"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place..." (Matthew 6:6)
Their is JOY in "Private Praying!" So - just do it...
Having read 1 Thesolonians 5:17 "...pray without ceasing..." I challenged God to
teach me, to show me how to understand this scripture. That was over 15 years ago.
What I've learned in those first few years has transformed my relationship with God
from a casual association, to a joyous relationship in love, trust, and dynamic purpose.
Praying privately with God has a Biblical design.
As I began to cultivate a private relationship with God, I found out it was not only
empowering, and Biblical -God commands it (Deut. 6:5). The Tabernacle book uses
Biblical scripture to analytically unravel the dynamics of praying, of getting alone
with God in adoration. These primary components, 1. the Lord's prayer, 2. the types
of furnishings within the tabernacle (Spiritual activities w/in the human body), and
3. the blood of Jesus, were all divinely anticipated to assist Christians in a powerful,
personal, daily relationship with God. That's why He created us! He loves us, and
He wants to know us in oneness, making us strong for service.
Love God, Love your neighbor
We are commanded to love God and to love our neighbors. Matthew 22:37-39 These are relational issues requiring communication or prayer! The church today is very successful in its efforts to promote evangelism. Unfortuantely, because she does not teach loving God first and foremost, most ministries lack power, persistance and clear direction because they do not understand prayer. Praying privately enables the practitioner proximity to God where there is abundance in wisdom, power, and the Bible knowledge God is suppling today.
Praying without ceasing is another way the Bible teaches "abiding oneness." Private praying is learning to stream adoration to God, out of the heart, and as the residue of this proximity, this vigorus morning session is blended into our day, we become relevant to a dying world. Moses' face shown with the glory of God, having come from the presence of God, down from the mountain. I was learning from my own mountain experiences and was and is most empowering.
Here are a few quotes from out of "The Tabernacle:"
Scripture is telling us that abiding oneness is happening from the top down, but it goes deeper into whether you exercise your sonship from the bottom up. (It's) all about advancing into the proximity of God.
Just because one can cite Scripture that suggests that one is “in the spirit,” it does not follow that one really understands the nature of spiritual “in-ness.” Remember that most of our lives are lived in the vanity of our minds, which babble onward from daybreak to sunset, hardly visiting the spiritual places of the heart. For example, in John 10:3, 9 we read, “The sheep hear [the shepherd’s] voice ... [and they] will go in and out and find pasture.” If you are born again, you are not “unborn” so that you may go “out” again from relationship with Christ. By the blood of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit has saved and cleansed you, and you are not required by Jesus Christ’s words to go in and out of your cleansed condition. Jesus suggests a deeper principle in this swinging gate parable. It has little to do with reason, the thinking process, logic, or meditation upon a mystery.
Today, we have a choice to be either spiritually in or out of pasture, and aware of that relationship with God in Christ. Our consciousness of moving into an abiding relationship from the bottom up is determined by our willingness to go there. God’s relationship with us in Christ Jesus is ongoing from the top down.
The focus of this book is three fold:
1. Build a Biblical foundation for persistent, vigorous, and pleasing sessions with God in Christ.
2. Help the Jew understand her Messiah, and to reclaim the reality of true temple sacrifice.
3. Recognizing the Apostasy, or man's foolish attempts to know God apart from Christ. Access to
God is through the blood of Jesus, His atoning sacrifice (Eph. 3:16). (see bottom of Home page)
4. Have fun surfing along the way...
"...love the Lord your God..."Deut. 6:5
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