Woman Praying in Jerusalem

Lesson One

 

“The Sacred Art of Prayer & Battling the Yetzer Hara” Syllabus

CMY’s Winter Women’s Bible Study with Rebbetzin Keturah

December 2016-February 2017

 

Dates:

 

December 10th & 17th, 2016 @ 4pm-6pm with Live streaming & Chatroom open online

January 28th, 2017 @ 4pm-6pm with Live streaming & Chatroom open online

February 25th, 2017 @ 4pm-6pm with Live streaming & Chatroom open online

 

 

Resources used in this class by Rebbetzin Keturah:

  • First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer by Aaron Eby (Messianic Jewish Book)
  • Understanding the Purpose & Power of Prayer by Dr. Myles Munroe (Christian Book)
  • A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book edited by Aliza Lavie (Jewish Italian prayer Book)
  • Women’s Wisdom: The Garden of Peace for Women by Rabbi Shalom Arush (Jewish Breslov book)
  • Battle Plans: How to Fight the Yetzer Hara by Rebbetzin Tzipporah Heller & Sara Yoheved Rigler (Orthodox Jewish Book)

 

 

Topics of discussion:

  • Why pray & how do we benefit from it?
  • Definition of prayer & understanding the purpose & power of it
  • What does HaShem expect from us before we pray & when we pray?

 

 

You will need a Bible, notepad, pen and an open heart.

 

LESSON ONE: HANNAH’s EXAMPLE

 

“May it be Your will, Lord my God and God of my forefathers, that this hour-as I stand to pray before You for my soul and the souls of my household—be a time of favor, a time of heeding, a time of hearing; that when I call out to You, You answer me; that I petition You and You grant my request.”

 

From a handwritten collection of women’s prayers dedicated to Sara, wife of K. Hizkiya Levi (Italy, 1814)

 

 

“Prayer is to a Jew – a ladder for Jacob, who seeks dreams. prayer is a window into the soul. It is also a torch for the wanderer who has lost his way.”

–Aliza Lavie

 

 

MAIN SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 1-2:11

 

 

Hannah’s Prayer as Key Example in Prayer

 

  • Judaism’s entire conception of prayer originated with a woman.
  • The Rabbi’s choose Hannah’s heartfelt personal appeal to HaShem to use as a paradigm for the prayer
  • We see that Hannah knew how to pray without external guidance.
  • The expression of her pain and bitterness of spirit, along with her faith in the power of G-d are together the essence of the POWER of prayer.
  • Hannah also knew that the act of praying- in itself – was empowering and inspiring.
  • Even if her prayers were not answered, Hannah still took the opportunity to be still and trust in the will of HaShem.
  • She didn’t need an immediate answer from G-d to stop her emotional suffering, Hannah was no longer sad because the act of prayer was enough to end her sadness.
  • HaShem healed her barrenness and she gave birth to the prophet Samuel.

 

Hannah’s Mode of Prayer

 

  • Intimate
  • Emotional
  • Personal dialogue with HaShem

 

Prayer & Understanding the Power within

 

The main difference between other religions of the world & pagan beliefs is that when we pray, our g-d hears and answers our prayers.

 

  • During the contest with Elijah, we see the pagan priests of Baal making desperate efforts to speak with their god by crying out & cutting themselves but to no avail. (1 Kings 18:26)

 

This example is very different from our prayers:

 

  • “But certainly G-d has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer”

(Psalm 66:19)

 

Why is this? Why are our prayers different from the pagan or world beliefs?

 

  1. The nature of our petitions– HaShem has commanded the Jew to pray, not the gentile. However, the ger toshav, ger tzadik – one who accepts upon him/herself the faith and minimum laws in the Torah, are then added to this commanded once they obligate themselves to it. Therefore, when a ger prays, it is considered a mitzvah because they were not obligated to do pray, but are doing so with a full heart and soul that pleases HaShem.

 

When we pray, we pray in full faith- knowing that He is listening and that if what we are praying about is in HaShem’s will, it will be answered- but in His time, not our own wanted time frame.

 

  1. The objects of our prayers– We pray for ourselves, family and other worthy things that can help us live in the time we are on earth. We also pray for peace and that in all things. HaShem’s will is always done. Whether there is war is on earth or peace- we always pray for His will. We pray for our sins to be cleansed or that salvation comes to people we know. We pray for ease and no pain while on this earth to do the will of HaShem

 

In all things listed above, they all seem to be with a goal towards HaShem’s perfect will being completed. They are not fruitless prayers and petitions like the pagans.

 

The Foundation of Prayer: Defined

 

“Prayer is a result of G-d’s established authority structure between heaven and earth, as well as a product of His faithfulness to His Word.

