Prayer Triangle

‘An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God—that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying—the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on—the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole threefold life of the three-personal Being is actually going on in that ordinary little bed- room where an ordinary man is saying his prayers. The man is being caught up into the higher kinds of life—what I called Zoe or spiritual life: he is being pulled into God, by God, while still remaining himself” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).

I’ve noticed that most of the prayers that God hears are really the ones that God prompted me to pray. Even more, I sense that when I can’t find the right words — or even words at all — I can rely on the Holy Spirit to interpret what I want to say, what I long to say, what I’m unable to say and put it in words that God can answer.

So basically I’m praying to God the Father from God the Holy Spirit within based on the finished work of God the Son, who lives and pleads for me before God the Father. That concept makes my brain hurt, but at the same time, I’m eternally grateful that it works.

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