Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.(Genesis 12:68)

Chapter 12 reveals God’s purposes and actions to provide the ultimate source for our missionary teaching and actions. Abram’s encounter with the Lord, He revealed that his offspring would be given the land he was on. Abram immediately built and altar to the Lord to worship.

Prayer is large part of worship, for it represents our relationship with Him and is our way of honoring God. We may not hear God speak audibly to us today, but He does speak to us in the experience of worship through His Spirit and His Word; thus the importance of our worship, to put in the right place mentally and spiritually to “listen to Him.”


Precious Abba, way too often our private worship is less than spiritual. In fact, it is more of a list of things, we want, as opposed to what we need, and is given rather quickly and then we are off to other things and not really listening. Help us, Abba, to be better listeners, to take the time to worship on an emotional and spiritual level, and in our prayer lives, let us consider what we are asking for, before we kneel down to bring our petitions to you. Let us feel Your Presence, as we talk with You and let this be in a humble and honorable manner. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen


Anything that is impossible with mankind, is possible with God!


Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. ‘O Lord, if I have found favor in your eyes,’ he said, ‘then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.’” (Exodus34:8-9)

This prayer by Moses recognizes that the people were “stiff-necked,” wicked and certainly sinful! Repentance, is always a good way to start a prayer, and though this may seem a little “over the top,” he is bold enough to ask God to “take us as your inheritance!

Prayer is a gift from God Himself. It is a way that any of us and any time we may choose, can talk with our God. For me, it is one of the most precious moments to share our love for Him, to tell Him of our problems or concerns, to thank Him for His graciousness of resolving other concerns and then to listen to what He wants to share with us. It is relationship sharing and we need honor our relationship with Him at all times.


David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.” (1st Chronicles21:26)

It is important to understand that Chronicles is centered on the people returning home from the Babylonian Exile. Their faith may have been strong prior, but they have been shaken severely, even though the captivity was a result of their own making. David sets up an altar for burnt offering and God sending fire from heaven, said that He approved of David, which is important.

The Temple had been destroyed, and this fire was approval that it would be rebuilt on that site in the future. In times that God chooses, He responds with concrete signs to prayer. Here, David received assurance that God accepted him and would bless his Temple project even though he had sinned.

Second Thought of the Day:

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: ‘O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love, with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees, and laws you gave your servant Moses. Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘if you are unfaithful, I will scatter your among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ ‘They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.’ I was cup-bearer to the king.” (Nehemiah 1:4-11)

Much like Ezra, Nehemiah identified himself with sinful Israel and confessed Israel’s sins to God. Nehemiah went a step further than Ezra did, he claimed the promises of Scripture and asked for success as he initiated a plan to help Israel. Ezra initiated his plan only in a second step.

Confession of sin is an appropriate prayer before one undertakes a challenging project for God and His people. It is important to establish a rebirth of your relationship with God before anything else takes place. Persons who have turned to other gods, activities, or goals as life’s enter need to repent. Repentance is returning to God an obeying His commands. God promised to bless His exiled people when they repented.


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