Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


Why Pray?

Does Prayer Help?

Part One

Why should we want to pray?

What is the purpose of Praying?

Are you considering these concepts of prayer?

To intervene, interpose - to mediate, judge, to intercede

"There can be no doubt that prayer, prevailing prayer and prayer in a context of spiritual warfare, is a central part of the message the Spirit is giving to the churches today." Ed Silvoso’s book ‘That None Should Perish.’

The King of kings and Lord of lords instructed us:

Matt 6:5 (NLT) Bolding by MEM

"And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get.

6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. 7 When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don't be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!


Matt 6:9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. 11 Give us our food for today, 12 and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. 13 And don't let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

14 If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins…"

Pray Webster 1828 (edited for length and bolding by MEM)

PRAY, v.i.

1. To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable; to entreat; to supplicate.

Pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you. Mat 5.

2. To petition; to ask, as for a favor; as in application to a legislative body.

PRA'YER, n. In a general sense, the act of asking for a favor, and particularly with earnestness.

1. In worship, a solemn address to the Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, or an expression of our sense of God's glorious perfections, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for his mercies and benefits. A prayer however may consist of a single petition, and it may be extemporaneous, written or printed.




Is the offering of the emotions and desires of the soul to God, in the name and through the mediation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the communion of the heart with God through the aid of the Holy Spirit, and is to the Christian the very life of the soul. Without this filial spirit, no one can be a Christian, Job 21:15 Ps 10:4.

In all ages God has delighted in the prayers of his saints. From the promulgation of the law, the Hebrews did not intermit public worship daily in the tabernacle or the temple… Every day also the priests offered sacrifices, incense, offerings, and first fruits for individuals; they performed ceremonies for the redemption of the firstborn, or for purification from pollution; in a word, the people came thither from all parts to discharge their vows and to perform their devotions, not only on great and solemn days, but also on ordinary days; but nothing of this was performed without prayer, 1Ch 23:30 Ne 11:17 Lu 1:10.

Pious men were accustomed to pray thrice in the day, at fixed hours, Ps 55:7 Da 6:10. No uniform posture in prayer is enjoined in the Bible; standing with the hands outspread, 1Ki 8.22, bowing the head, Ge 24:26, kneeling, Lu 22:41, and prostration on the ground, Mt 26:39, were all practiced.

Prayer should be offered with submission to God’s will, fervently, perseveringly, and with a confiding reliance on God in Christ; it should be accompanied by humble confession and hearty thanksgiving, and with supplications for all living men, as well as for our friends and those nearest to us.

Habitual prayer to God is duty enjoined upon us by sound reason and by right affections… God requires all men thus to worship him, Eze 36:37 Mt 7:1-11 Php 4:6 1Ti 2:1-3 Jas 1:5; and for neglecting this duty there can be no sufficient excuse.

It is often said that prayer cannot alter the unchangeable purposes of God; but the great scheme of his providence embraces every prayer that shall be offered, as well as the answer it shall receiveBut he deems it best to grant many blessings in answer to prayer, which otherwise he would withhold; "He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee." The words of David will be those of every truly praying man: "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and delivered him out of all his troubles," Ps 34:6.

In Eph 6:18 1Th 5:17 1Ti 2:8, Paul directs that believers should pray in all places and at all times, lifting up pure hands towards heaven, and blessing God for all things, whether in eating, drinking, or whatever they do; and that everything be done to the glory of God, 1Co 10:31. In a word, our Savior has recommended to us to pray without ceasing, Lu 18:1; 21:36.


MEM comment: To pray is to enter a personal, relational, conversation with our Creator - the One making us in His image and likeness. We, in our fallen condition, cannot approach such a Holy, Awesome Being. But thru the Son of God, our Savior, our High Priest, our intercessor - Yeshua (Jesus) it is possible. During His incarnation, He prayed, setting the example for us.


Let us look at some examples from the First Covenant; Note the content, purpose and/or circumstances of these prayers (investigate the context):

Gen 20:17 And Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.

Gen 25:21 And Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Num 11:2 The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD, and the fire died out.

1Sam 1:27 "For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him. (Hanna, mother of Samuel)

1Sam 8:6 But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD.

2Sam 7:27 "For Thou, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made a revelation to Thy servant, saying, 'I will build you a house'; therefore Thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to Thee. (King David)

1Kgs 8:54 And it came about that when Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven. (See section "Solomon’s prayer")

Elijah and the false prophets

1Kgs 18:36 Then it came about at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that Thou, O LORD, art God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again." 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

2Kgs 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Neh 1:6 let Thine ear now be attentive and Thine eyes open to hear the prayer of Thy servant which I am praying before Thee now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Thy servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against Thee; I and my father's house have sinned. (Nehemiah)

Job 42:10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.

