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The Principles of Prayer – the Key to Prayer (Watchman Nee)

The Principles of Prayer

The Principles of Prayer

  • Prayer should be initiated by God, not by man.
  • Prayer is God passing through man and his prayer.
  • Prayer is man and his prayer passing through God.
  • Prayer must be God and man praying together.
  • Prayer is not for man himself but for God.
  • Prayer is the expression of God’s intention.
  • Prayer is God’s intention entering into man’s intention.
  • Prayer is God’s heart’s desire passing through man and returning to God.
  • Prayer is the discharging of our burden to God.
  • The purpose of prayer is to glorify God.

“Prayer is a matter of great importance in the spiritual life of a Christian. Every true Christian realizes this and prays. However, even though some of the Lord’s children spend time praying over many matters, they do not seem to get through in prayer. It seems as if they have not found the way to pray. This is because they have not discovered the key…

People who have found the key do things well, they are able workers. Once a person get the key, he can do things twice as fast as others do, while those who do not have the key labor in vain…

Isaiah 62:6 says, Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night They will never keep silent.

These watchmen are men of prayer. They have to be on watch tirelessly in order to know if something is happening and cry out when it does. A man of prayer must be one who reminds the Lord continually. This is not the work of one individual or a few men; there is a need for a group of men to pray this way. “All day and all night they will never keep silent.” These are companies watching together, and together they pray unceasingly to God. Their prayers do not cease “until He establishes and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (v.7). We must persevere in prayer until the Body of Christ is built up. God needs our prayers. He wants us to have a spirit of prayer. Brothers and sisters, let us arise and learn to pray. Let us seek the key to prayer so that we may meet God’s need today… (Quotes from, The Key To Prayer, by Watchman Nee)

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