 

When HaShem created man and gave us the mandate to rule over the earth, He established boundaries of His right to legally influence and interfere in the earth realm.”

–Dr. Myles Monroe

 

Scripture to Remember:

 

  • So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11-12)

 

  • I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18-19)

 

Added DEFINITION of PRAYER:

 

  • Prayer is further defined as HaShem’s eternal, uncompromising commitment to His purpose & plans.

 

  • His purpose is His will and intent, which He Himself will fulfil.

 

  • His commitment to fulfil His purpose will never be at the expense of violating His spoken or written WORD.

 

This integrity and commitment from HaShem is the essence of Prayer.

 

Prayer then becomes an earthly license for heavenly interference. Without this license, any spiritual activity on earth is illegal and forced.

 

Without prayer, HaShem cannot hold out His hand to bless us, to help us, to give grace or to perform miracles because earth is not His dominion. It is Mankind’s dominion because HaShem told us to rule and oversee the earth.

 

The Laws of Authority:

 

  • The legal authority to dominate earth was given to mankind only, not angels, not HaShem, not any other thing.
  • HaShem did not include Himself in the legal authority structure over the earth
  • Man became the legal steward
  • Man is a spirit with a physical body; therefore only spirits with physical bodies can legally function in the earth realm, all other spirits on earth at any time are here illegally- demons, etc.
  • Any influence or interference from the supernatural realm on earth is only legal through mankind
  • HaShem Himself, who is a Spirit without a physical body, made Himself subject to this law. Which is one reason why the Mashiach had to come physically into this world to redeem mankind…

 

If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

 

EXAMPLES:

 

Every action taken by HaShem needed a human involvement.

 

  • To rescue mankind, He needed Noah.
  • For the creation of a nation, He needed Abraham.
  • To lead Israel, He needed Moshe.
  • To bring Israel back from captivity, He needed Daniel.
  • To defeat Jerico, HaShem needed Joshua.
  • To preserve the Jewish people, He needed Esther.
  • For salvation of man, He NEEDED TO BECOME A MAN.

 

“God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” – John Wesley

 

 

Prayer is therefore not an option of doing, it is a necessity to life- such as water, food and shelter is for our survival- prayer is also mankind’s survival mechanism.

 

 

  • Shallow words & Lack of proper understanding of prayer
  • Prayer is not a one way communication line to ask for things that you want or need
  • Prayer is a legal binding agreement between the person seeking and HaShem obligating Himself to bind.
  • To bind means to seal. HaShem has told us that what is bind on earth is bound in heaven
  • Meaningless words are like broken promises
  • So be careful how you speak and how you pray and how you speak over yourself and your household.
  • Prayer is meant to be answered, otherwise, HaShem would not have directed us to pray.

 

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be DONE for you by my FATHER in heaven. For where two or three come together in MY NAME, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:18-20)

 

 

  • If prayer activity does not bring results, it is an indication that something is wrong
  • True prayer builds intimacy with HaShem while trust & faith in Him is strengthened.
  • Praying without understanding & applying the truths & principles of prayer is ineffective.

 

Lesson One Summary:

 

“Prayer is to a Jew – a ladder for Jacob, who seeks dreams. prayer is a window into the soul. It is also a torch for the wanderer who has lost his way.”

–Aliza Lavie

 

“Prayer is a result of G-d’s established authority structure between heaven and earth, as well as a product of His faithfulness to His Word.

 

When HaShem created man and gave us the mandate to rule over the earth, He established boundaries of His right to legally influence and interfere in the earth realm.”

 

  • Prayer is further defined as HaShem’s eternal, uncompromising commitment to His purpose & plans.

 

  • His purpose is His will and intent, which He Himself will fulfil.

 

  • His commitment to fulfil His purpose will never be at the expense of violating His spoken or written WORD.

 

This integrity and commitment from HaShem is the essence of Prayer.

 

Prayer then becomes an earthly license for heavenly interference. Without this license, any spiritual activity on earth is illegal and forced.

 

Without prayer, HaShem cannot hold out His hand to bless us, to help us, to give grace or to perform miracles because earth is not His dominion. It is Mankind’s dominion because HaShem told us to rule and oversee the earth.

 

 

Prayer is therefore not an option of doing, it is a necessity to life- such as water, food and shelter is for our survival- prayer is also mankind’s survival mechanism.

 

 

  • Prayer is not a one-way communication line to ask for things that you want or need
  • Prayer is a legal binding agreement between the person seeking and HaShem obligating Himself to bind.
  • Meaningless words are like broken promises; shallow words do not move HaShem
  • Prayer is meant to be answered, otherwise HaShem would not have directed us to pray.