Ps 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!

Isa 38:5 "Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.

Isa 56:7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. …For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."

Jer 29:7Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’ …12 ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

Jer 42:4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, "I have heard you. Behold, I am going to pray to the LORD your God in accordance with your words

Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

Da 9:3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, … 17 So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.

Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish … 7 "While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.

For a greater understanding see section "Prayer Commentary / Word Study".

Yeshua prayed and told us to pray - the Patriarchs prayed and often for one another also.



Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

But the prayer of the upright is His delight.


"Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavoring something for the public good." ― Thomas à Kempis

Prayer Commentary / Word Study

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)


ISBE (edited for length and highlighted)

In the Bible "prayer" is used in a simpler and a more complex a narrower and a wider signification. In the former case it is supplication for benefits either for one's self (petition) or for others (intercession). In the latter it is an act of worship which covers all soul in its approach to God. Supplication is at the heart of it, for prayer always springs out of a sense of need and a belief that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). It is unnecessary to distinguish all the various terms for prayer that are employed in the Old Testament and the New Testament. But the fact should be noticed that in the Hebrew and Greek alone there are on the one hand words for prayer that denote a direct petition or short, sharp cry of the heart in its distress (Ps 30:2; 2Cor 12:8), and on the other "prayers" like that of Hannah (1Sa 2:1-10), which is in reality a song of thanksgiving, or that of Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, in which intercession is mingled with doxology (Eph 3:14-21).

1. In the Old Testament:

The history of prayer as it meets us here reflects various stages of experience and revelation. In the patriarchal period, when `men began to call upon the name of the Lord', prayer is naive, familiar and direct. It is evidently associated with sacrifice, the underlying idea probably being that the gift or offering would help to elicit the desired response. Analogous to this is Jacob's vow, itself a species of prayer, in which the granting of desired benefits becomes the condition of promised service and fidelity (Ge 28:20). In the pre-exilic history of Israel prayer still retains many of the primitive features of the patriarchal type. … Moreover, the free, frank access of the private individual to God is more and more giving place to the mediation of the priest, the intercession of the prophet, the ordered approach of tabernacle and temple services. The prophet, it is true, approaches God immediately and freely--Moses (Exod 34:34; Deut 34:10) and David (2Sa 7:27) are to be numbered among the prophets--but he does so in virtue of his office, and on the ground especially of his possession of the Spirit and his intercessory function.

A new epoch in the history of prayer in Israel was brought about by the experiences of the Exile. Chastisement drove the nation to seek God more earnestly than before…the spiritual path of prayer was frequented with a new assiduity. The devotional habits of Ezra, Nehemiahah and Daniel prove how large a place prayer came to hold in the individual life; while the utterances recorded in Ezra 9:6-15; Neh 1:5-11; Neh 9:5-38; Dan 9:4-19; Isa 63:7-64 serve as illustrations of the language and spirit of the prayers of the Exile, and show especially the prominence now given to confession of sin. In any survey of the Old Testament teaching the Psalms occupy a place by themselves, both on account of the large period they cover in the history and because we are ignorant in most cases as to the particular circumstances of their origin. But speaking generally it may be said that here we see the loftiest flights attained by the spirit of prayer under the old dispensation--the in tensest craving for pardon, purity and other spiritual blessings, the most heartfelt longing for a living communion with God Himself (Ps 42:2; Ps 63:1; Ps 84:2).

2. In the New Testament:

Here it will be convenient to deal separately with the material furnished by the Gospel narratives of the life and teaching of Christ and that found in the remaining books. The distinctively Christian view of prayer comes to us from the Christ of the Gospels. We have to notice His own habits in the matter (Luke 3:21; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:16; Luke 9:29; Luke 22:32; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 23:34-46; Matt 27:46; Matt 27:17), which for all who accept Him as the revealer of the Father and the final authority in religion immediately dissipate all theoretical objections to the value and efficacy of prayer. Next we have His general teaching on the subject in parables (Luke 11:5-9; Luke 18:1-14) and incidental sayings (Matt 5:44; Matt 6:5-8; Matt 7:7-11; Matt 9:38; Matt 17:21; Matt 18:19; Matt 21:22; Matt 24:20; Matt 26:41 and the parallels), which presents prayer, not as a mere energizing of the religious soul that is followed by beneficial spiritual reactions, but as the request of a child to a father (Matt 6:8; Matt 7:11), subject, indeed, to the father's will, but secure always of loving attention and response. In thus teaching us to approach God as our Father, Jesus raised prayer to its highest plane, making it not less reverent than it was at its best in Old Testament times, while far more intimate and trustful. In the LORD'S PRAYER. He summed up His ordinary teaching on the subject in a concrete example which serves as a model and breviary of prayer (Matt 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). But according to the Fourth Gospel, this was not His final word upon the subject. On the night of the betrayal, and in full view of His death and resurrection and ascension to God's right hand, He told His disciples that prayer was henceforth to be addressed to the Father in the name of the Son, and that prayer thus offered was sure to be granted (John 16:23; John 16:24; John 16:26). The differentia of Christian prayer thus consists in its being offered in the name of Christ; while the secret of its success lies on the one hand in the new access to the Father which Christ has secured for His people and on the other in the fact that prayer offered in the name of Christ will be prayer in harmony with the Father's will (Joh 15:7; compare 1John 3:22; 1John 5:13).

