We are in the Torah series titled The Covenant of God – Repentance Series –
Have you ever felt that when you pray the Lord God ignores your prayers, or, do you feel as if your prayers bounce off the ceiling? We have been told that the Lord knows what we need even before we ask. (Matthew 6:8) If the Lord already knows what we want, why is prayer necessary in the first place? Why do we need to pray? If we are serious about our faith, then prayer is an essential part of our lives and our relationship with the Lord. Do you believe praying in the name of Jesus guarantees your prayers are heard and answered? Is this what we are taught according to the Scriptures? King Solomon said in Mishley / Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous. (NASB) Based upon Solomon’s assessment, if we are living in sin, the Lord will not hear our prayers. (See also David’s opinion on this in Tehillim / Psalms 66:18) It is important to understand that the Lord is always in the process of teaching us. When life is suddenly full of inconveniences being thrown our way, stop and ask, “Is the Lord trying to get my attention?” When the problems are larger than minor inconveniences i.e. an auto accident or financial stress, then the Lord God may be calling out to us on a different level saying there is something deep within that you need to rectify. Consider the words of the Apostle James and Peter; James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (NASB) and 1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. (KJV) Based upon these Scriptures, is there more to the Lord hearing our prayers than simply speaking to Him? In this week’s Torah Portion, it appears as if Jacob very carefully chose his path based upon his faith for a place to rest and lay down to sleep. (Bereshit / Genesis 28:1, א וַיִּקְרָא יִצְחָק אֶל-יַעֲקֹב וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ וַיְצַוֵּהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ לֹא-תִקַּח אִשָּׁה מִבְּנוֹת כְּנָעַן:) As a result, he met with God and the Lord confirmed the covenant He had sworn to his fathers, Abraham and Isaac. The key to hearing from the Lord was founded upon his faithfulness to the covenant of God that is related to his walking in God’s ways. Does this remain an important aspect of our lives today in Yeshua the Messiah?
While studying the Bible, it is important to take a multidisciplinary approach by considering the history, the culture, the people, and the languages in order to help us understand the Scriptures and how to apply God's Word to our lives. MATSATI.COM Teaching Ministry examines the Hebrew Scriptures (Masoretic Text), the Aramaic (Targumim), and the Greek (Septuagint), coupled with studies in the rabbinic literature (Talmud Bavli, Mishnah, Midrashim, with the classical commentators: Rashi, Sforno, Rambam, etc). Our goal is to immerse ourselves in the language, the history, the culture, and the people who lived in the time of Moshe, the Prophets, and the Messiah, in order to deepen our understanding of Scripture, increase our faith, and grow in our relationship with the Lord!
I hope you enjoy this short study.
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