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Friday, November 14 2014
Job 35: What Did The LORD Teach About How To Pray?
"When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are"
A "prayer" is a request for something that is made to someone who has the means or power to give it. In its simplest form, all living creatures "pray" to a greater power for what they want or need. Even animals "pray" e.g. baby animals crying to their parents, or their human owners, for food, with a sound that makes the parents, or the human, want to give it.
"13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren." (Genesis 13:8 KJV)
But do responsible humans answer a prayer by giving something harmful? Even if what they ask for is harmful? Of course not.
"11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?" (Luke 11:11-12 KJV)
The Messiah taught people to pray for things that were good and righteous - in a way that is good and righteous. The famous "LORD's Prayer" is a summation of what and how people should pray (see the Fact Finder question below). Many people quote some of it, but vainly leave out the instructions for how to pray it.
"6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
35:1 Elihu spake moreover, and said,
Fact Finder: What did the LORD teach about how to pray?
This Day In History, November 14
565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign, but it was too late; the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) had already moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1501: Arthur Tudor and Katherine of Aragon were married.
1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.
1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).
1792: Captain George Vancouver and his crew became the first Englishmen to enter San Francisco Bay.
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published.
1908: Albert Einstein published the quantum theory of light (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of the Somme ended. It was one of the bloodiest battles of all time with over 1,000,000 troops killed or wounded.
1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was lost after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s. The U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, the Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been before foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south.
1964: The U.S. Army entered the Vietnam civil war. The homeland of the Vietnamese people was divided into two countries, North and South Vietnam, during the 1940s. When French imperial forces withdrew "a war that cannot be won" in the early 1960s, the U.S. replaced them. When the U.S. forces withdrew in the early 1970s, Vietnam was reunited into the single nation that it had been for centuries before French and U.S. involvement in their country.
1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.
1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' Found!).
1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.