Pray that the saints would be perfected in their personal fellowship with the Lord, learning to speak to the Lord genuinely from the heart and to pray according to the anointing Spirit moving in their spirit (John 4:23-24 and note 245; 1 John 2:20, 27; Hymns, #784, s. 4 and chorus).

John 4:23-24—But an hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truthfulness, for the Father also seeks such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.

John 4:245, truthfulness—According to the context of this chapter and the entire revelation of John’s Gospel, truthfulness here denotes the divine reality becoming man’s genuineness and sincerity (which are the opposite of the hypocrisy of the immoral Samaritan worshipper—vv. 16-18) for the true worship of God. The divine reality is Christ (who is the reality—14:6) as the reality of all the offerings of the Old Testament for the worship of God (1:29; 3:14) and as the fountain of the living water, the life-giving Spirit (vv. 7-15), partaken of and drunk by His believers to be the reality within them, which eventually becomes their genuineness and sincerity in which they worship God with the worship that He seeks. See note 66 in 1 John 1; Rom. 3:7; and note 82 in Rom. 15.

1 John 2:20, 27—And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know…And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.

Hymns, #784, stanza 4 and chorus

Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
   Speaking nothing in pretense;
Ask according to the spirit,
   Praying by the inner sense.

   Chorus:
   Pray to fellowship with Jesus;
      In the spirit seek His face.
   Ask and listen in His presence,
      Waiting in the secret place.

MINISTRY PORTION:

Prayer that contacts God consists of words spoken genuinely from the heart. We must pray according to our inward feeling. We should not exercise our mind like a student taking an exam. Neither should we focus on the wording of prayer as if we are writing an essay…When we come before God to pray, we should not be pretentious. We should speak what we feel within. When we are angry, we should voice our anger before God. When we are happy, we should voice our happiness before God. When we are sad, we should voice our sadness before God. When we are under pressure, we should speak of this pressure before God. When we sense that we are sinful, we should confess it before God. We should speak what we feel within, speaking genuine words from our heart. (CWWL, 1959, vol. 3, “Lessons for New Believers,” lesson 23, pp. 308-309)

Also, if we want to be ready and willing for the filling of the Spirit, we must pray (Acts 1:14). When we pray for this matter, we must forget about our circumstances, our memories, and all the thoughts in our mind. Instead, we must take care of the sense, feeling, or consciousness in the innermost part of our being. This sense is the anointing of the Holy Spirit within us (1 John 2:20, 27). When we pray for this matter, we must take care of this feeling and utter what we sense in our innermost part. We must not be bothered by our needs or circumstances. Instead, we must go to the Lord and take care of the feeling in the innermost part of our being.

For instance, suppose there is a brother whose wife is seriously ill. If you were this brother, and you were going to the Lord to pray, could you forget about your wife’s illness? This would not be easy. Surely your wife’s illness would be on your mind. However, if you want to learn how to pray, you must exercise to forget about everything when you go to the Lord. Even if your wife is seriously ill, you must forget about that and take care of the innermost sense. You must not pray according to your circumstances, needs, memory, or what others have requested; rather, you must pray according to what you sense in your innermost being…

The more we pray according to our innermost feeling, the more we will be in the spirit, and the more the Spirit will fill us. Ultimately, we will be filled with the Spirit. (CWWL, 1963, vol. 4, “The Exercise of Our Spirit for the Release of the Spirit,” ch. 1, pp. 113-114)

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