In the Acts and Epistles we see the apostolic church giving effect to Christ's teaching on prayer. It was in a praying atmosphere that the church was born (Ac 1:14); and throughout its early history prayer continued to be its vital breath and native air. The Epistles abound in references to prayer. Those of Paul in particular contain frequent allusions to his own personal practice in the matter (Rom 1:9; Eph 1:16; Phil 1:9; 1Thess 1:2, etc.), and many exhortations to his readers to cultivate the praying habit. But the new and characteristic thing about Christian prayer as it meets us now is its connection with the Spirit. … The gift of the Spirit, promised by Christ (Joh 14:16), has raised prayer to its highest power by securing for it a divine cooperation. Thus Christian prayer in its full New Testament meaning is prayer addressed to God as Father, in the name of Christ as Mediator, and through the enabling grace of the indwelling Spirit.

J. C. Lambert


TWOT (edited for length)

1776 (pālal) intervene, interpose, pray.

There is a rich nomenclature for "praying" in the ot. There are at least a dozen Hebrew words for pray and prayer.

What then is the relationship between the Piel and the Hithpael of this root and what is the significance of the 80 of 84 usages of this verb in the Hithpael, meaning "to pray"? First, it should be observed that several verbs in Hebrew for prayer are found preponderantly in the Hithpael stem. For example, I Kgs 8:33, "and they shall pray and make supplication." Ezra 10:1, "Now when Ezra had prayed (ûkĕhitpallēl) and confessed (ûkĕhitwadōtô), weeping, and casting himself down (ûmitnappēl) … " Isa 44:17, "and he worships (wĕyishtaḥû) and prays (wĕyitpallēl).

The traditional explanation is that the Hithpael is connected with pĕlı̂lı̂m "judges" and hence, hitpallēl means to "invoke God as judge." A second explanation, taking pālal as "to break," is that the Hithpael, a reflexive, means here, "to break oneself," that is, "to be contrite, pray," (Goldman). A third suggestion is to move from the Piel pillēl "to decide, settle an affair," to hitpallēl "to act as mediator," (Ap-Thomas). A fourth suggestion is to move from the Piel pillēl "to estimate, make assessment" to hitpallēl "to seek assessment, consideration, to pray," on the basis that one of the syntactical functions in the Hebrew Hithpael is to seek what the simple stem designates (Speiser). An interesting case where the Piel and Hithpael of pālal are juxtaposed is I Sam 2:25, "If one man sin against another, God can ‘intervene’ (ûpilĕlô ’ĕlōhı̂m) but if a man sins against the Lord who can ‘intercede’ for him (yitpallel-lô)?" GB divides the root into two verbs, *pālal I judge (mostly Piel) and pālal II pray (Hithpael).

Most often both the verb and the noun refer to intercessory prayer. This is best illustrated in Solomon’s prayer for the people at the dedication of the temple (I Kgs 8) where the root occurs 30 times in these chapters alone. The first reference there, I Kgs 8:28, reads, "listen to the prayer (tĕ pillat) of your servant and to his entreaty (tĕḥinnātō) … listen to the cry (rinnâ) and the prayer (tĕ pillâa) your servant makes to you today (mitpallēl). (See Solomon’s Prayer section)

tĕpillâ. Prayer. Found seventy-six times in the ot… Indeed five Psalms are specifically called "prayers" in their superscription (Ps 17, 86, 90, 102, 142).

Solomon’s Prayer

Solomon’s Prayer at the Dedication of the Temple

During the Feasts of the Seventh Month

1Kgs 8:22 (NAS) Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

1Kgs 8:23 And he said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in heaven above or on earth beneath, who art keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Thy servants who walk before Thee with all their heart, 24 who hast kept with Thy servant, my father David, that which Thou hast promised him; indeed, Thou hast spoken with Thy mouth and hast fulfilled it with Thy hand as it is this day. 25 Now therefore, O LORD, the God of Israel, keep with Thy servant David my father that which Thou hast promised him, saying, 'You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way to walk before Me as you have walked.' 26 Now therefore, O God of Israel, let Thy word, I pray Thee, be confirmed which Thou hast spoken to Thy servant, my father David. 27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!

