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Thursday, April 25, 2013

GOD'S PRESENCE IN PRAYER

Most of us are generally familiar with Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28. We have all sung “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.” But I think we miss the thunderous reality of an experience with God. First, angels are fearsome beings. No wonder Jacob woke trembling in fear. The word “angel,” “malak” in Hebrew means messenger. These beings were divine emissaries. They were message carriers between God and humans. And I had somehow missed the fact that the Lord Himself was above the ladder and spoke powerfully to Jacob. Upon waking Jacob said, “Surely the presence of the Lord was in this place.” We rightly sing that song about gathering in the church. Jesus said we never gather in His name that He is not present. In fact He is present whenever we pray to Him. (Deut. 4:7) And His presence is the most significant thing about prayer.

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