Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Love Each Other / Glorify God part 24 – Romans, part 249

Romans 15:30 Now I urge you, brethren, through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and through the love of the Ruach, to press on together with me—with prayers to God on my behalf.

Before we deal with the “press on” part, let’s first deal with the “prayers to God” part.  What is prayer, and why does God put a premium on it?  Prayer is communication with God.  Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you—I will tell you great and hidden things, which you do not know.”  God created the world so He would have a place to enjoy fellowship with mankind, whom He gave dominion over His creation.  That “fellowship” (and any fellowship for that matter) requires communication.  Relationships are based on trust, and trust is always based on honest communication.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Paul is asking the faithful in Rome to pray to God on his behalf.  In other words, he is asking for prayer to lift him up before the Lord for favor and blessing.  Paul knows this (and so do we) from Jacob, Apostolic leader of the body of Messiah in Jerusalem, and the half brother of Yeshua…. Jacob 5:16b The effective prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.  

Don’t miss the point here… we also ought to lift each other up for favor and blessing.  Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Ruach on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim.  “Persevere” means to pray even when you don’t feel like it.  And pray for each other – God loves it when his children love each other.  Paul already wrote these instructions to the… Romans 12:11  Do not be lagging in zeal; be fervent in spirit. Keep serving the Lord, 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the kedoshim, extending hospitality.  Notice in the middle of this admonition, “persisting in prayer.”

Which leads us to a final comment regarding “press on together with me.”  The term “press in” has been overused.  Too ofter it becomes a stick to beat the people.  Leaders of communities should “lead” their flock and not “drive” them.  Do you see the difference?  There are too many “guilt trips” in the kingdom of God.

The question, “Do you pray enough?” Is a trap.  The command is… 1Thessalonians 5:17 pray constantly.  The attractions of this world are trying to steal our attention away from God and His purposes.  Defeat the enemy by staying focused on the Lord.  Paul said it… Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.  But Isaiah said it first… Isaiah 26:3 You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  

May that last verse describe you and me as we walk together on the road to Jerusalem.  Blessings, my friends.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Tuesday 2-Jan-24
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