THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
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Part 24: Ezra Falls Upon His Knees In Prayer
(Ezra 9:5-6, 1-4)
Editors Note: Many have come this way although claiming to see God with no thanks in their hearts and mind while the tongue goes silent. We thus see many blessings go not with the Wind as there is less submission to prayer. We relish the time and place of prayer. I stood up; laid down reaching to the Heavens I also kneeled in a humble reverent posture to the Lord. In this I thanked God for his many blessings especially for the miracle and power of prayer.
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved many have fell and fall prostrate before the Lord in prayer. Here we see Ezra calling out to the Lord. Our primary verse is verse 5 however we will also tack on verse 6 to get a good feeling here of what Ezra is revealing. Meanwhile we will then note the 4 preceding verses to harness the background thought that leads up to verses 5 & 6.
Ezra 9: 5- 6: “And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,”
“And said, O my God I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” (Also see II Chronicles 28:9)
Did Ezra learn of the sins of the people and thus fall to his knees in prayer? Did the regular religious services motivate his prayer or did the sins of the people? Many come even today ashamed of the sins and the iniquities of the people. However we look to the high heavens as did Ezra. Who stands today not guilty but with great concern for the nation and its people? Brethren is there a blessing in standing with God as man falters in the Wind?
Now follow us back to the beginning of this Chapter for some background on Ezra and his call to prayer.
Ezra 9: 1-4: “Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levities, have not separated themselves from the people of the land, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, The Egyptians and the Amorites.” (Also see Exodus 23:23; Leviticus 18: 3, 24-30; Deuteronomy 12: 30-31; 18: 9 and 20: 17, 18).
“For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and of their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.” (Also see Exodus 34: 16; Deuteronomy 7: 3-6; Ezra 10: 16-44 and Nehemiah 13: 23, 24).
“And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.” (Also see Joshua 7: 6; II Kings 18: 37; 19: 1 ; Nehemiah 1: 4 and Job 2: 12, 13).
“Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the word of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.” (Also see Exodus 29: 38, 39).
The worship of idols was an on-going problem among the Jewish people. However the Prophets predicted that they would be cured of this sin. Meanwhile we see that intermarriage with heathens was a leading cause toward the sin of idol worship. Heathen women worshipped false gods. Thus a marriage would soon be compromised when one married outside the Spiritual realm that was bestowed upon the Jews by God. The record even shows that Solomon and Samson married heathen women. But the restrictions here had nothing to do with race or racial superiority. In fact all of the people of this region in which we speak were of Semitic origins.
The scriptural reference that note that marriages with foreigners were not allowed are found at Exodus 34: 16 and Deuteronomy 7: 3. This was the Law of Moses. There are many customs of the Old and New Testaments that seem very strange to the world in which we now live. Garment meant the main article of clothing while the mantle was the outer piece as we look at verse 3. Although we do not know the origin of this practice it came about when there was great anxiety and grief. The word astonied is yet another word that means amazed or astonishment.
See verse 4 as the stage is further set for the prayer of Ezra. The people trembled at the word of God as they gave great respect to God and were inclined in anxiety for those that had been disobedient. Meanwhile Ezra got the report from those that were disobedient as they gathered about him he sat in amazement. This continued to the evening sacrifice. So in this state of mind Ezra fell to his knees in prayer.
Beloved do you pray for the Brethren friend and foe? Do you sing out prayers of repentance recognizing your faults and the faults of others? Will you continue to pray one for another?
“There was once a man who had come to Christ only recently as he was a babe. However he came to know something about prayer even in his young age. As he parted company with a lady that was not spiritually yoked and leaned toward the heathens he said he would pray for her. However she mentioned in anger she needed not prayer. This struck his heart but he prayed anyway as he knew that we are not to allow the heathens to steal our prayer time.”
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 16 September 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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