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MARKETPLACE FORERUNNERS » Blog Archive » Work and the Spirit of Prayer - By Joan Hutter

Work and the Spirit of Prayer - By Joan Hutter

by Chauncey Hutter, Jr - January 11th, 2010. Filed under: Marketplace.

When the Spirit of Prayer descends upon you at work, there is little to do but surrender. Try to hide, if you may. Try to avoid the drifting of the heart into the heart of God; you can’t do it. Try to roll your chair out from beneath the showers of His promptings; it is as if the cloud would follow, remaining over you until you submit. I know. I have tried everything to keep my focus on the task at hand. But when the Spirit of God descends upon one, most often in direct answer to the crying out done earlier in the morning, one can do nothing but fold beneath the weight of this glory.

I’ll share two quick stories.

In the Missions Office

To ensure a good, long time with the Lord, in the years I needed to be at work by 8 or 8:30, I would set the alarm for 4:45 a.m. There was the coffee, the run and the prayer time to consider. I need to linger in all of these, but after a while, they run together. The alarm rings; I pour coffee. Soak in the scriptures. Sing over the King awhile. Then out for a run in the dark; a prayer run. Soon I’m driving to work. I am filled with the Word, exhilarated from the run of several miles, and enjoying the presence of the Lord. I belt out the praises there in the car while only heaven can hear. Next, I head in to the office, where I am to interview and write about missionaries from around the world. I love it.

I sit down to begin the details of the day and the Spirit of Prayer falls. Hold on; I already did this. It is the Holy Spirit, and He comes like the rain and I am drenched; He is a person with His own agenda, and thoughts from another world begin to consume me. They are the thoughts of His heart for the people everywhere around me. I begin to intercede for them. I am overtaken. The Word from earlier comes pouring through me in adoration. One thing I ask … to behold the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in His temple. He comes in waves. I write a while, focusing on the material for deadline, praying over these people simultaneously. I pause a while and relish His presence. The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me. I continue writing. I pause. I work. I pause and lose myself in Him. I am immersed. And so now is the work before me. It is soaking wet with myrrh. It is dripping with frankincense from the Ivory Palaces which have come down through eternity to park in my cubical.

Yet I can hardly make myself take a lunch break. I begin to wonder, shall I work extra hours? It doesn’t seem right. I am so enjoying the oil of His presence. I am flushed in love with Him. He has fine-tuned my ears and His whisper is sweet. I press on to complete the tasks of the day, and somehow I can. There is another force working through me. Struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.

This happened daily. I asked in the wee hours, and the Presence descended just as I began the tasks at work. What was I to do? Abide in Me, and I will abide in you.

It may sound simple, working in a Christian organization. But there is that wondering: is it right to pray while working? What if they find out I am not working every second?

Another way to look at it is: how can the product have any life without the presence of God upon it? How can the presence of God flow if it is harnessed for hours a day, closed off behind the morning “quiet time,” locked away for the car ride home? How might the end product be all it can be – without being dipped in the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, and saturated in His Spirit?

I cannot take credit, however, for this experience. It is the Lord who comes upon one with such profound thickness. I cannot even gather glory for the prayers I poured out earlier in the morning. He gave them to me. Yes, I asked for them. I asked for His heart. I asked for His mind. I asked for His thoughts. I asked for His prayers, for He ever lives to intercede. Yes, I asked what He was up to this day.

But He gave that, too. I could set the alarm and not get up, and still receive a blessing. But I need more.

It has worked differently in other job situations.

Preparing the Work Space before the mad rush of the day

As editor of a small newspaper in upstate New York, I barely had time to sneeze. So the abiding experience was much different the summers I needed to get the paper out the door six days a week.

But the cloud of His presence still filled the tabernacle. Be filled with the Spirit!

I set the alarm for about the same time: 4:45 a.m. This was after a short snooze from about 1 a.m., after work. I needed the counsel of the King. I needed to touch Life before I walked among the dead. I needed to bask in the light before I headed out in the pre-dawn darkness to prepare the office for the day.

I ate the Manna. I drank from the River.

Then I suited up and walked to work. It was a charming village of artistic, intellectual and cultural intrigue. Thousands visit each summer. But they were asleep right now. And I was praying, every step. I climbed the stairs, turned the key. Good, just me.

Now was the most important part of making a newspaper.

The ceilings reached high in the historic, windowed editorial space next to the post office. The boards awaited the pages. The computers rested. In a short while, the bustle would burst in with its continuous buzzing.

So I sang. I filled the room. I exalted the King in these lofty chambers. I glorified the Lamb. I prayed in the Spirit. The songs and Word poured forth in glorious flow. I prayed over the tasks of the day. I prayed over the desks of my dozen college writers. I surrendered my hands, my thoughts, my tongue … anew this day … to the Lord of all creation.

And He remained near in a way that propelled me through everything I had to do that day. I knew it would be long, another editorial marathon. There was the staff to lead, the public to appease, the words to balance. But I knew He was with me. He had given the songs of heaven. And, He inhabits the praises of His people.

Not always so easy, but He is worthy

Every day isn’t that lush with the manifestation of His presence, where the cloud of His glory is nearly visible to the human eye. Not every day does the skin tingle with the nudge to reach out: quick, the woman on the cane is coming and Jesus is about to heal her!

No, many days are weary valleys and wandering wildernesses. But we press in. I press on to take hold of that for which He first took hold of me.

He is worthy of all our praise and all our availability. He is worthy of living freely in us. I am not my own, I was bought at a price.

My heart’s desire is that He would be free on His earth and in His people. Have your way in us, Son of God, sweet Spirit of Prayer. Let your Kingdom come, let Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.

One thing I know to be true. Ask and it shall be given. You may not, however, have a say about when the answer comes. If you are punching a clock, trust Him. He will bring to life everything you touch as you surrender to His appearing.

Here He stands. Better look Him in the eyes. Right now. Go on. Acknowledge Him!

3 Responses to Work and the Spirit of Prayer - By Joan Hutter

  1. Mallory

    Joan — I am drenched. Keep the words coming… LOVE you.

  2. Laura Harris

    Beautiful and engaging Joan! I well remember the presence of God upon you when you prayed for me during several years ago in the business conference . This is written like an artist with a paintbrush and a reminder to all of us that indeed God loves our presence as we seek his. Thank you!

  3. vkc

    Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of one that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that
    publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
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    Isaiah 40:9 Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
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    Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
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    Nahum 1:15 Behold, on the mountains the feet of one who brings good news, Who announces peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; Pay your vows. For never again will the wicked one pass through you; He is cut off completely.
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    Psal 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
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    Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
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    Psalm 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
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    Psalm 143:8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
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    Thank you Joan, for sharing with everyone who has ears to hear and eyes to see, the beauty of your true heart and spirit in Jesus, ever full of His Joy and His Holy Spirit.

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