- Jim Corbett
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“I love to have you come to Me for many reasons, the main reason being the interaction and intimacy that We share. When you pray, you are learning to submit. You are learning to admit that you have no control over your situations. You are acknowledging that you need Me to intervene in your life. That is very wise on your part.
"When you pray for others, you have admitted that you can do nothing for them in your own power and so you turn their lives over to My power for what needs to be accomplished. That is good for you and good for them. It is good that you are learning to need Me, rather than continuing to rely on your limited resources. It is good for them, because My unlimited resources work on their need. Come to Me often. Jesus won that privilege for you. Let’s share everything. Come mostly just because I desire to be with you.”
Mark 15:37-38 AMP
37) Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.
38) And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Luke 23:44-45 NIV
44) It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
45) for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
John 5:19-20 NIV
19) Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
20) For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.”
Think of what true prayer is, however. In prayer, as we approach the Lord, we are expressing an understanding of His office as God. We are saying that we understand and fully submit to His sovereignty, His power, and His position as the ruler of all that exists.
As we lower ourselves in our own eyes, making requests or offering heart petitions of love, we are stating that He is God, and we are not. To do so moves us from our normal position of rebellious independence to one of humble submission. It honors Him, whereas our fleshly offerings cannot do so.
It might be noted here that the Bible records Jesus as stealing away for prayer often. He taught those around Him to pray – they already knew how to sing to the Lord in psalms and hymns. He even stated clearly the importance of doing nothing in our own strength and showed us the importance of submitting to His Father’s strength at all times. I am convinced that He was showing us how best to honor His Father by looking to Him for all things. That is called worship!
Teach me to need only You, Lord,