When Prayer and Christian Consciousness Die, Does the Enemy Become Empowered?

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What is the power of prayer?

The power of prayer is in the One to whom we pray. God holds the power. Praying to Him is one conduit to His power. It’s like a lamp. The lamp doesn’t have power, though it shows light. The cord doesn’t have power—it’s just the conduit. Prayer is a conduit to the Power. 

God is all powerful: “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).  

We are invited to pray. In fact, in Luke 18:1 we read, “And he [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Hebrews 4:14–16 talks about Jesus as our High Priest and says He can sympathize with us. Hebrews 4:16says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We have been given access to the very throne of God through prayer.  

We are commanded to pray. First Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Philippians 4:6–7 and Ephesians 6:18 have similar exhortations. 

We are also taught to pray, for example, in the Lord’s Prayer. “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed 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 also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil'” (Matthew 6:9–13). 

When we pray, our fears can be alieved. When we pray, our faith can grow. When we pray, we can rest. When we pray, we can be at peace. When we pray, we can hand over our concerns to God. When we pray, we can gain confidence from the One who created us. When we pray, we can be healed. When we pray, we can receive guidance and direction. Again, the power is not in the prayer, but in the God to whom we pray. 

We can be confident that God hears our prayers (Psalm 18:61 John 5:14–15) and He answers our prayers according to His will (Psalm 17:634:17John 14:12–14Luke 11:131 John 5:15James 1:54:2–105:13–18) regardless of how deep or how small our faith appears to be (Matthew 17:20Acts 12). 

Our access to God is made through Jesus, who came and died to save us (John 3:16–18Hebrews 4:14–1610:19–23). When we claim Him as our Savior, our access to God is ensured. We can go with confidence to God.  

“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4–5). Prayer is a privilege God grants His children. The power of prayer is God Himself—our loving and completely capable Father.  

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Why Is There So Much Evil?

Alan shares some thoughts regarding three realms of brokenness that produce evil in the world.

Transcript

I’ve been asked a simple question: Why is there so much evil? And to me, the answer is also simple. It’s because creation and everything in it is broken.

Right, we live in a fallen creation, and this brokenness is evident in three realms. The first is, there’s brokenness in the human realm. Right? I mean, the only morally culpable physical beings, humans, are born with a sin nature and capable of an enormous amount of evil. That’s why in Romans 5:12 it talks about how every person sins, which of course contributes to all the evil in the world.

The second is there’s brokenness in the physical realm, that is, in creation itself. And because of the fall of man, creation was effected, and that’s why in Romans 8 Paul talks about how creation was subjected to futility and will eventually be set free from its slavery to corruption. Creation’s fallenness can lead to hardship and suffering which of course, then many people interpret as contributing to evil.

And finally, there’s brokenness in the spiritual realm, right? I mean you have these powerful angelic beings, demons, and of course Satan, who operate in the spiritual realm, and of course they’re set on destroying God’s plan. Scripture even says in 1 John 5 that the world is under the control of the evil one who, of course, is Satan. And although God is ultimately sovereign, with Satan currently in control, there’s gonna be a lot of evil.

So again, why is there so much evil? Well, because all three realms have fallen elements to them. And of course, they collectively contribute to all the evil that we experience. Thankfully though, God has promised to destroy all evil one day and restore the heavens and the earth to their proper state.

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33 thoughts on “When Prayer and Christian Consciousness Die, Does the Enemy Become Empowered?

  1. Leadership qualities and מעשה בראשית. An additional introduction to the Rif halachic commentary to ראש השנה. An attempt to explain the k’vanna of the Siddur.

    A key concept of leadership, it makes an order of priorities. Leadership begins with the designation of labor for Men and Women. The תרי”ג commandments have 3 basic divisions. Positive and Negative commandments, the observance of these commandments, primarily designated for women and secondarily an obligation upon men. The observance of positive time oriented commandments the sole obligation of men within bnai brit Torah society.

    The Torah concept of סמיכה directly learns from the dedication of a korban by a Cohen. The dedication of Moshiach, perhaps the most famous “descendant” dedication of intent – to keep and obey the commandments. The organization and established Order within the pages of the Chumash systematically arranged by פ and ס; chapter and sugia/subchapter. The sages of the Talmud debated whether סמיכות חפשית\learning by adjoining or adjacent ideas applies strictly to דברים or this learning technique applies equally to all 5 Books of the Torah.

    All agree that סמיכות המצגים\association of ideas/ applies to the משנה תורה\דברים. The dispute among the sages, does this sh’itta of learning equally apply to the other 4 Books of the Torah? The sh’itta practiced by this author, that סמיכות המצגים applies across the board for the entire Torah. This opinion, bases itself upon the Order of the Siddur. The k’vanna of the Siddur, from beginning to end, based upon מסיח\to speak; tefilla stands in place of korbanot. Tefilla: מסיח סמכות עליונה\to speak “aimed at” the most high.

    The k’vanna of the Siddur avoda, to do positive time oriented commandments. Specifically to elevate a non Torah commandment unto a Torah commandment. The morning dedication of tefilla begins with the ברוך שאמר והיה העולם. What does this thesis statement refer to? Answer: מעשה בראשית. The kabbala of מעשה בראשית measures (the middot) – the dedication of t’shuva within our hearts.

    The 2nd paraghaph of ברוך שאמר brings a rabbinic blessing containing שם ומלכות. From the verses of Tehillim thereafter till reaching מלך אל חי העולמים … The general term מלך directly refers to middot. אל refers to Divine wisdom. חי refers to the סוד of מעשה בראשית. And העולמים refers to the application of מעשה בראשית to all generations of the Cohen bnai brit chosen people. The sages council not to interrupt with outside conversations, because such an action destroys the power of סמיכות חפשית. This concept defines the k’vanna of the entire Siddur – the avoda of dedicating positive time oriented commandments unto HaShem.

    Women daaven from the Siddur, but they have no Torah obligation to do positive time oriented commandments. The crux of the Siddur, centers upon male Yidden dedicating positive time oriented commandments through aliya\the elevation of rabbinic commandments, like saying Tehillem, unto a the תרי”ג positive time oriented commandment! Tallit and tefillen exist as positive time oriented commandments. These commandments require k’vanna. K’vanna requires Talmud. All the avoda of the halachot learned in Sha’s, its possible to affix these halachot as A. the k’vanna of a Mishna. And B. Affix that Mishna to a specific middle blessing within the language of the Shemone Esrei; therein elevating these rabbinic commandments unto the דאורייתא commandment of tefilla.

    The leadership of the rabbinic sages of the Talmud, they designated the order of labor of men and women in the Cohen nation national walk before HaShem throughout all generations for eternity. Women have no Torah obligation to have children, yet women birth children in every generation! So too apply all the positive time oriented commandments to women. As a woman chooses to birth children so too she can choose to dedicate positive time oriented commandments. And the same rule equally applies to Men. Observance of positive and negative commandments primarily rests upon women to dedicate and do. But men too can choose to do and observe positive and negative commandments.

    The issue of ‘choice’, to do commandments totally invalidates the guilt trip theology of ”SIN”; if a person does not do and keeps the commandments. The tuma theology of messiah Jesus and his cross sacrifice which the apostles claim atones for the SINS of mankind, this false and foreign assimilationist theology has no connection or basis from within the Torah. Jews who believe in Jesus as the messiah, this avoda zara places them under the מעשה בראשית din of כרת.

    The opening blessing (two before, followed by kre’a shma, concluded by the third blessing) twice brings
    בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית
    in the opening and conclusion of this first rabbinic blessing which contains שם ומלכות. All the other blessings that follow – they depend\rely upon this opening blessing which contains שם ומלכות. But why the necessity to repete בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית at the conclusion of the first opening rabbinic blessing to the kre’a shma?

    Another unique quality within the language of this opening blessing, the contrast of Order as found in this blessing to that of the Order found in the Shabbat additional tefilla.
    אל ברוך גדול דעה … כנגד … תכנת שבת רצית קרבנותיה
    Again, why did the Framers of the Siddur emphasize a particular order of the Hebrew alphabet?

    The Written Torah parshaot contain 2 Crowns which define the Torah. Parshat
    בחקתי: וזכרתי את בריתי יעקוב ואף את בריתי יצחק ואף את בריתי אברהם אזכר והארץ אזכר.
    And Parshat כי תבוא always read before ראש השנה. The Parsha located at the end of the Book ויקרא, the Crown of Gaula – the redemption from g’lut. The Parsha located toward the end of the Book דברים, the Crown of G’lut – the repeating exile of the Cohen nation – condemned for the crimes made by our people – we choose to assimilate unto foreign cultures and customs; we both profane and abandon the oath brit ways of the chosen Cohen nation; making a Torah blessing qualifies as swearing a Torah oath. These two Crowns of the Torah – the responsibility of Torah faith rests upon the shoulders of each and every generation of bnai brit Israel.

    The emphasis of the order of the Hebrew alphabet letters teaches the k’vanna of מעשה בראשית, as expressed through tefilla. The additional tefilla said on Shabbot bases itself upon the מעשה בראשית brit of Gaula. Whereas the Shemone Esrei validate – by answering Amen – to the Torah curses which define g’lut; learned from the plagues with destroyed Par’o and Egypt in the days of Moshe and Aaron. The Order of the Shemone Esrei, in its turn, learns from בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך.

    The heart contains plural Yatzirot. Also the soul – has multiple facets; the multiple faceted soul learns from the 12 stones upon the breastplate of Aaron. Each and every Yom Tov, as expressed daily in the six blessings which surround the middle blessings within the Shemone Esrei (3 + 13 + 3)\613, they affix to the Divine Names of the multiple faceted nefesh. Ya\Pesach; Ha’El\Shevuoth; El\Rosh HaShanna; Elohim\Yom Kippur; El Shaddai\Sukkot; and Eish Ha’Elohim\Shemini Atzeret. The Divine Name of the faceted nefesh dedicated on Shabbot – shalom. These dedication of ‘lights’, they learn from the menorah.

    Tefilla – the defining positive time oriented commandment – a duty of the heart like all other positive time oriented commandments. The Spirit of HaShem, expressed through middot, forever lives within the brit Cohen national hearts. My Sanhedrin peers thought they could translate the Siddur to their flaw concept of bnai Noach – which they based upon the erroneous halacha of the Rambam. Impossible to translate a positive time oriented mitzva into words! Equal and like reasoning explains my opposition to the Art Scroll siddur and Talmudic translations. The distinction between the Yom Tov tefilla from the Shabbot tefilla, compares to rear and front sights in a rifle. K’vanna continually aligns the two sights to take aim and dedicate middot unto HaShem – whose Spirit dwells within the bnai brit hearts, and not in the heavens above.

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  2. Assimilation occurred throughout the 1st Jewish Commonwealth. When kings did avoda zara, this occurred as a result of assimilation.

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  3. All this suggests a number of logical implications concerning assimilation.

    The set C–B (C minus B) is the problematic set: “Jews” outside of the Biblical definition, having transgressed the Tor•âhꞋ “line” (not area), comprise the entirety of מְשֻׁמָּדוּת.

    Jews within Set B, by contrast, are not assimilated – at all, even when living in secular nations. The obvious axiom is that a Jew can remain a Jew regardless where they live, even among the goy•imꞋ. It implies further that even widespread recognition by Set A (one or more secular nations) has no validity relative to Set C. Further, Set C-B is not part of Set B. This logically implies that assimilation is a step outside of the boundaries of Tor•âhꞋ, not a transition of stages. Within the boundary of Set B, all are יְהוּדִים. There are no “stages”; nor is there any assimilation within – at all. This implies a vital and urgent mi•tzᵊwâhꞋ of tolerance of every person within Set B, not the current Kha•reid•iꞋ and Rabbinate practice of condemnation, allegations, slanders nor schisms.

    This should be obvious even without a diagram. It marries perfectly with Tor•âhꞋ: not doing one’s best to practice Tor•âhꞋ is the antonym of tᵊshuv•âhꞋ, precluding ki•purꞋ. Any transgression of Tor•âhꞋ is a blemish of unholiness requiring tᵊshuv•âhꞋ-ki•purꞋ to return to a state of qoꞋdësh. Not doing one’s best to practice Tor•âhꞋ, then, is מְשֻׁמָּדוּת without recourse to ki•purꞋ. Ergo, assimilation is a consequence of מְשֻׁמָּדוּת, a tell-tale set of entropic nationalist adaptations contrary to Tor•âhꞋ, not a cause of מְשֻׁמָּדוּת.

    Nationalist vs Diaspora Jew
    “Diaspora” Jew has evolved into a no-longer-accurate, and misleading, term. Since the restoration of a state of Israel, there no longer exists an expulsion or exile. Further, bundling all Jews outside of Israel as alike is misleading. A British Jew is not the same as a South African Jew, French Jew, Russian Jew or American Jew.

    Neither are their national allegiances the same. Allegiance and patriotism to America with its separation of religion and state, or dual American-Israeli allegiance, is not the same as the nationalist allegiance and patriotism of British-Anglican Church, Italian Catholic Church or secular French and Russian Jews. Even in America, where allegiance and patriotism have no religious connection, the intrusion of Christianity, especially near Christmas, repeatedly raises issues of religious freedom versus religious imposition by the majority on the minority. In Britain, Jews think nothing of bowing to the head of the Anglican Christian Church (the reigning king or queen of Britain). Thus, while there is no longer an exile, the differences between Jews living in Israel versus Jews living among the goy•imꞋ remains – a question of the individual Jew’s nationalism; allegiances and patriotism carrying religious baggage contradictory. No?

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  4. מְשֻׁמָּדוּת
    Clearly the floods in the days of Noach support and drove this statement. Its an obvious. Do not know Set(s) A, B, or C. This metaphor has to many unknowns. The first word of the Torah בראשית this word contains ברית אש. The sages in the tractate Sanhedrin taught that false oaths caused the floods in the days of Noach. Therefore the fire\אש of the Brit\ברית – clearly oaths – one of the 10 Commandments. The Torah clearly commands: “after the ways of Egypt and Canaan, do not follow”. Does this commandment limit itself to the historical ancient civilizations of Egypt and Canaan? No. This commandment views assimilation to foreign non brit cultures and customs as the 1st face of avoda zara (mistranslated as idolatry).

    Current modern day Judaism, that’s a completely different discussion. My earlier response addresses how to understand the Siddur, an ancient text which precedes in Order of development the Babylonian Talmud which Rav Ashi and Rav Ravina sealed in about 450 CE. According to the Yerushalmi Talmud, (this Talmudic codification from Israel preceded the codification of the Babylonian Talmud by about 150 years!), over 247 prophets involved in writing the Shemone Esrei tefilla! This ancient kabbala therefore predates the kingdom of David, and most probably includes the scholarship of Avraham, Yitzak, Yaacov, Moshe, Aaron and a lot of other prophets. By the way, the Torah defines the term “prophet” as a person who commands mussar. The Book of Proverbs bases its instruction upon teaching mussar.

    No new testament author or Koran personages understood this most basic definition for the term “Prophet”. LOL. Quote\UnQuote: “” not doing one’s best to practice Tor•âhꞋ is the antonym of tᵊshuv•âhꞋ, precluding ki•purꞋ.”” T’shuva most essentially centers upon regret. I did not play well in a football game and my team lost as a consequence. Clearly Smith regretted dropping the pass in the endzone, (Dallas\Pittsburg Super Bowl where Jackie Smith drop the end-zone pass which would have put the score at 21 to 21). But this type of regret does not serve as a valid example of t’shuva.

    Jews living outside of Israel, while they can make aliyah qualify as “exiles”. True the reestablishment of the Jewish State validates your argument. None the less over 2000 years of stateless Jewish refugee populations living abroad without a homeland has produced a lasting impact upon the Jewish psyche. That g’lut Jewry in large numbers opposes the Jewish State today testifies to the divorce which separates Israelis from g’lut Jewry. The Law of Return allows any Jew living in g’lut to make aliya. But this does not change the fact that many g’lut Jews have so assimilated to the societies that they therein live that they do not even consider themselves Jewish anymore.

    An American Jew marries a Goya girl from his hometown. The children of that union – not Jewish. Even a female Jewess who marries a Goy etc. While the children to that union have the halachic status of being Jewish … those children raised among Goyim and educated in Goyim schools, what Yiddishkeit to they have whereby they can maintain a Jewish identity? Do they keep shabbot? No. Do they observe the Jewish holidays? No. Assimilation causes these Jews to cease being Jewish.

    Assimilation means that Jews accept, embrace, and feel more at ease following the cultures and customs of the nations wherein they live as “citizens” of that particular nation. Such assimilated Jews – there ties to the Jewish people become weaker and weaker till these “ties” break all together. Reform Judaism: Berlin is our Jerusalem (a statement made in the 1890s), statistically Reform Jews do not last 3 generations in the Reformed “Church”. The Reform temples incorporate organs and choirs and the “rabbis” wear pastor garments. These ‘liberal Jews’ do not study the Talmud, or Midrashim any more than do Church followers of Jesus. In like manner the Siddur – its as foreign and strange to liberal Reform Jews as Latin to American Catholics.

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  5. Your Set B non assimilated Jews living in foreign lands. The opening Mishna of גטין (divorce) rejects this premise outright. Jews in g’lut lost the knowledge of doing and keeping mitzvot לשמה. The decree that g’lut Jewry lost this wisdom, the Reshonim era of Talmudic scholars (950 – 1450 CE) these commentators upon the Talmud assumed that the scribes who wrote the divorcee woman’s get(her Biblical document of divorce) that they erred in writing the correct name of the woman getting divorced! Wow that’s a huge error of reading the text of the Gemara of גטין!!! The most basic and fundamental error proves that g’lut Jewry lost the wisdom of knowing how to do mitzvot לשמה.

    Now this ignorance of basic Torah knowledge makes sense when you realize that only in ארץ ישראל can a Jew keep and observe mitzvot לשמה. Another classic example that g’lut Jewry lost all knowledge how to do mitzvot לשמה … the Rambam code of halacha. Not a single rabbi – following the Jewish International Civil War which the publication of the Rambam’s code caused – ever considered that learning the Talmud properly required following the פרדס kabbala taught by Rabbi Akiva – which all the sages within the Mishna and Gemara followed and obeyed. Yet the Rambam – he did not know anything about the פרדס kabbala when he wrote his code of Jewish laws.

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  6. In the explicit example of the Rambam – that Jew had assimilated and embraced ancient Greek philosophy, specifically the logic taught by Aristotle. The Rambam came from Spain, and assimilation defined Spanish Jewry prior to their total expulsion from Spain in 1492.

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  7. Not really. Divorce applies to a Civil court case where any couple splits up. Giving a woman her ‘get’, constitutes a Torah mitzva based upon the opposing mitzva of קידושין.

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  8. Do not understand your response. Non Jews do not follow the commandment that requires a man to m’kadesh a women. Just as kiddushin does not apply to Goyim so too get does not apply to Goyim.

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  9. I agree it would be adulterous. The translation would be thru the courts. counter the Torah. Jews and non Jews deviate. Kiddushin ??? Engagement or betrothal?

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  10. Kiddushin its a term that defines a Torah marriage as a mitzva. Goyim do not know what this term means because they do not accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai and Horev. Without kiddushin there exists no pressing need for a man to give his ex wife a ‘get’.

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  11. Its not enough to divorce your ex wife, you must give her a Torah “get”. Failure to do so effectively emprisons’ that woman to never marry and have children.

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  12. There is only one God, God of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham. Because of the lost tribes of Israel, a lot of people are Jews unknowingly— as myself. Wishing you a blessed Yom Kippur!

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  13. No. The theology of Monotheism flagrantly violates the 2nd Commandment of the Sinai revelation which Goyim never accepted in the 1st place.

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  14. Many religions in India have lived amongst one another and within the same household for centuries. We must all come to the knowledge one God.

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