I just read the first three lessons in Andrew Murray’s With Christ in the School of Prayer. Andrew Murray is a master in prayer. He set up orphanages in England as a pioneer without asking anyone except God for support. If anyone understands prayer, Andrew Murray does.
Murray’s first lesson is we must start with worship that can be done anywhere physically. The second lesson shows that prayers come from the Spirit. Oneness with the Spirit, therefore, is essential. This oneness happens in a secret place. This is not a physical location or at a certain time but a place in our heart and mind that we reserve for God. The third lesson teaches us that God knows our needs better than we. There is no need for hurriedness or worry. Instead, we receive the blessing that comes from knowing that God is our Parent who welcomes us into God’s presence wherever we may be and at any time. God wants us to bring our requests to him with the full assurance that God knows and is ready to provide us with whatever we need whenever we need it.
We have nothing to bring to God except for our desire to call him Abba Father. God requires nothing more from us. God is, after all, the Creator of all things and the Source of all love. God has nothing to gain from us except increase to the expanse of God’s sphere of love—God’s kingdom and righteousness. The increase is not for God but for the recipients of God’s love. God is a giving God. The only thing God wants is to give more.
Giving, however, is not imposing. A gift becomes a gift only when it’s received. A gift bearer may knock on a door to deliver a gift but until someone opens the door and receives it, the gift remains unclaimed. A gift bearer does not break down the door to thrust the gift down the intended recipient’s throat—that’d be a crime called “break and enter!” Prayers open up our heart and mind to receive what God desires to give us. When we ask in accordance with his Spirit, we open the door to receive what God wants to deliver to us.