Why would Yahweh expect us to stand when we pray?
When you pray you approach the Judge of all Living, Yahweh the Father, and you must know the rules that govern the courtroom. When the judge enters, everyone stands. Standing shows that you respect the court and the judge who is in charge.
Your prayer is your bringing your case to the court, your petition for redress of some wrong that you wish Yahweh to right. You are either there on your own behalf, with your own needs, or you are there to speak on behalf of some person or possibly a cause needing Yahweh’s attention. The latter of these is called intercession.
But first you need permission to speak.
If you watch Court TV you will notice that frequently the judge will stop the petitioner mid-sentence and tell him he had no right to speak on the topic, or that what he said is not relevant to the case.
If you want our case to be heard, first you need “standing.”
STANDING defined – The legal right to initiate a lawsuit.
According to the Bible, which is cover-to-cover a book of laws, ‘standing’ is accorded to Yahweh’s chosen people the Jews because of the faith of their patriarch Abraham. Their standing was based on their obedience to the moral law and the complex structure of the priests of the temple. Fundamentally one thing was required – the blood of a sacrificial animal, properly prepared, became their access to the throne, the courtroom if you prefer, where their petitions were to be heard.
Fortunately for we Christians now the way into that courtroom was made possible by the single, one-time sacrifice of Yahshua who is now the person who has access to Yahweh on our behalf. And no one else has this privilege. That is why we pray in the name, or more accurately in the authority of Yahshua.
However, we do not have Yahshua’ authority if we have not yet ourselves became a living sacrifice by accepting his gift of salvation for us. Yahshua is in effect our attorney and because he is related to the judge we have a better chance of our prayers being heard. This does not guarantee we get what we ask for, only that we have access to the father.
Our prayers must meet certain conditions. We cannot be greedy, or asking for our desire for a lavish life. We cannot pray to do or promote evil. We cannot be involved with known sin or disobedience. So we have to examine ourselves before we start praying to see if our motives are pure.
Having confirmed to ourselves that we have met the standard we are ready to ask Yahshua to present our prayer to Yahweh the father. Now we have standing.
There are only three possible answers to your prayer – Yes, No, and Later.
Twin girls were sexually abused by their father, I was told by one of them when she was an adult. She and her sister joined hands and asked Yahweh to stop their father. The girls had standing before Yahweh because they were under their father’s authority and sex sins are at the top of Yahweh’s No List. The twins were about seven at the time.
Soon after that their father suffered a stroke and was in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. When I hear about sex trafficking of children, I think of this story. And today when sex trafficking is an international scandal, you can pray this judgment on modern abusers too. Yahweh will give you standing at court to ask for judgment on them.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear.
Your iniquities have separated you from your God. And your sins have hidden his face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2
We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will He hears him. John 9:31.
When I worked at a juvenile prison I saw how many inmates were damaged by the curses of their parents. Prayers by parents have more weight, more standing before Yahweh, but curses are also very much worse coming from parents.
- “You’re just like your father.”
- “You are the stupidest kid.”
- “Why can’t you be like your nice sister?”
- “You will never amount to anything.”
The guards spoke the same criticisms to control the inmates, reminding them of their bad behavior. “I know your record. You are a troublemaker.” Curses are the opposite of prayers and bring great damage to people, adults as well as children. And because parents have standing, their curses are more hurtful than those of strangers.
You can see why we are to pray, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.” Our words have power, for good or evil, especially where we have standing as a married couple or as parents. Words count.
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If you want to be a Change Agent, let me recommend Life Centers Global which seeks to turn around fatherless boys.