Saturday, April 24, 2010

Preparing To Be A Help Meet- Chapter One Prayer-Post 1

I have officially received my book "Preparing To Be A Help Meet". I was so excited when I received it;I am now on the first chapter. This chapter talks about Prayer and its importance in every lady's life. I am by far not an excellent writer but I want to share this book and wisdom in it with my readers; so I decided to do a word study on one of the passages of Scripture that Debi Pearl included in her first chapter in which she talks about the power and the necessity of prayer. Enlightening ourselves with each of the words meaning might help to bring a much deeper understanding of the text. Here is the verse:

Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened onto you;"
********THE WORD STUDY*********
ASK- to make a petition of
AND- to be added to what proceeds
IT- it is a substitute for your prayer/"what you pray for"
SHALL-declares or fortells what will take place if you ask
BE-to be made to be
GIVEN- bestowed; granted; imparted
YOU-to an individual
SEEK-to make a search or an inquiry; to endeavor to find or gain by any means
AND- to be added to what proceeds
YE-to an individual(Is now used only in the sacred and solemn style)
SHALL- declares or fortells what will take place if you seek
FIND-to gain first sight or knowledge of something lost
KNOCK-intended as a request for admittance;to fatigue till unable to do more
AND- to be added to what proceeds
IT-it is a substitute for this "door" you "knock" upon
SHALL-declares or fortells what will take place if you knock BE-to be made to be
OPENED-unbarred; unsealed; revealed; disclosed; made plain; freed from obstruction.
UNTO-and to
YOU-an individual
I love the of meaning of knock-to do it until fatigued that you can not do any more. The description of Ye caught my attention to that it is only used in sacred( which means reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object) and solemn(to be sober) style. I like how Ye is used is as if God was saying this is a sacred word and I am going to use it for you because you are sacred to Me. My question is: Are we seeking to be reverently dedicated to God; or is He more dedicated to us than we are to Him?

I like how God never leaves out anything in His Word; I think that the rest of the passage just explains it all so that we might understand:

Matthew 7:8-11: "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.**9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? **10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? **11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? "

*****We are special and cherished by God-but how can He help us if we strive to do it all on our own. We need to Ask-petition to God for help, Seek-search for Him by reading His Word everyday, and Knock-keep praying and until we are fatigued.

****KEEP IN MIND: It is very dangerous to think of God as your Magic Genie in the sky-He is not such. That is why it is important to seek out God in His Scripture; He gives instruction on praying within. Look at Psalms 37-the whole passage is a great read but here I took out a few verses:

Psalms 37:3-5 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. **4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. **5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

We see here what we must do to receive the desires of our hearts-we must commit ourselves and everything we do and have to God and God alone; and we must also have a happy satisfaction/delight in God. Then He will give us the desires that we should have in our hearts-so that what we desire is what God desires-because we are following so close to Him and we are following His lead.

I shall end with a few verses from Psalms:

Psalms 1:1-3 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.* 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

*these things (sin,and being scornful)are very contagious-stay away from them and people that are like that

Don't forget to take time to pray-further more posts will come as I progress in my studies:)

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