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Prayer Letter for November 2019

Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - November 2019

Dear Prayer Partners,

The Lord wants to meet with each of us in the place of prayer.

This might refer to an actual physical, public place, such as the way Jerusalem and especially the Temple were divinely set apart as a “house of prayer for all peoples.” (2 Chronicles 6:40, 7:12-15; Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13)

But it also can mean a secluded space attended by an atmosphere of intimacy and communion with God.

Jesus taught that “when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)

He said this to those living in a culture which had come to view prayer as largely a corporate act conducted in a public place. Yet he encouraged his followers to retreat alone to an inner “room” in their own homes – a tameion in Greek. This referred to a private closet or storage room inside ancient Oriental houses.

He also describes it as a “secret” place – kryptos in Greek. This is not so much secretive, as private and hidden. What is said there is between you and God. This is where we get the word “crypt” – an underground chamber beneath a church used as a burial place, or for private meetings or prayers.

Jesus himself would often retreat to the hillsides, away from the crowds and even his own followers, to spend time in prayer. The Gospel of Mark records one such instance: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Here, the Greek word for “solitary” is érēmos – meaning lonesome, unfrequented by people, deserted, desolate, or wilderness.

In such settings – the private chamber or the deserted place – it is easier to focus on the Lord and what you need to discuss with Him.

Many great servants of God in the Bible knew the secret of the hidden, secluded place of prayer and communion with God, away from all the distractions of this world. Moses had his encounter with the Almighty speaking from the burning bush while in the wilderness. Elijah also fled to the wilderness when he thought he was the only true servant of God left and desperately needed to hear from the Lord. There also is a reason that Paul fled to the wilderness (“Arabia”) after his encounter with Christ on the Damascus road. In Galatians chapter one, Paul recounts how this impacted his life so much, he had to go get alone with God to receive from Him a direct revelation of the Gospel (Galatians 1:17 through 2:2).

We are also familiar with the story of how “Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him [Jesus] and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’” (Luke 10:40)

“And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42)

Today there are even more distractions in our lives, especially in an age of cell phones and mobile devices, which put the whole world at our fingertips. And our hearts and minds must find a way to block out all the noise and digital clutter, and retreat to that special place of quiet and solitude which makes for effective prayer.

As we pray together this month – whether in a church gathering or prayer group, or in our own prayer closets – may we all find ourselves in that place of prayer, where the world and its distractions fade and we truly converse with God.

Blessings from Jerusalem!

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

 

The next day of prayer and fasting in our Isaiah 62 Global Prayer Campaign will be

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.

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