“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

All growth in the spiritual life is connected with a clearer insight into what Jesus is to us. The more I realize that Christ must be all to me and that all in Christ is for me, the more I learn to live the true life of faith, which means dying to self to live wholly in Him. The Christian life is no longer the vain struggle to live right, but resting in Christ and finding strength in Him as our life, to fight the good fight and gain the victory of faith.

This is especially true of the life of prayer. It too comes under the law of faith alone and is seen in the light of the fullness there is in Jesus. The believer understands that prayer no longer needs to be a matter of anxious care but an experience of what Christ will do for us and in us. Further, prayer is participation on earth in the life of Christ in heaven. We can begin to pray not only trusting in the merits of Jesus and in the intercession by which our unworthy prayers are made acceptable, but also in that close union by which He prays in us and we in Him. He lives in us. Because He prays, we pray. Just as the disciples, when they saw Jesus pray, asked Him to make them partakers of what He knew of prayer, so we, seeing Him as our intercessor on the throne, know that we participate with Him in the life of prayer. In the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, a wonderful reconciliation took place by which man became partaker of the divine nature. But the personal appropriation of this reconciliation in each of His members here below cannot take place without the unceasing exercise of His divine power. In conversion and sanctification, in every victory over sin and the world, there is flowing forth the power of Him who is mighty to save.

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray