“I don’t experience HaShem’s Presence when I pray!”
Let’s reject the negative thought that says, “I don’t experience HaShem’s Presence when I pray!”
Today is the 39th Day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost -50th Day]”. The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. The Day that commemorates HaShem giving us the Torah [Exodus 19 & 20], is the same Day that He have us the Holy Spirit Outpouring in Acts 2:1-4.
THIRTY is Hebraically numbered by the:
12th HEBREW LETTER –LAMED ל #12 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 30 [SH’LOSHIM in Hebrew]: It comes the root LAMAD [to study and learn]. It is pictographically a “OX GOAD” [to prod the animal along; or a teaching rod] or “SHEPHERD’S STAFF”, that speaks of the AUTHORITY to TEACH or LEAD. This is the age of the PRIESTHOOD, and RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.
PLUS WE ADD THE 9th HEBREW LETTER TET#9 ט: It is used to represent the NUMBER 9 [TISH’AH for masculine, and TESHA for feminine in Hebrew]:
NINTH HEBREW LETTER – TET ט #9: Number of the Spirit: [NINE Hebraically refers to the finality of the flesh, and new life in the Spirit. The ancient drawing of the number NINE resembles a wind pattern, which is another symbol of the Holy Spirit. TET is pictographically a “SNAKE” or something “Coiled in a Circle”, just like the shape of the NUMBER NINE.
There are NINE Fruits of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22-23, NINE Gifts of the Spirit – 1 Cor. 12:4-11, and NINE Spiritual Beatitudes – Matt. 5:1-12.
Together the LAMED, an “Ox Goad” , or “Shepherd’s Staff: [from LAMAD: to learn] and TET [a “Coiled Circle” that looks like a SNAKE, is a “SOD”, or hidden revelation of the Shepherd who is wounded by the SERPENT, which foreshadows YESHUA pierced, or “Bruised by the head of the Serpent” [Gen. 3:15].
There are THIRTY-NINE books in the Hebrew Scriptures [known as the “Old Testament”], point to Messiah as a “Suffering Servant” [Isaiah 52:13-53:12], and reveal His “Atoning Work”.
Many believe that Yeshua took THIRTY-NINE [40 lashes minus one] lashes on his back for our healing. Actually the Bible doesn’t say how many stripes were on His back. The Torah does give us the number FORTY for judicial punishment in a flogging. Saul of Tarsus [“Apostle Paul”] submitted himself to the judicial court of the Sanhedrin, and received “FORTY minus ONE”, on five occasions [2 Cor. 11:24]. To except ONE stripe from the FORTY was a very ancient canon, “showing leniency”, among the Jewish judges, as we learn from Jewish Historian, Josephus in Antiquities book 4, chpt. 8, section 21, who mentions the same thing: πληγας μιας λειπουσης τεσσαπακοντα FORTY stripes, except ONE. John Albrecht Bengel, 17th century Bible scholar, say that the lashes were administered by a thirteen strokes with a triple lash [13×3=39], to avoid exceeding FORTY stripes.
THREE PRINCIPLES FOR EXPERIENCING OUR SHEPHERD’S PASSION FOR PRAYER:
Step 1 – MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY IN THE SECRET PLACE OF EL ELYON [“MOST HIGH”]:
a. Matthew 6:6-7 But you, when you PRAY, go into your room, and when you have shut your door [to all distractions], PRAY to your Father who is in the SECRET PLACE, and your Father who sees in SECRET will reward you openly…
b. Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High [EL ELYON] Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [SHADDAI]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my REFUGE and my FORTRESS, My God, in Him I will trust.”
Step 2 – MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY THE “ROYAL PRAYER” THAT YESHUA TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES:
a. Matthew 6:9-13 In this manner [after this model], therefore, PRAY: Our Father in heaven [“Avinu Shebashamayim”], hallowed [holy: “kadosh”] be Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.
b. King David prayed this “ROYAL PRAYER” to Avinu, Our Father, being His “Royal Son”:
1 Chron. 29:10-16 Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You Lord [Baruch atah Adonai], God of Israel [Elohei Yisrael], our Father [Avinu], forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God [Eloheynu], we thank You And praise Your Glorious Name. But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You…
c. Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are Our Father[Avinu], though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are Our Father [Avinu], Our Redeemer [Go’alenu] from Everlasting is Your Name.
d. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You [are] Our Father [Avinu], we [are] the clay, and You our potter; and all we [are] the work of Your hand.
Step 3 – PRAY UNTIL THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE COMES, AND HASHEM IS PLEASED:
a. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is FULLNESS of JOY; At Your right hand are PLEASURES forevermore.
b. Psalm 95:2 Let us come before HIS PRESENCE with THANKSGIVING, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
c. Phil 4:4-9 REJOICE in the Lord always. Again I will say, REJOICE! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing [Don’t worry!], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the Peace [Shalom] of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through [Messiah Yeshua]. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
d. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the PRESENCE of his GLORY with EXCEEDING JOY,
Think It, Say It & Do It!:
I MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY IN THE SECRET PLACE OF EL ELYON, AND PRAY THE “ROYAL PRAYER” THAT YESHUA TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES, and call HaShem AVINU, the way King David did! I PRAY UNTIL THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE COMES, AND HASHEM IS PLEASED, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!