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Words from Last Sabbath: Leviticus 21 and Message “Essence of Prayer pt.2 “

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Leviticus 21

Essence of Prayer Pt.2

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“Essence of Prayer pt.2”

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Hear the Word of the Lord given by the Psalmist under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Psa_66:16  Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
Psa 66:17  I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
Psa 66:18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Psa 66:19  But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psa 66:20  Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
Let us here end in reading the word of the Lord which has been written to US.

And let us now bow our head and ask for understanding and a blessing to hear the Word at this time. AMEN

Today my subject is concerning prayer, we will- you all may remember that I had preached a message a couple years ago on Prayer, the Essense of Prayer and I intend on using this Psalm of resurrections.

Psalm 66 while called in the LXX as Psalm of resurrection and is considered a psalm for the end of the age or the last day.
Brenton LXX: Psa_66:1  For the end, a Song of Psalm of resurrection. Shout unto God, all the earth.

The Psalm has 4 divisions- by 3 pauses or Saleh’s in it. and if we are to take this psalm as coming from the lips of those who are standing in their resurrected bodies, then the divisions of this psalm will all be the expressions of absolutely saved men and women and their experience in their past life.

1. Praise
Psa_66:1-4  Let all the earth worship thee, and sing to thee; let them sing to thy name. Pause.

2. Remembrance of the miraculous
Psa_66:5-7  who by his power is Lord over the age, his eyes look upon the nations; let not them that provoke him be exalted in themselves. Pause.

Thanks giving

Psa_66:8-15  I will offer to thee whole-burnt-sacrifices full of marrow, with incense and rams; I will sacrifice to thee oxen with goats. Pause.

Psa 66:17  I cried to him with my mouth, and exalted him with my tongue.
Psa 66:18  If I have regarded iniquity in my heart, let not the Lord hearken to me.

The Brenton Lxx reads this prayer section thus:

Psa 66:16  Come, hear, and I will tell, all ye that fear God, how great things he has done for my soul.
Psa 66:17  I cried to him with my mouth, and exalted him with my tongue.
Psa 66:18  If I have regarded iniquity in my heart, let not the Lord hearken to me.
Psa 66:19  Therefore God has hearkened to me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psa 66:20  Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

The Last 2 verses are what grabbed my attention last week

Have you considered our scriptural prayer today?

I want to make a point about all of the people of God whom we think to be prayers or prayer warriors as we some times call it.

These men and women are marked by 2 attributes about their prayer and person:
1. they realize that God knows who they really are
2. they do not pray and do nothing but they pray and do all they can do according to the will of God

We even see this in Jesus’s prayers
Mat_26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Here even Jesus God manifest in the flesh in whom all the fulness of the Godhead dwelt bodily, prays in his humanity but knows in his divinity that He must drink- but here He presents his humanity to us to observe and consider as he is honestly being who he is before the will of God

In the Lord’s prayer we find this sentiment taught to us, especially when we contrast the Will of God which God will enact -with that which we are called to enact in our life with our strength:
Mat_6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. 
Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

1. they realize that God knows who they really are
2. they do not pray and do nothing but they pray and do all they can do according to the will of God

See God knows if we really want what we pray for when we are in need, or in desire.

God knows if our prayer desires His glory or our own
God knows if we are seeking our own fleshy benefit of his kingdoms Benefit:

Mar_12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:

In short God knows if we are in our heart mind soul and ‘strength’-our body, he knows how hard we are seeking by living prayer:
Mat_6:33  seeking first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

and likewise God knows also if Our prayer, goeth not out of feigned lips. (false, deceitful or guileful)

Psa_17:1  Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

But what does God do when we pray a prayer or ask others to pray for us with false lips? that is to say to do opposite to the prayer expressed in:

Psa_66:18 If I have regarded iniquity in my heart, let not the Lord hearken to me. 
Psa 66:19 Therefore God has hearkened to me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 
Psa 66:20  Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. 

What if we have regarded, considered, know of or have an inclination about some injusticeG93 an iniquity in our heart and yet we pray for God to help us, save us, teach us, direct us, lead us?
Then the opposite of this statement would be true:

God would not hearken to me; not attend to the voice of my prayer.
God, would turned away my prayer and his mercy from me.

Let me show you.
pro_28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 

The prophet Jeremiah tells us about prayers that he prays for His people that he knows God will not accomplish

Lam_3:8  Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

and it continues
Lam_3:44  Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
Lam 3:45  Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. 
Lam 3:46  All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 
Lam 3:47  Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 
Lam 3:48  Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 

Now I will not say that Jeremiah’s love for his rebellious race was wrong, but while Jeremiah would have saved his destroyed people, he knew and if you continue reading becomes acquainted and promoting of God’s will to punish Israel for her sin and wickedness.

Lam 3:63  Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick. 
Lam 3:64  Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 
Lam 3:65  Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. 
Lam 3:66  Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD. 

Here is my point, God will not be changed by the prayer of a just man, but a just man will be changed by coming to understand the will of God when it is made known.

Some one is surely thinking “But the Scripture says, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. ”
ESV The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 
And that it does, but
Considered the correlation between the sentiments of many verses that are similar to what we have read in considered of Psa 66:18 “If I have regarded injustice in my heart, let not the Lord hearken to me? “

The correspondence is justice or righteousness vs. injustice
look at the context

Jas 5:13  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 
Jas 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 
Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 
Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

The man is confessing and doing, justifying God first and then to prayer in acknowledgement of the need for God’s help.
What he is not doing is laying in bed waiting for some one to offer prayer, no like the example is- he the afflicted man is brout to prayer, the merry man is brought to psalms.
And while God is warning us to be a just people and honest people in our heart in prayer, God and we know this is not dealing with our perfection, but it is dealing with our honesty, and here is the contemplation we must have with God.

Psa_143:1  A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. 
Psa 143:2  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. 

and yet again

pro_28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 

The point is this, we find doing what can be done accompanying the prayer and the prayer accompanying the doing.

Look at a Prayer from Solomon after he had received wisdom and built the house of God, he did and then he prayed, he built upon his father’s labors and prayer to accomplish it.

1Ki 8:28  Yet, O Lord God of Israel, thou shalt look upon my petition, to hear the prayer which thy servant prays to thee in thy presence this day

Our prayer must be:
Psa_69:13  But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Look at the actions taken by a man who is entering into battle spiritually on the evil day “having done all, to stand. ”
Eph_6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

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About JS Lowther

Foremost I know that I am a chief sinner saved by Grace. I am a servant of YHWH Almighty the one true God Who is Father, Son and Spirit. I believe in God's only begotten and perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ whose redemption power of my soul I have Faith in and testify of. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the knowledge of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant God made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) whereby He writes His Law upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church, Jesu(s) Christ to affect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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