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The Entrance to Prayer (5 of 6)
Series: Understanding and Practicing Prayer
1. This is message number five in our series of six on the theme, "Understanding and Practicing Prayer." We've talked about the place of prayer, the repetition of prayer, the answers to prayer, the yielding in prayer, and tonight, the "Entrance to Prayer."
ILLUS: In an article written by the Dallas Morning News, Saturday, August 10, 1991, they wrote that in Jerusalem archaeologists believe they have uncovered the oldest Jewish prayer room ever found in East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. The Israel Antiquities Authority said that it found a courtyard with two Jewish ritual baths and a prayer room in the more than 2,000-year-old religious complex on Shuafat ridge in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem. The room was lined with stone benches. A wall might have separated men and women worshippers as in Orthodox Jewish synagogues. A niche facing Temple Mount in Jerusalem probably held scrolls of the Torah, the biblical Five Books of Moses. Jews traditionally pray toward the holy mount in Jerusalem's Old City. Two mezuzahs, which contain the religious texts that Jews place on their doorposts, hang at the prayer room's archway entrance. The room apparently was abandoned after an earthquake in 31 B.C., an antiquities authority spokeswoman said. Plans to build a large, modern Jewish neighborhood were altered to ensure that the site was preserved, she said."
2. Let me just say, "Thank God, we do not need a ritual bath and prayer room in order to get in touch with God. I do not need a mezuzah on my doorpost in order to have an entrance with God. My entrance to prayer is through the cross:
SONG: In 1779, John Newton wrote the song, "Approach My soul, the Mercy Seat." The first stanza reads...
Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For non ...
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