Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh al 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 12:6-8)

The building of an altar refers to worship. Prayer is part of that worship. 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.


Precious Abba, today we honor our ability to pray directly to God. Yes, it is most certainly apart of worship, but it is also representative of our relationship with Him, that we are able to pray to Him and receive a reply. It may be a spiritual reply, or as a part of the worship experience, that we hear His voice. Today also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen


If you stand for nothing—-you’ll fall for anything.”


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.” (Exodus 34:8-9)

Moses worshiped the Lord with a prayer confessing sins and asking for forgiveness. Individual worship keeps community needs in focus, understand?


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 Chronicles 21:26)

It is evident that David understood the fire as approval of this site for the future Temple. In times He chooses God responds with concrete signs to prayer. Here David received assurance God accepted him and would bless his Temple project even though he had sinned.


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 hours, 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 y our servant Moses, saying, ‘if you are unfaithful, I will scatter you 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 have 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 cupbearer to the king.’” (Nehemiah 1:4-11)

Like Ezra, Nehemiah identified himself with sinful Israel and confessed Israel’s sins to God. Nehemiah went a step beyond Ezra. 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.

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