THE PRAYER WHICH GOD CANNOT IGNORE
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
John 4:23 (NKJV)
The things we champion—the values we serve—are not choices made in a vacuum. There’s a war raging for our worship, and it’s been that way since before there time began. When the subject is worship, the stakes are high—because worship matters to God, and the enemy knows it!
But what makes worship so significant?
The answer is found in the meaning of the Greek word “Proskuneo” – which means to bow down to the ground before someone, kissing their feet or the hem of their garment, or the ground in front of them. Proskuneo means to prostrate ourselves, and depicts the picture of when we fall with our face flat to the ground as we present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. It is here that we completely and utterly surrender, yield and submit to God. It speaks of a state of worship that we become, where there is intimacy and affection.
Intimacy is birth out of a personal relationship with God, which births power in return. It is here that we will find that things change when we speak. Our words are now delivered with desired results, impacting the atmosphere around us. It is through Proskuneo that our prayers start to carry power, because it is sent out of a place of relationship.
The Bible says in Psalm 17 “Let my sentences come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.”
It is a place where our sentences and our words come out of relationship, agreement and partnership with God.
DIMENSIONS OF PRAYER
The best prayer is undoubtedly praying in the Spirit. In Acts 2:4, the first thing that God poured out was the language of Heaven, and all began to speak in tongues.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
In 1 Corinthians 14:2 says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speak not unto men but unto God. For no man understand him. Howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (KJV)
The Bible also says that he that speaks in an unknown tongue, edifies his inner man.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” This scripture highlights the different dimensions of prayer.
- Asking Prayer: It is in this dimension where we bring our requests to God. In this dimension, we also labour in the Word. It is here where the spoken and the written Word of God starts to take effect in us. It is important that when we pray, we proclaim the Word of God while we are making our requests known to God. People think that asking is like asking a question or like begging for something – “please, God help me”. No! This is where we wrestle with the promises of God.
- Seeking Prayer: Many think that in the seeking dimension, we seek answers to questions that we have brought before God. In the seeking dimension, we seek Jesus. We do not seek answers, we do not seek miracles, we do not seek healing; in fact, we do not seek anything. We just seek Jesus Christ. This is where we have reached the state of utter and complete surrender, and we start to pray with groanings that cannot be uttered. In the seeking dimension, our words become few. We get straight to the point and pray from our hearts. Our prayers are no longer monotonous, mechanical or superficial. Our words are now sincere and genuine. The groanings are a state that we become, which leads to the knocking prayer.
- Knocking Prayer: This dimension is the ability to press in with persistence. It talks of a knocking that is so persistent, that it continues up until the door opens. This is a dimension where we give God no rest. When we understand the knocking dimension, we will understand that it is just a matter of time before our prayers are answered. It is here where we pray with groanings that cannot be uttered. We are knocking with all desperation. We knock, and we refuse to stop.
But what are we knocking on? We are knocking on Jesus. The Bible says in the book of John, in chapter 14:6,
“And Jesus sayeth unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me”.
It is in this dimension where we have stepped into the Holy of Holies. This is where silence now prevails. It is here where we can “Be still and know that I am God”. It is in this dimension where God speaks to us, rather than us speaking to Him.
Many times we pray amiss. Instead of a knocking prayer, we pray a seeking prayer. Or instead of asking prayer, we pray a knocking prayer. This is why the Disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray. Why would they ask Jesus this question? It is because Jesus stood in perfect harmony with God.
There is perfect harmony, unity and agreement between God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The good news is that we can access this degree of harmony, unity and agreement, too.
When we learn to take our prayer from an asking dimension, to a seeking dimension, and ultimately into a knocking dimension, God will begin to open up new realms to us. He will open the door to new dimensions to us. Suddenly, we’ll experience elevation in our spiritual walk with God, and this will spill over into the natural realm of our lives as well.
May you begin to truly tap into “Proskuneo” type prayer, and as you do, I declare and decree that breakthrough shall invade every area of your life.
In His Service,
Leon du Preez