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Saturday, December 2, 2017
Enjoying a Shabbat Meal in Israel
At our weekly meeting to pray over our city; I shared a short lesson on Intercession by J. N. Manokaran from
. In August of this year 1000 ministers and leaders from
many churches across India India met
to intercede for their city and for . India
Brother Manokaran wrote: Abraham interceded for
Sodom and even though they were not his
cities. He was concerned because his
family lived there and he tried to bargain with God not to destroy the cities. Gomorrah
As we finished our lesson, I shared a story from my visit to
and the Friday evening Shabbat meal our Tour Guide arranged for us to enjoy at
a traditionalist Jewish home. Israel
The Shabbat table was elegantly set with a beautiful table cloth, lovely china, and goblets . The meal was in courses and each serving was meaningful for fellowship, love and family. Wine (or sparkling drink,) then bread, Matzo ball soup, salmon, side dishes and lastly a lovely desert.
We were given a booklet about the Shabbat meal stating the history and some interesting facts. I noted that a Spiritual Song is usually sung without words, but it comes from the heart and is a loving embrace over the family.
I was moved to sing a Spiritual song over this family but fear overtook me because I did not want to embarrass my granddaughter and her married family who sat near me. I thought perhaps, I could still sing to the family in the kitchen who had so graciously served us - - but I was being whisked away.
Out in the dark street it was a long walk to once again board our bus to return to our hotel. For my safety my arm was linked with
my granddaughter’s mother-in-law. As we
walked I began to sing in the spirit, with guttural singing, and a few words in
another language. Laurel
When I finished the song,
asked, “What was that?” I told her it
was the Shabbat Song from my spirit over this evening. “That was beautiful,” she replied. Laurel
Back to our Praying over our City meeting - - After sharing this story I gave a short message how we can sing over our city and sing our prayers. I encouraged our people to sing as they pray. If they are embarrassed to sing here, then sing at home as they pray.
Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18-19 to…be filled with the Spirit, (by) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and “SPIRITUAL SONGS,” SINGING and making melody in your heart to the Lord…
So what is a Spiritual Song? Simply it is a song that comes from Your heart as you listen to the Heart of God.
Why not begin now to practice singing your prayers?