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Walking In The Spirit - 69

 

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Topic: Praying With Eternity In View

Date:  4th November 2009

 

Colossians 3:1-4 EMTV  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  (2)  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  (3)  For you died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God.  (4)  Whenever Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

 

It is just so easy to get caught up in Self and with the world and the things thereof. We end up with our minds set on our own busyness and lose sight of Heaven completely.  At  that point we need to be turned upside down and praying with eternity in view will do just that! Nothing will lift you out of your routine more than getting a glimpse of Eternity!

 

Paul insists that our mind, and therefore our prayers are to be set on things above, not on the things of the earth (Colossians 3:2 above).   The reason for this is that we are  citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20), who have been raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1) and who are seated with Him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).

 

Philippians 3:20-21 EMTV  (20)  For our citizenship exists in heaven, from which also we eagerly await for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  (21)  who will transform our lowly body, that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.

 

Ephesians 2:6 ASV  and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:

 

Your real self is not the person that you see in the mirror but the person you will be after Christ returns and you are found in Him.  Some with very glamorous exteriors will be found to be abominations and objects of horror (Isaiah 66:24).  Others who have been humiliated in this life will be glorified in the next like the beggar Lazarus in Luke 16.

 

The true believer has their life in Christ and has been washed by the blood, cleansed and made whole.  The believer is a completely new creation in Christ, an eternal being, with an eternal life, made in the image of Christ Jesus:

 

Colossians 3:10 MKJV  ... and having put on the new, having been renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

Romans 8:29 MKJV  For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.

 

1 Corinthians 15:49 MKJV  (49)  And according as we bore the image of the earthy man, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 MKJV  (18)  But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit.

 

As we pray with eternity in view we are changed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18 above).  Praying with eternity in view changes others as well because we are then praying for what they most need in order to be a joyous citizen of Heaven.

 

If they are not a believer we should pray that they will receive repentance and faith.

If they are filled with doubts, we should pray that they grasp the Truth in all its fullness.

If they are struggling with sin we can pray for their deliverance from temptation.

If they lack wisdom we can pray that they be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation

If they are new disciples we can pray that they will understand God's love

If they are slack and drifting away we can pray that they may know the fear of the Lord.

If they are in ministry we can pray for spiritual protection and an abundant harvest.

If they are a student of the Word we can pray that God will show them Christ.

 

If we pray with eternity in view then the needs of this world change – and get much more urgent.  We start to tremble at sin and cry out for revival. We see the lost as lost for all eternity and realize how short a time we have to reach them.

 

If we pray with eternity in view then the needs of the Church and the glory of the Church fill our minds.  Not just a better air-conditioning system but the need for holiness and unity and true fellowship and for the exercise of the spiritual gifts in love.

 

To some these may seem to be abstract and impractical things.  Our culture wants us to be like the fools in Ecclesiastes 10:19 who think that 'money is the answer for everything'. The problem is that money cannot purchase eternal life. God knows perfectly well that we need houses, cars, food, drink, clothes and so on and He will provide these things if we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).  

 

Our inheritance is ourselves perfected in Christ. We inherit eternal life, immortality, holiness, sinlessness,  incorruption, glory, an undefiled resurrection body and the image of God. We become glorious liberated sons of God who rule and reign with Christ and who finally realize the fulness of who they are as a new creation in Christ Jesus.

 

Unless we inherit eternal life no other inheritance (such as a grand castle in the sky) will matter because in the end it would be snatched away by death. We have to inherit ourselves in Christ before we can inherit anything else at all.

 

If we are to inherit ourselves in Christ and enter the Kingdom of God then our minds and prayers must be fixed above - where our life is hidden with Christ in God.  The Holy Spirit will help us to do this if we ask for it His task to show us Christ.

The prayers that we see in the New Testament were prayers for glory to come down, prayers for God to be revealed.  Prayers for boldness in preaching, for miracles, for wisdom and and revelation and hope and love and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

 

In contrast with the OT, in the NT, there are no prayers for vengeance on enemies or for victory in a physical battle between nations. In fact the cares of this life are scarcely touched upon in their prayers. They are too busy getting ready for Heaven!

 

Eternity is what matters and eternity should fill our prayers.  When eternity is our central focus then this life's trials will seem far less burdensome because we will realize the glory they are bringing us:

 

2 Corinthians 4:13-18 MKJV  (13)  For we, having the same spirit of faith (according as it is written, "I believed, and therefore I have spoken"); we also believed and therefore speak,  (14)  knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus shall also raise us up by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  (15)  For all things are for your sake, so that the superabounding grace might be made to abound through the thanksgiving of the greater number, to the glory of God.  (16)  For this cause we do not faint; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  (17)  For the lightness of our present affliction works out for us a far more excellent eternal weight of glory,  (18)  we not considering the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting.

 

Start praying over Scriptures about eternity such as Psalm 91, Revelation chapters 4&5, Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 15:12-58 and so on.

 

Fill your mind with the heavenly things.

 

Grasp hold of your reward and your inheritance and start seeing your day-to-day existence in the light of the Throne.

 

Blessings,

 

John Edmiston (johned@aibi.ph)
Pastor – Eternity Christian Fellowship
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