1Kgs 8:28 "Yet have regard to the prayer of Thy servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Thy servant prays before Thee today; 29 that Thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which Thou hast said, 'My name shall be there,' to listen to the prayer which Thy servant shall pray toward this place. 30 And listen to the supplication of Thy servant and of Thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place; hear and forgive.

1Kgs 8:31 "If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, and he comes and takes an oath before Thine altar in this house, 32 then hear Thou in heaven and act and judge Thy servants, condemning the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

1Kgs 8:33 "When Thy people Israel are defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against Thee, if they turn to Thee again and confess Thy name and pray and make supplication to Thee in this house, 34 then hear Thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of Thy people Israel, and bring them back to the land which Thou didst give to their fathers.

1Kgs 8:35 "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against Thee, and they pray toward this place and confess Thy name and turn from their sin when Thou dost afflict them, 36 then hear Thou in heaven and forgive the sin of Thy servants and of Thy people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Thy land, which Thou hast given Thy people for an inheritance.

1Kgs 8:37 "If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, 38 whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Thy people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house; 39 then hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest, for Thou alone dost know the hearts of all the sons of men, 40 that they may fear Thee all the days that they live in the land which Thou hast given to our fathers.

1Kgs 8:41 "Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Thy people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Thy name's sake 42 (for they will hear of Thy great name and Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to Thee, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, as do Thy people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Thy name.

1Kgs 8:44 "When Thy people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way Thou shalt send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city which Thou hast chosen and the house which I have built for Thy name, 45 then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

1Kgs 8:46 "When they sin against Thee (for there is no man who does not sin) and Thou art angry with them and dost deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47 if they take thought in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and make supplication to Thee in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, 'We have sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly'; 48 if they return to Thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and pray to Thee toward their land which Thou hast given to their fathers, the city which Thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for Thy name; 49 then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause, 50 and forgive Thy people who have sinned against Thee and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against Thee, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them 51 (for they are Thy people and Thine inheritance which Thou hast brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace), 52 that Thine eyes may be open to the supplication of Thy servant and to the supplication of Thy people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to Thee. 53 For Thou hast separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Thine inheritance, as Thou didst speak through Moses Thy servant, when Thou didst bring our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord God."

1Kgs 8:54 And it came about that when Solomon had finished praying this entire prayer and supplication to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread toward heaven. 55 And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 56 "Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant. 57 May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us, 58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers. 59 And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no one else. 61 Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day."

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Learn from the past and pray for our future.

INTERESTING FACTS Some unreported stats about the 2008 election

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline  University  School of Law,  St. Paul , Minnesota ,

points out some interesting facts concerning the 2008 Presidential election:

 -Number of States won by: Democrats: 20; Republicans: 30

-Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000; Republicans: 2,427,000

-Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million; Republicans: 143 million

-Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2; Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in rented or government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.  

Lighter Side?

____Four Worms and a lesson____

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would 

add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. 
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. 
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. 

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol - Dead. 

The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead 

Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead 

Fourth worm in good clean soil - 

So, the Minister asked the congregation - 

What can you learn from this demonstration? 

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,

'As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'

That pretty much ended the service

Life in Messiah

Open Book

Do you consider the Bible to be an absolute source of truth and divinely inspired? You are right. Do you think it is as important to have the Holy Spirit involved in your comprehension of it as was necessary to write it in the first place? Have you ever prayed; 'open this book to me because I can't get it on my own'? Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. The flesh cannot comprehend them. This is an attitude toward Bible study that requires a greater level of humility, but you also know that God delighted to conceal the mysteries of the Kingdom from the wise and prudent and reveal them unto babes. Open His word and call on Him to open His word to you and He will.

One Thing About Prayer

You have Jesus (Yeshua’s) promise that you shall have whatever you ask of His in prayer. Do you consider this to be an amazing and extravagant blank check from someone with unlimited resources? How do you respond to this? Do you ask for as much as you can? His ability to give is unlimited. How great is your ability to receive? Would it be good for you to get everything you wanted, or would it leave you overwhelmed? Don't let your desire for abundance turn into unfocused fragmentation. David said, 'One thing have I desired of the Lord' and it was a good thing. Ask the Father for what you need to fulfill your destiny in Christ and you will get it with singleness of heart and purpose and vision.

(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)


Pray / Prayer

Psalm 5:2 (NAS) Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to Thee do I pray.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, Thou wilt hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.

Psalm 32:6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found…

Psalm 102:17 He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.

Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)