Pray that all the saints would see that taking the ground of Christ’s ascension is not an individual matter but a Body matter and would rise up as the Body to claim the ground of Christ’s ascension through prayer, claiming all that Christ attained and obtained for the carrying out of God’s economy—Col. 1:18; Acts 4:24a, 31.
Col. 1:18—And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things.
Acts 4:24a, 31—And when they heard this, they lifted up their voice with one accord to God…And when they had so besought, the place in which they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
We must pray, taking the ground of Christ’s ascension, but we must realize that this ground is not for individuals. Rather, this ground is for the Body. Christ is the Head, and we are the Body (Col. 1:18). Today as the Body of Christ, we need to claim the ground of the ascension of Christ. I believe that this was the way the disciples prayed before the day of Pentecost. I believe that by the help of the Holy Spirit they prayed that the Lord would verify His ascension to the people on the earth. We should not cry to God as poor sinners. Rather, we must take the ground of Christ’s ascension and claim, “Lord, we are Your Body. We are in You. You are the Head and we are the Body. You are Head over all things to us as the Body; therefore, we claim all that You have obtained and all that You have attained.” We simply need to claim this ground and tell the Lord that we do not agree with certain things that are happening on this earth. We also need to tell Him that we are not satisfied with the present condition, situation, and state of His people. We need to forget about all our personal problems and declare, “Hallelujah! I am a member of the Body, the Body is in the Head, and the Head, who is over all things, is in the heavens!”
After praying in such a way, we will be greatly strengthened. We will feel that the whole world cannot prevail against us, because we are in the Body and the Body is in the Head (cf. Acts 4:23-31)….I believe that when we begin to take this ground and claim the ascension of Christ, the enemy, sin, the world, the flesh, the satanic forces, the evil spirits, and every negative thing will be under our feet. By ourselves it is impossible to overcome all these things. We must realize that the Head has already overcome and that as the Body, we are joined to the Head. There is nothing for us to do; everything has already been done. Christ has accomplished everything. He is the Head over all things, and all things are under His feet. Thus, as the Body we can take the ground of the Head and claim all that He has obtained and attained. Everything that He has obtained and attained belongs to us. (CWWL, 1963, vol. 1, “Prayer on the Ground of Christ’s Ascension,” pp. 156-157)
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