The Hidden Life of the Grain of Wheat
by Jessie Penn-Lewis
"For ye died, and your life is hid with
Christ in God" Col 3:3.
God is teaching many of His children today
the mysteries of the kingdom, as pictures in the
seed-grain buried out of sight yet living with
Christ in God, in the power of an indissoluble life.
Just so far as they have "hated" their "own life,"
to share in the life of the Lord, do they taste the
"power of the age to come", Heb 6:5, and have the
earnest of their inheritance - a handful of the very
same life that shall be theirs in all its fullness,
when "what is mortal" shall be "swallowed up of
life", 2 Cor 5:4. United to Christ, and hidden in
God, they dwell at the source of every precious
thing, and in intercession at the Throne exercise
even now "authority over the nations," and power
"over all the power of the enemy," for "out of the
mouth of babes... hast Thou established strength ..
that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger,"
Psa 8:2. They bring forth "much fruit" by abiding in
living and hidden union with the Ascended Lord. They
hide in Him, whilst, according to His promise, He
abides in them, and glorifies His Father through
them, producing fruit that shall remain and bear the
test of the fire at the judgment seat. In Matt 6 the
characteristics of the hidden life in the aspect of
prayer are unfolded by Him Who was the very
embodiment of all He taught. It is prayer with no
thought of what others think. Matt 6:5,2. It is
prayer shut in with God, whether in private or
public, for God's hidden ones are in the inner
chamber of His Presence the moment they approach Him
anywhere, and they see and hear none but God. Matt
6:6,3. It is prayer, not so much of language as of
heart. They do not need to use "vain repetitions,"
for if they know that He heareth, they know that
they have the petitions asked of Him. Matt 6:7,4. It
is prayer sure of response, for they speak to a
Father Who knows their need, and, "how much more
shall your Father... give good things to them that
ask Him?" Matt 6:8,5. It is prayer definite and to
the point, for the Son of God knew His Father's
heart, and taught His children how few were the
words requisite to bring response. "After this
manner pray ye." Matt 6:9,6. It is the prayer of a
child to a Father, and in union with the other
children, "Our Father... in heaven." Matt 6:9. 7. It
is prayer that puts God's glory and God's kingdom
first, and before all personal interest. "Hallowed
be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come." Matt 6:9,10,8. It is
prayer with a surrendered will for the will of God
to be done in them as implicitly, and as rapidly, as
it is done in heaven. Matt 6:10,9. It is prayer, not
for luxuries, but for necessities. "Our bread for
the coming day", which means a life of simplicity,
and contentment with "such things as ye have." Matt
6:11,10. It is prayer in the spirit of forgiving
love, "we also have forgiven our debtors" -
therefore we can ask Thee to forgive us our debts.
Matt 6:12,11. It is prayer in conscious dependence
upon God's keeping and in knowledge of the terrible
forces of evil, and the evil one, arrayed against
the children of the heavenly Father in the world of
"the world rulers of this darkness." Matt 6:13.