True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth ~Charles Spurgeon
We allow ourselves to go as far as we are willing to go. Our capacity for anything is dependent on the level of which you empower yourself on a consistent basis. When it comes to prayer, many times we rely on the words we say rather than the capacity in which we have been given by God. There are many forms of prayer and how prayer is answered is dependent on the level of access God has afforded you.
Take for example the Sons of Sceva (Acts 19). They were trying to cast out a demon in a man by invoking the name of Jesus. Whether they were doing this by the mystic arts of exorcism, or whether they were doing this by merely invoking the power in the name of Jesus, the point is, they were ill-equipped to do so and were brutally punished by the demonic forces for their violations.
Take for another example when the disciples were unable to cast out the demoniac. They used the name of Jesus but was ill-equipped to cast the devil out due to their own lack of capacity in prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:14-22). Both of these instances show that there are levels to spiritual warfare in which you must have clearance for. Here are a couple of things that constitutes in the increasing of your capacity when it comes to prayer:
Volume of Prayer
“Pray without ceasing…” (1 Thess. 5:17)
Volume is the amount of space in which a substance occupies. When we think of empty containers the volume would be how much space can a liquid occupy inside of that container. When it comes to prayer, how much space does prayer occupy in your life? The less volume, the less potent. The transliteration for the word Glory is weight or the density of God. In context to volume, the more dense the volume in a container, the more potent it is. The volume and density of prayer heavily relies on HOW MUCH you pray and HOW DEEP you go in God when you pray.
Exposure in Prayer
“God is a spirit so you must worship Him in spirit and in Truth.” (John 4:24)
When it comes to prayer, what you are exposed to increases your weight, power, and density in prayer. Exposure deals with contact. Like for example: when someone is exposed to radiation, the radiation has made contact to the individual’s body and is absorbed in the person’s bodily tissue. The more you are exposed to God, the more you take on His nature. Spiritual beings must make spiritual contact with the entity that has created them.
The only way to get exposed to God is through the spirit by His Spirit. The Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). When you seek after Him truthfully with your whole heart, you become more exposed to His nature, His power, His Spirit, and His presence. The key to wielding more power in prayer is becoming more exposed to God’s power in prayer.
Absorption in Prayer
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…” (Ephesians 5:18)
Like radiation saturating human tissue, how much of God’s spirit do you absorb? Saturation and absorption is the final stage of carrying the power of God. If you do not have the capacity to be exposed to it, you will never get to the absorption level.
When you are exposed to God’s power, it will fill you to the brim until your cup runneth over. The density of your prayer life depends on how dense and saturated you are with the contact that you have made with Him. The Apostle Paul had so much of God’s power on Him, that his handkerchiefs and aprons absorbed the power that was on Him and those pieces of cloths were able to do what the Sons of Sceva couldn’t do (Acts 17).
Jesus, after praying and fasting for 40 days, could tell the disciples that the only way you are able to cast out the demon in the little boy was to increase their volume in prayer and get exposed to the Spirit of God.
Many people know of God, but not a lot of people know Him. Many people are in His presence but not a lot of people absorb is presence until there is a complete transference. As believers, individuals that want to make a change in the world through our prayers, we must get to the place of absorbing the presence and the Glory of God. We must be full of him through the contact that we have through our never-ending prayer life.
Until Next Time,.
BY:C. J Greene
CJ Greene is a follower of Christ Jesus, who travels the world with his beautiful wife Samaria Greene preaching the word of God and training up lay members of the Body of Christ in Prophetic Prayer and leadership development. CJ Greene focuses on missionary work in the nations of the world bringing not just the Word of God but a change in communities to empower those who are disenfranchised, oppressed, and deprived. To reach CJ Greene you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org