Pray that all the saints, taking the ground of Christ’s ascension and based on the fact that the Lord has ascended to the heavens, attained to the highest place, and obtained all things, would enter into a specific, definite, and extraordinary kind of prayer—prayer that is based upon Christ’s ascension and claims all that He has obtained and attained in His ascension—Rev. 5:6a; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22.
Rev. 5:6a—And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain.
Matt. 28:18—And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Eph. 1:22—And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.
What is the Lord doing in the heavenlies today? The Bible tells us that He is waiting for His enemies to be subdued and made the footstool for His feet (Heb. 10:13). How will this be accomplished while He is waiting? This will be accomplished by the church praying a certain kind of prayer. The prayer that is needed is not an ordinary kind of prayer but a specific, definite, and extraordinary kind of prayer. This kind of prayer is based upon the ascension of Christ and claims all that the Lord has obtained and attained in His ascension. This prayer takes the ground of Christ’s ascension and is based upon the fact that the Lord has ascended to the heavens, attained to the highest place, and obtained all things.
Today there is nothing left for Christ to attain or obtain. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him, all the enemies have been subjected under His feet, and He is now Head over all things (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22b). Moreover, God not only subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things; He also gave Him to be Head over all things to the church. Christ is not only Head over all things for the church; He is also Head over all things to the church. This means that since He is Head over all things, the church as His Body shares in His headship over all things. We are in Him, we are identified with Him, and we are mingled with Him. Thus, He is Head over all things, and the church participates in His headship. He has been made Head over all things to the church.
We need to take hold of this fact. We need to take this ground and claim all that the Lord has obtained and attained. Today the Lord is waiting for His church on earth to function. He is waiting for the church to pray, claiming all that He has obtained and attained. Thus, we all must go to the Lord, not by ourselves but with some other brothers and sisters, to pray in a special way. Perhaps we have never prayed in this way, but I believe that if we look to the Lord, He will show us something. (CWWL, 1963, vol. 1, “Prayer on the Ground of Christ’s Ascension,” pp. 154–155)
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