These days we often hear that walking in the Spirit is the opposite of obeying the Law. In other words, if we are led by the Spirit, we are not under the Law and we therefore do not have to obey it.
It is this kind of thinking that has resulted in the carnal, worldly, fleshly state of the people of the God, Elohim, in our day. No longer do we have to worry about obeying His Word, for that is considered legalism. Instead we now each do that which is right in our own eyes.
Over the years there have been various people who have come across my path, either in person or through books and teachings, to challenge this thinking and I am so thankful for that! People who have not catered to the doctrines and dispensations of this age. People who have stepped outside of the box of modern day churchianity and challenged the status quo.
One of these people is Brother Andrew. In light of the extreme darkness that has come over our land in the past few months, I have felt an urgency to grow my prayer life as never before. This morning I began reading the book he wrote titled “The Prayer Life”, and I would love to share with you a few things that he said in the first chapter.
1. It is a reproach to God: Our Most High and Set Apart Creator “invites us to come to Him, to converse with Him…to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him”…and we have no time. Ponder that for a while. “Do not our hearts begin to acknowledge what a dishonor, what a despite of God this is, that I dare to say I cannot find time for fellowship with Him?”
2. “It is the cause of a deficient spiritual life – it is the proof that, for the most part, our life is still under the power of the flesh… The sin of prayerlessness! (YHVH) lay the burden so heavy on our hearts that we may not rest till it is taken far from us through the name and power of (Yeshua)”
The cause of prayerlessness:
Is it not unbelief?
What is the cause of unbelief then?
The example he gives from scripture of the devil who could only be cast out through prayer and fasting… Self denial. “We wish to pray in the Spirit and at the same time walk after the flesh, and this is impossible…the Spirit must be honored not only as the Author of a new life, but also as the Leader and Director of our entire walk. Otherwise we are what the apostle calls carnal. The majority of Christians…have no real knowledge of the deep sinfulness and godlessness of that carnal nature which belongs to them and to which unconsciously they yield… The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be (Romans 8:7)”.
[Kare note: If walking in the Spirit is opposite of walking in the flesh, and the flesh is NOT subject to the Law of God… that must also mean that when we ARE walking in the Spirit we also ARE subject to the Law of God …
Would it not also mean that if you refuse to be subject to the Law of God, you are walking in the flesh and are NOT walking in the Spirit?]
“Here then we have the deep root of evil as the cause of a prayerless life. ‘The flesh’ can say prayers well enough, calling itself religious for so doing and thus satisfying conscience. But ‘the flesh’ has no desire or strength for the prayer that strives after an intimate knowledge of God; that rejoices in fellowship with Him; and that continues to lay hold of His strength. So, finally, it comes to this, ‘the flesh’ must be denied and crucified.”
“This life of ‘the flesh’ manifests itself in different ways. It appears in the hastiness of spirit, or the anger which so unexpectedly arises in you, in the lack of love for which you have so often blamed yourself; in the pleasure found in eating and drinking, about which at times your conscience has chidden you; in that seeking for your own will and honor, that confidence in your own wisdom and power, that pleasure in the world, of which you are sometimes ashamed before God. All this is life after ‘the flesh'”
Combine these thoughts from Andrew Murray with the verse found in Proverbs 28:9 “He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination” and we can see what a compound effect comes as a result of not keeping Torah in the weightier matters (of the heart), and of the ten commands which can be summarized into loving God and loving our neighbor and which can also be divided into 613 individual commands.
The summary here is that prayer is VITAL to our spiritual health and is hindered by unbelief which comes from Lawlessness at some level.
My dear friend, I do believe that the time is absolutely urgent for each of us to pray like we have never prayed before. Everywhere I turn preachers and teachers are emphasizing the spiritual darkness that has been released and I can see evidence of it all around me. In the coming months, I believe it will intensify beyond anything we can imagine and therefore we MUST be prepared and walking in the Spirit!