Last time I shared some practicalities about contemplative prayer, the kind of prayer that Mary of Bethany modeled in Luke’s gospel. And I want to expand on that this week.
For the past month we have been looking at some examples from scripture of a type of prayer that most of us are probably not familiar with.
For the past several weeks we have been looking at an incident in Luke chapter 10, where a woman named Mary (actually “Miriam” in Hebrew), who lived in the village of Bethany with her sister Martha, chose to sit at the feet of Yeshua and listen to Him teach, rather than help her sister prepare food for Yeshua and His other disciples.
We are spending several weeks looking at an experience in prayer quite different from that of intercession. Probably the best example of this type of prayer is found in glimpses we have of the life of Mary of Bethany in the gospels.
Last week we began to look at the passage in Luke 10:38-42, in which Yeshua tells us the “one thing” that is really necessary in life, especially in the life of a believer.
He defends Mary (actually, her name was Miriam in Hebrew) for sitting at His feet and listening to His teaching rather than helping her sister Martha prepare a meal.
God has a good future planned for you; but satan plans your death, too. There are crossroads ahead, and you have only two ways to go.
This week I want to begin a new series on a type of prayer that is foreign to the understanding and practice of most of the Body of Messiah on the earth today. This is really an ancient practice, going back, as we shall see to before the time of the book of Acts.
The primary verse and emphasis I want to use is Proverbs 8:32-36: “Now therefore, O sons, listen to Me, for blessed are they who keep My ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at My doorposts. For he who finds Me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD. But he who sins against Me injures himself; all those who hate Me love death.”
For more than a month we have been looking at the customs associated with the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), one of the biblical festivals that occurs in the autumn.
Last week we saw in the gospel of John how Yeshua prophetically linked Himself to the themes and elements of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), revealing who He really is.