Shabbat Shalom, friends!
In order to tap into the Almighty Living God of Israel’s power, we should praise, pray and prophesy (that is, study bible prophesy and try to make sense of these). The Word of God and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) will guide us to accomplish this.
For this shabbat, I’m reading Yeshua’s instructions how to pray. I’ve divided the bible verses into 4 main sections: prayer basics, trust, lifting of hands and praying in the name of Yeshua. Let’s have a look at these verses and let the Word of God guide us.
Firstly, let’s read about the basics:
In Matthew 6: 4-13, Yeshua said” 4 Then your tzedakah will be in secret; and your Father, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you.5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 “And when you pray, don’t babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot.8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 You, therefore, pray like this: `Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.10 May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.11 Give us the food we need today.12 Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.13 And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.'”
Further in Matthew 7, Yeshua also explained “ 7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone here who, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone? 10 or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 So if you, even though you are bad, know how to give your children gifts that are good, how much more will your Father in heaven keep giving good things to those who keep asking him!”
Sha’ul also added that “as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.”(Ephesians 6:18) and further in James 5: 13 -18 “13 Is someone among you in trouble? He should pray. Is someone feeling good? He should sing songs of praise. 14 Is someone among you ill? He should call for the elders of the congregation. They will pray for him and rub olive oil on him in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer offered with trust will heal the one who is ill – the Lord will restore his health; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17Eliyahu was only a human being like us; yet he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and no rain fell on the Land for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the Land produced its crops.”
Secondly, we should have trust when you pray
In Matthew 21: 19 – 22, Yeshua “19 [s]potting a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. So he said to it, “May you never again bear fruit!” and immediately the fig tree dried up. 20 The talmidim saw this and were amazed. “How did the fig tree dry up so quickly?” they asked. 21 Yeshua answered them, “Yes! I tell you, if you have trust and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree; but even if you say to this mountain, `Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ it will be done. 22 In other words, you will receive everything you ask for in prayer, no matter what it is, provided you have trust.”
Also in Mark 11: 20 – 26 “ 20 In the morning, as the talmidim passed by, they saw the fig tree withered all the way to its roots. 21 Kefa remembered and said to Yeshua, “Rabbi! Look! The fig tree that you cursed has dried up!” 22 He responded, “Have the kind of trust that comes from God! 23 Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it will be done for him. 24 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, trust that you are receiving it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your offenses.” 26”
Prayer by members of the Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation, Ukraine, 2017.
Thirdly, lift your hands when you pray.
The concept of lifting one’s hands when communicating with ADONAI appears throughout the Tanakh and Brit Chadasha (from the Torah to Revelations). Yeshua also raised his hands in prayer in Luke 24:50 when He “led them out toward Beit-Anyah; then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah over them;”. We also read in 1 Timothy 2:8 “[t]herefore, it is my wish that when the men pray, no matter where, they should lift up hands that are holy – they should not become angry or get into arguments.
In the Tanakh (Old Testament), we read in the Torah that “Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings”( Leviticus 9:22). In 1 Kings 8:22 “[t]hen Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.” In the Writings / K’tuvim, “[s]o I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:4). In Lamentations 3:41 “[w]e lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven” and in Ezra 9:5 “[b]ut at the evening offering I arose from my humiliation, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the LORD my God;”
Finally, pray in the name of Yeshua Mashiach / Yeshua the Messiah / Jesus the Messiah
In Matthew 28:18 we read that “Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Thus, to conclude: whenever you pray – let’s use the basics taught about Yeshua, let’s lift our hands, pray like Eliyahu (Elijah) with trust and in the name of Yeshua. Always give thanks to ADONAI; for He is good, for His grace continues forever (Psalm 118:1) and remember that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
As a final thought, I’d like to think that the time Eliyahu lived in before he called fire from heaven i.e showed ADONAI’S power, is sort of a prophetic vision of our time: The priests / clergy / rabbis (however you want to refer to them), as in that time, aren’t following ADONAI, but are following other gods (corruption and following other own agenda of power and control), some governments (like King Ahab) are supposedly following ADONAI but in reality, these institutions always want to play it safe and support all kinds of idolatry and religions; and the people aren’t following ADONAI due to the false priests and are partying, not like it’s 1999, but as in the days of Noah. However, there is a remnant serving, praising, and praying; and walking with ADONAI. Then, ADONAI’S power was revealed to everyone. In 2017, we Jews and Gentiles, together who follow Yeshua are this remnant. We’re rebuilding the Altar of ADONAI.
Please pray for the protection of European Jews, Christians in the Middle East and that Muslims will find truth and salvation in Yeshua.
Have a peaceful Shabbat and a good week!