“All Israel, aliens and citizens alike, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing those who carried it—-the priests, who were Levites. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel. Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—-the blessings and the curses—-just as it is written in the Book of the Law.” (Joshua8:33-34)
Blessings ensured a new nation in a new land that the God who brought victory could and would guide successfully through the repeating processes of daily life. God’s people need reassurance they stand under His daily care, and public prayer can provide such assurance.
At this time for the Israelites, the priests had special and direct access to God. Priestly blessing utilized this access on behalf of others. In Christ, beloved, all believers are priests and have the same access to God as the priest of old.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in our church worship services of today, we have priests, pastors, ministers, etc. that lead our services and will close said services with a blessings. When Jesus came to us, He taught us that we all have this same access and are to pray to God at all times. He was teaching us that this access, comes with the relationship we build with You, by first accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. Let us all understand that our access to You is a privilege we cannot earn, we can only accept it as the gift You offer us through Your Son. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Christ traded in the comfort of the manger for the cruelty of the cross, because He loved us that much.”
“So Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Xerxes—-words of goodwill and assurance—-to establish these days of Purim at their designated times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had decreed for them, and as they had established for themselves and their descendants in regard to their times of fasting and lamentation.” (Esther9:2-31)
The thirteenth day for the month of Adar (the twelfth month of the Hebrew year, corresponding to February-March) was established as a day of fasting and included prayers of repentance. The fourteenth and fifteenth are days of rejoicing. God’s people appropriately celebrate His deliverance in annual national festivals or holidays representing a type of community prayer to God. These include times of repentance and re-dedication as well a days of celebration and joy.
“Prayer, Corporate”: (Matthew 18:18–20)
The pronouns throughout this passage are plural. The context (verse 17) indicates that this verse is addressed to the church. There is a tremendous authority in agreeing prayer. Agreement in Christ’s name involves commitment to His purposes (“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Is anyone one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of he Lord.” (James5:16)
Elders do have responsibility for pastoral oversight and visitation of the sick, orphans, and widows. Their physical presence with the sick best demonstrates the love and support of the church and fosters hope for God’s power to be manifested in healing.
Christians have no exemption form the natural laws of God’s universe. We do get sick. We do have a mission to heal the sick. James described the use of oil, a medical remedy in his day as well as a symbol of God’s powerful presence. Christians should pray for the sick and use all resources available to effect healing. Ultimately we must leave the healing to God. Faith in God should not be lost if the person is not healed. Prayer never is a device by which God can be manipulated into doing our will. Faithful disciples accept God’s answer o prayer whatever it may be. Understand?