Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

1 Kings 12:19
Isra’el has been in rebellion against the dynasty of David to this day.
 
My heart breaks reading this verse. The very people who are supposed to introduce the rest of the world to ADONAI have been ignoring Him since the death of Shlomo. Sure there is a remnant that hasn’t forgotten but we are to pray for the whole nation. It is when the whole of Jerusalem calls Baruch haba B’Shem ADONAI, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, that Yeshua returns. Lord grant that Your people turn back to You and Yeshua returns to reign forever. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Overfilling

Philippians 1:9-11
And this is my prayer: that your love may more and more overflow in fullness of knowledge and depth of discernment, so that you will be able to determine what is best and thus be pure and without blame for the Day of the Messiah, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Yeshua the Messiah—to the glory and praise of God.
 
It is not enough to love ADONAI. One must grow in this love daily so that our love for Him overflows into everything that we do. By doing that then it overflows into our actions that set us apart of God and shows the world our witness. How do we grow our love into knowledge and discernment, by spending time with ADONAI in prayer and studying His Word so that it is sealed within our minds and our hearts and as our relationship gets deeper and deeper our actions become stronger and stronger in serving ADONAI. Lord let my love for You never fail in letting others know about You. Shame me if I ever doubt or fail to stand up to witness for You in this life. Let Your ox goads teach me and make me disciplined in my love for You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Power in the Prayer

Ephesians 6:17-18
And take the helmet of deliverance;along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.

Of all the pieces of the armor of God that Sha’ul describe it is our trust in the salvation from Yeshua and our dependence on scripture that powers our prayers at all times. As Sholomo says in Proverbs a person’s prayers without trust in the Word is an abomination. We must focus on the Word so as to pray properly. Lord let me always follow Your leading and not get distracted by my own selfish desires. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

The heart of it.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about. For God will bring to judgment everything we do, including every secret, whether good or bad.
[Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about.]
 
There is only one thing that we have been called to do, Fear God and keep His laws. Reverence for ADONAI’s power, love and leadership in our lives is the foundation of our purpose in this life to worship Him. How do we worship Him by keeping His mitzvot, His law. What is God’s law to love the Lord with all our heart mind and soul and to love each other as we would ourselves. As a friend of mine has said, “The Ten Commandments tells us how to do this, the Torah and prophets why we should do this and the New Testament is commentary on what happens when we follow these two commands.” Lord keep me always in Your hand and let me grow everyday closer to You and Your Word which is life to all who believe. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Community

Ephesians 4:2-3
Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom.
 
How can we live together if we don’t set our own selfish pride aside and seek to serve each other for the good of the body of believers. Letting the Ruach bind us together in dedication and love so that there can be peace among us and in that peace of God’s be an example to the world. Lord thank Your for Your Spirit in our lives. Thank You for considering us worthy of redemption through the sacrifice of Yeshua. Thank You for filling my heart again even after I tried to flee from You. Praise Your holy name, amen.

A Satisfied Man

Ecclesiastes 5:17-19
This is what I have seen to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, drink and enjoy the good that results from all his work that he engages in under the sun for all the days of his life that God has given him, for this is his allotted portion. Also, everyone to whom God has given riches and wealth, along with the power to enjoy it, so that he takes his allotted portion and finds pleasure in his work—this is a gift of God; for he will not brood over the fact that his life is short, since God keeps him occupied with what will bring him joy.
 
I thank God that he has always placed me in jobs where my needs are satisfied and my free time could be spent with family and friends. I have never been one to chase the dollar and at this point in my life I am glad because it gives me the time to pray and study the Word of ADONAI. Lord let me always find joy and honor in the simple things that You give me. Let Your Word always open new worlds of understanding. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Permanence

Ecclesiastes 3:14
I know that whatever God does will last forever;
there is nothing to add or subtract from it;
and God has done it so that people will fear him.
The author of Ecclesiastes goes to great lengths to tell us that everything that we as humans can do under our own power is pointless. There is nothing we can achieve to stand the test of time. Yet ADONAI has a permanence that exist outside of time and when we come to understand this and accept His calling through Yeshua that is when we gain the wisdom to fear God. That is when we stop doing what we feel like and consider how our actions might affect others as they search for salvation in ADONAI. Lord I cannot even conceive how awesome You are, yet You are the Rock that sustains life. Keep me always in Your hand and protect me from the folly of my own wanderings so that I may always be a witness for Your salvation. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

The Creator

Psalms 33:8-9
Let all the earth fear ADONAI!
Let all living in the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and there it was;
he commanded, and there it stood.
 
The beginning of fearing ADONAI is wisdom. Part of that wisdom is understanding He created everything. There is nothing that has life and breath that He did not make. Even when I build a table or bookcase God in His blessing created the tree from where the wood was taken, the oil for the maintaining of the wood, the pigment for the paint, and giving me the idea for reshaping the wood to use, all are part of God’s creation. Knowing this how can one not worship the Maker of All Things. Abba I praise You for all that You have given me through Your hand. You have blessed me with life, family, friends and opportunity to continue to serve You. Bless Your Holy Name. Lord help me to stay worthy of Your gifts. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Torah

Proverbs 28:9
If a person will not listen to Torah,
even his prayer is an abomination.
 
How can one pray to ADONAI and not know His Word. It is His Word that tells us how to approach Him with our praises, with our blessings, with our supplications, and with our thanksgivings. Torah shows us what sin is and why we need to ask for forgiveness and salvation through the blood of Yeshua. God’s Word, Torah, is the foundation for the very way all believers live in this time. Lord thank You for Your Word and the embodiment of this Word in Yeshua. Lord continue to write Your Word on my heart and in my mind so I might better serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Be Bold

Proverbs 25:26
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
is a righteous person who gives way before the wicked.
 
As believers we must stand firm on the rock that is our salvation, that is the sacrifice of Yeshua for our sin and the leadership of ADONAI in our lives through the speaking of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, into our lives. I know for myself I have compromised the message of love and redemption that Yeshua gave us through the Word for fear that I would receive a negative reaction from the others around me. If I cannot put into words what my salvation is founded on how can anyone else truly know, where is the testimony to support my actions. Lord forgive me for not being totally committed to Your service for failing to take the example of Y’hoshua and be strong and be bold in all things. Lord forgive me and consecrate me once again so I am filled with Your Spirit and in Your strength go boldly forward once more. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.