[Exclusive] Building a House of Prayer, From the Garden of Eden to the Hill of Gethsemane

Building a House of Prayer

Eighteen Prayer Models for Approaching God’s Throne

Author | Dr. Joshua Young-Gi Hong

<From the Garden of Eden to the Hill of Gethsemane>

A lady had a dream in which she went into a store that had just opened. The owner of the store was a deity. She asked the owner what was being sold in the store, and the deity replied, “I sell everything that your heart desires.”

She decided to buy the best thing that a person could hope for. “Give me the fruits of peace of mind, love, happiness, and wisdom, as well as freedom from fear.”

The deity smiled and answered, “Ma’am, I am afraid you are in the wrong store. This store does not sell the fruits. It only sells the seeds.”

This story provides us with a precious insight on prayer. Once we get to know God, He gives us the seed to a praying heart. When we give water and fertilizer to the seed with devotion, God makes it grow and bear fruit. We need prayer training process for us to grow the seed of our prayer. Through this process, we get to know, love, and take after God as well as achieving God’s will.

The purpose of prayer is accomplished by learning how to pray, and then we begin to think by God’s will. We want what God wants and love those whom God loves. I think this is the most abundant harvest from our prayer.

The prayer training process moves our habitat from the Garden of Eden to the Hill of Gethsemane. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve pursued their way and thus caused depravity in mankind. The Garden of Eden is the symbol of prayer that insists on our will. However, Christians who want to grow spiritually have to go up the Hill of Gethsemane. Although Jesus first prayed, “Take this cup from me,” He continued, “yet not my will, but yours be done” as he confessed and prayed more earnestly. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:42-44).

When we go up the Hill of Gethsemane with Jesus, we learn the prayer of seeking God’s will and laying our covetousness, greed, and selfishness aside.

Giving up our will is more than just a sacrifice. It is a hopeful expectation for God’s help and work. When the Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he demonstrated a higher level of spirituality. He did not pray for freedom. He did not pray for his life, either. On the contrary, he prayed for the advancement of the gospel (Philippians 1:12).

As we learn how to pray more and more, we will experience that God’s will is done through us. At the same time we learn the greatness of God, who works through our weakness. In addition, we realize God’s wisdom, which works through our shallowness.

I once read a poem, entitled “A Prayer for God’s Servants” (translated here from Korean with no attempt at poetic rhyme). It touched my heart deeply, so I would like to share it with you:

If only a highly talented man can deal with this holy ministry,

Then Moses’ shepherd staff could not have separated the Red sea.

If only the rich can deal with this holy ministry,

Then five thousand men could not have been fed.

If only the wise can deal with this holy ministry,

Then a stone in David’s hand would not have knocked down Goliath.

In God’s hands for Him to use,

A dried-out rod becomes power,

A rolling stone becomes wisdom,

Small greens in a child’s hand become abundance.

Indeed, we pray for God’s servants.

Hold them stronger for their weakness.

In their joy, we rejoice;

In their peace, we rest.

Those, who are troubled by receiving and delighted by giving

Are always empty.

Fill them up with the grace from Heaven every day;

Fill them up with abundant spring water that is never used up.

That’s right. God will not use those who rely on their ability and wisdom alone. If we can go up the Hill of Gethsemane and pray for God’s will to be done, we have become prayer warriors.

I pray that the readers will be called according to God’s purpose and achieve God’s will through continuous prayer training. And, as in the above poem suggests, I ask of you, the readers, to pray earnestly for South Korean churches and their many servants of God and for all churches and God’s servants around the world. May all churches will be renewed through the efforts of the servants of God.

When our tears and God’s tears meet, the new revival will be realized. God’s kingdom has come upon us.

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