|Ephesians 6:18-19 |
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,1 and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. [Teach us what we shall say to Him, for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. Job 37:19. If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray then you will receive what you ask in prayer, as John carefully states: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15. Unless you have crucified your sinful nature, to receive his Spirit in sufficient measure to reveal His will, you have no idea what His will is. This is why the vast majority of prayers, made in the carnal minds of beginning believers, are never answered. When we can do His will, we hear what to pray from Him, and we know for sure such prayers are heard and will be granted. A true Christian is crucified and purified by the grace of God, able to do God's will on earth as it is done in heaven; that is a true Christian's sole purpose: to pray, to speak, and to act as God directs, thus to bring pleasure, honor, and glory to God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Pray only as you are told. If told what to pray for, they can be extremely effective; to pray as heard — righteous expectation." ]
19 And pray for me, that utterance [of the word of God] may be given [by the Spirit] to me when I begin to speak2 — to confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, [For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what to say. Luke 12:12.]
2 And pray for me, that utterance [of the word of God] may be given [by the Spirit] to me when I begin to speak. Utterance is the Spirit speaking from within a spiritually mature believer, which words you can hear, telling you exactly what to say immediately before speaking. Paul wrote of his resolve to think nothing so that he could speak only what the Spirit gave utterance: For I determined to think nothing among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Cor 2:2. Then his preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit; 1 Cor 2:4, speaking not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; 1 Cor 2:13.
Mature believers have a unity with the Spirit and speak with one mouth. In the JOURNAL OF THE LIFE OF THAT FAITHFUL SERVANT AND MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, WILLIAM CATON, Will Caton writes of being given the words to speak just before speaking:
I put on courage in the name of the Lord; and having faith in him, which stood in his power, I next gave up to his will, and went in obedience to his motion. When I came to the place, behold, the consultations which before I had had, were gone, and the fear of man was departed from me; and strength, and courage, and boldness, and utterance were given me, so that I became, through him that strengthened me, a potent man rather than as a stripling, even in the face of the congregations.
I was labored much in going to steeple-houses, insomuch that there seldom passed a first-day of the week, but I was at one or another; and I was also often in markets, where I was moved to declare God's eternal truth, of which through his infinite mercy I had become his witness. Although when I went to such places as previously mentioned, I seldom knew what I would say until I came there; yet behold when I was to speak, I never lacked words or utterance to declare what the Lord had given me to publish. To the contrary, I often had fullness of words from Him to my great admiration.
The words you speak must be heard from the Spirit's utterance in the same moment before you speak, not words you heard a month ago, or a week ago, or an hour ago. From the Word of the Lord within: