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A fanatic is someone who — when he looses sight of his goal — doubles his effort.  


WATCH &  PRAY      
"Because of them we prayed to our GOD, and set up workers on the walls to watch over them day and night." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 4. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


Prayer is a powerful weapon, but the wall-builders in Jerusalem also were careful to set a watch against their enemies "with their swords, their lances, and their bows." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 4. 13 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  They were ready to fight, if necessary, but at the same time they were confident that "ELOHEINU shall fight for us." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 4. 20 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  This is a sound BIBLICAL self-evident truth.  The ALMIGHTY ONE expects us to make appropriate use of whatever physical means are available for a needed ministry, rather than to rely simply on prayer or a DIVINE miracle. 


In Jewish thinking, devotion from the heart, called "kavanat ha lev" is considered essential to true prayer.  Kavanat implies concentration, worship, and single-mindedness; you simply cannot reach the HIGH & LOFTY LORD GOD without earnestness and passion of the whole heart. [see Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 29. 13; Hebrews 11. 6]  A Jewish sage wrote — “Prayer without kavanat is like a body without a soul.”  This suggests that merely mouthing the right words of a prayer is empty hypocrisy if the inmost heart is not also profoundly involved.  And will GOD, WHO is SPIRIT, listen to such insincerity from our lips? [see Isaiah/Yeshayah 29. 13; Matthew 15. 8] 


The ETERNAL ONE rebuked those who came asking HIM to perform a miracle merely to test HIM or to see something curious.  "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe." [John 4. 48]   Neither does the HOLY LORD excuse prayer instead of work, for "faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." [James 2. 17]   The same holds for prayer instead of obedience.  As Joshua was praying for deliverance from the enemy, "the LORD answered Joshua: Arise! Why do you lie prostrate? Israel has sinned! They have broken the covenant by which I bound them. They have taken of the proscribed (forbidden) and put it in their vessels; they have stolen; they have broken faith!" [Joshua (Yehoshua) 7. 10 - 11 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 


But as prayer without working is dead, so watching and working without prayer are useless.  "You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask." [James 4. 2]   "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain on it; unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman keeps vigil in vain." [Psalms (Tehillym) 127. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


The principle rule of the HOLY BIBLE is not only to watch or only to pray; for both are essential.  "Watch and Pray!" said MESSIAH Y’SHUA — "that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." [Matthew 26. 41]   The ANOINTED REDEEMER also said — "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the SON OF MAN." [Luke 21. 36] 


The English word "prayer" is derived from a root word meaning "to be or entreat" whereas the Hebrew word hitpallel comes from a verb meaning "to judge oneself."  When we pray, let us first inwardly examine ourselves and then sincerely call upon the LORD & MASTER of our life with reverent singleness of heart.  As we watch and wait for our  LORD'S promised return, make prayer your continual stay and strength, as you faithfully do the job that HE has assigned you.  May you be found worthy! 



Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Good Sabbath! Sabbath of Mattot/MasseiTribes/Journeys [Reading: Numbers 30:1 -36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4; Luke 13:1-9; Mark 11:12-23]
Praise to Almighty CREATOR God!  We praise and bless you O GOD for lovingly and graciously giving YOUR Holy Shabbat — The Bride, The Queen — the imagery of beauty & radiance, testifying to the tremendous affection that the Sabbath is enjoyed among YOUR people in YOUR presence.
 We thank YOU, Great & MIGHTY GOD for by YOUR grace we were taught the sanctity of the weekly day of rest and the Sabbath is the sign of the tie that binds us to YOU.  Keep us ever grateful and grant us YOUR perfect rest. Amen
 May your home be a place where peace abides, where love grows, where tranquility pervades, and contentment and happiness is a blessing, a success.
Continue to praise our LORD, the EVERLASTING KING, HELPER, SAVIOR and SHIELD for HIS loving-kindness is mighty over us.  You, dearly beloved friends are our joy and crown. We encourage you to stand fast in the LORD MESSIAH Y’SHUA — Watch and pray....the LORD Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH our KING is coming soon! 


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.



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