With the Word, praying about everything

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God spoke to Moses out of the Tabernacle.

The Lord called to Moses from the Tent of the Lord‘s presence and gave him the following rules for the Israelites to observe when they offer their sacrifices. – Leviticus 1:1-2 GNT

As soon as the shechinah presence took over the new habitation, God talked with Moses from the mercy-seat. It became the place where communion between God and man took place, a place where sacrifices took place and where He revealed His will to them. By Word and by prayer I have fellowship with God.

The first post-Resurrection prayers recorded were quite simple. Mary Magdalene’s was simply one-word.

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”) – John 20:16 GNT

The second prayer came right after that one and only five words uttered from the lips of Thomas.

 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” – John 20:28 GNT

What a great way to pray – beginning with the name of Jesus and then a declaration of who He is to me.

It reminds me to pray, in love, for everyone.

 If you make fun of poor people, you insult the God who made them. You will be punished if you take pleasure in someone’s misfortune. – Proverbs 17:5 GNT

I might say that it is a healthy way to remember to pray for my enemies, for those who are suffering. In fact, it is when I do this I show myself as a child of God having the character of God – for He is kind.

Paul suggests that I pray about everything.

 Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 GNT

Paul does not say that my problems will go away, but he does say that I will have God’s peace.

“For he so tempers the outcome of events according to his incomprehensible plan that the prayers of the saints, which are a mixture of faith and error, are not nullified. But this ought no more to be held as a valid example for imitation than as excusing the saints themselves;” – Calvin

 

 

 

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