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Numbers 22:1,2,6,12,13,16-20,22,28,32,33,37 Then the people of Israel traveled to the plains of Moab and camped east of the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Balak son of Zippor, the Moabite king, had seen everything the Israelites did to the Amorites… “Please come and curse these people for me because they are too powerful for me. Then perhaps I will be able to conquer them and drive them from the land. I know that blessings fall on any people you bless, and curses fall on people you curse”… But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!” The next morning Balaam got up and told Balak’s officials, “Go on home! The Lord will not let me go with you”… They went to Balaam and delivered this message to him: “This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Please don’t let anything stop you from coming to help me. I will pay you very well and do whatever you tell me. Just come and curse these people for me!” But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.” That night God came to Balaam and told him, “Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do”… But God was angry that Balaam was going, so he sent the angel of the Lord to stand in the road to block his way. As Balaam and two servants were riding along… Then the Lord gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam… “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the Lord demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey”… “Didn’t I send you an urgent invitation? Why didn’t you come right away?” Balak asked Balaam. “Didn’t you believe me when I said I would reward you richly?” Balaam replied, “Look, now I have come, but I have no power to say whatever I want. I will speak only the message that God puts in my mouth.”

A bizarre story it seems and what is with all the confusion about God saying go and then threatening Balaam with death when he does go? How does this relate to us today? (more…)

Matthew 6:7-13
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Public prayer is an area of my spiritual walk I seriously battled and still sometimes do. It probably stems from the fact that my personal prayer life was not fully evolved in itself but I certainly thought it was because I dint have faith like some people in church leadership do and I would never get there. Prayer is a significant part of our walk with the Lord and the part that the Lord is emphasizing here today is not public prayer but just prayer to him because it is how we communicate with God. Jesus spent significant amounts of time daily praying and you will notice that this prayer was always in solitude, far away from the noises of the world in a quiet place. The reason was because this would ensure he was communicating to God with no disturbance because this was a precious and valuable time to him.

When we speak with God, we need to realize the significance of our relationship to God. God the father knows our every need before we even utter it to him but unless we share that relationship with him, what kind of a relationship is it? A Christian without quiet time can probably be equated to a dead body! How can we call ourselves followers of Christ and not communicate with the one who transformed us? Being Christian is not a title or an achievement, it is a living relationship and a testimony of a transformed life, not because of our own selves or our hard work. When we speak to God, God listens and answers and works in and through us. I know some of us struggle getting time to spend with the Lord but I urge you to understand the significance of what the Lord has done for you in your life before you prioritize yourself before your maker.

In His Loving Service,