Prayer

Challenging our prayer life.

 

The Place of Prayer

Meeting with God on a Daily Basis

History tells us Abraham found shade for his family under a grove of large oak trees known as the “Plains (or the Oaks) of Mamre.” The trees were situated at the top of Mount Hebron as it looked over the area known as Sodom and Gomorrah. This site became known as “Abraham’s Oaks.” Historians and theologians alike believe this was the place where Abraham communed with God. It was here God answered Abraham’s prayer for a son to be his heir, and it was here he begged God to spare Sodom for his nephew Lot’s sake.

We will never make it through the storms of life without finding a place to meet the Lord. Isaac went into the field. Christ went to a mountain. Peter resorted to a housetop. Daniel’s place was by an open window.

Is there a place in your house or on your property where you feel especially close to God? Find a quiet, peaceful place and let it become your place of prayer.

Abraham’s place was special to him. It was a sacred place where he met with God. I believe this type of place was what the songwriter spoke of when he penned these words:

I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

Had Abraham not had a place where he stood before God, Lot and his family would have burned with everyone else in the flames of Sodom. Do you have a place of prayer? People are counting on you to have a place where you and God meet every day.

Interceding for Others

Women are known to be prayer warriors. Sometimes this perception is not always true though. As the New Year begins, I would like to challenge each of you to become a real prayer warrior. Not just for yourself and your family, but consider the needs of others.

Praying for others can sometimes make your needs seem so small and insignificant. Just this past Sunday one of our senior adults ask me to pray that they would find their hearing-aid they had lost. The cost of the hearing aid was $3,200. I was so burdened for this devoted saint of God. I began praying that very evening and several times the next morning. About 10:15 am on Monday morning, my phone rang and it was a blessing to hear that the costly hearing-aid had been found. I realize I was not the only person praying, but God did answer an urgent prayer request because of the prayers of God’s people. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Someday, you will be on the other side of those prayers. The Bible promises us in II Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The day is coming when you will suffer problems and tribulation, and you will need the prayers of others. It is my prayer you will be found faithful in the coming year to pray for others and their needs.

February 19 | Leviticus 25; Mark 1:23-45

Leviticus 25 And the Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years...

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February 18 | Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22

Leviticus 23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is...

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February 17 | Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28

Leviticus 21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people: But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and...

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February 16 | Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66

Leviticus 19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the Lord...

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