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.
January 12 | Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17
Genesis 29 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon...
January 11 | Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34
Genesis 27 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my...
January 10 | Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17
Genesis 25 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. And the sons of...
January 9 | Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7
Genesis 23 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. And Abraham stood up from...