  THAT ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 

But in what way do we pray? Is it literally on our faces, laying face down on the ground? Is it literally on our knees with our heads bowed to the ground? Is there a commandment or rule that tells us how we are to pray? Religion tells us there is a way to pray in literal terms that shows we mean business, but that is a false showing of humility. All the descriptions of praying flat on the earth, kneeling, or bowed down in some fashion are true, but they are true inwardly. To be flat on the ground is to see yourself as low as you possibly can get. It is an inward seeing of yourself as one with the dirt, with the earth’s surface, the first Adam. It is understanding that I am in the sin of my father from the beginning and there is nothing in me that would allow me to look up.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

If we are humbled to the earth, seeing ourselves as God sees us, then we are seeing the “sight of the LORD”. We are seeing what He sees. When we see what God sees, then we are like the man on the island of the Gadarenes. We run to Him by laying spiritually on our faces and worshipping Him.

Mar 5:6  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mar 5:7  And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

This is the state or position of prayer in seeing we are deserving of torments and punishment. This is also the lesson we are to get from Job.

Job 1:20  Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

So, prayer is from a state of mind and heart. It is a place where we know that the only reason we are allowed to even approach the King and Creator is because of Jesus Christ. We should not, but we will, ever take this for granted that we have a right as a human to approach God. We are only allowed, as the elect of Christ, to approach the Father because of what Christ has done and is doing in us. We should not, as we have done, assume that we have God’s ear just because we are His creation. This a lie from religion, from the beast that rises up out of the sea of humanity. The thought that all mankind has a right to speak to God is a lie. All of humanity, the complete seven continents and their inhabitants, believe they can at any time talk to God. This complete beastly imagination, with seven horns, tells its followers they are all holy and all are capable of their own free will to approach the KING of kings and LORD of lords in any way they deem fit. This is why their prayers are not heard. The King has not chosen them to even speak to Him. Esther brings this out;

Est 4:10  Again Esther (who represents Christ on our behalf) spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
Est 4:11  All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court,who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Est 4:16  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

This is a parable of an actual event which represents what Christ did for us. His flesh was not called to the King in the 30 years of His ministry, represented by the 30 days in Esther. When His flesh did approach the King, He died for it, but the King did hold out the Scepter of life and resurrected His new man from the grave, after 3 days in the grave.

Est 5:1  Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel,and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
Est 5:2  And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. 

Christ’s flesh was sacrificed for us. Esther’s royal garments are a parable of the righteousness in which Christ is clothed after He is resurrected from death to life. The scepter in the Kings hand represents the satisfaction He has in His Son, so He resurrected Him.

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 

What is so amazing is THAT righteousness is the righteousness of all the saints. All righteousness is attributed to Christ, because all righteousness which we do comes from Him. He alone is the beginning of whatever righteousness we possess.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Christ died in the flesh for our unrighteousnesses, and that was a necessary part of seeing our need for redemption. Then He is clothed with all our righteousnesses, because He is the Author of them for our redemption. All of this is represented in the story of Esther.

When we pray to God the Father, we are praying in the righteousness of Christ because whatever we do is from Him. When we use His name:

Joh 16:23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

We do so because there is no other Name under heaven whereby righteousness comes. We did not know this before and therefore could not ask anything in His name in a fashion whereby we would be heard.

Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

All religions of Babylon claim their own righteousness. All humans claim free will from all other wills, including God’s will. They all say their god is in control of all things, but then finish with, “BUT, we have free will”. When we ATTEMPT to approach God the Father with the thoughts of our own free will in our hearts, we are not heard, even if we use the name of Jesus. The Jesus we are approaching then is another Jesus, not The Jesus that is our righteousness.

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 

When our heads are bowed in our hearts and we are prostrate on our ground, knowing that nothing good comes from us independently from Christ, then and only then, can we acknowledge we have been called by the King. This is how we pray. This is why we use the Name of Jesus Christ; because it is the Name which represents dying for the unrighteousness in which we are created and resurrecting for the righteousness He recreates in us. He is all things to all people, whether they know it or not.

Act 17:23  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Act 17:24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 
Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

This same principle is shown in Israel (Christ) entering the promised land. The fruit of the promised land had come to be, from the original Sower, Noah (Christ).

Gen 9:20  And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

The very seeds that were planted originated from the vineyard of Noah. All things had been destroyed by the flood, and Noah started the regrowth of all fruit trees. So, the very grapes which came from the vineyards of the land of Canaan came from Noah. This principle is throughout scripture and is there to teach us that our own good fruit came from the original Seed. We all do good works throughout our lives; every person does. However, we never acknowledge where these good deeds come from. They are the product of the Seed. He is the One Who planted those good deeds in us to come forth when they do. He is our righteousness, and we are His inheritance.

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

We pray because it is the communication between the will of God and us who are performing the will of God. Prayer is the method in which we learn what the will of God is. We pray, or speak to God with the knowledge of His righteousness to receive the wisdom on how God is directing our lives for His purpose. We pray in the only Name whereby we may be heard, and we pray without ceasing.

1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Praying without ceasing is speaking to God all day, every day, and in all situations, always asking for wisdom to discern His revealed will. This is prayer and how we should pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

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