About Prayer
Posted on 10 May 2012 04:28 PM
Hello. I watched one of your videos and something that Dr. Veith said caught my attention. I don't remember which video it was but, he (Dr. Veith) said that 'the Bible condemns prayer toward the east'...Where in the Bible does it say/forbid us from praying toward the East? I thought that we were suppose to pray toward Jerusalem...? Are we not?

In Daniel 6:10, Daniel did as his habit was three times a day. His windows were opened toward Jerusalem (which was westward) and he prayed. The verse notes his prayers were those of thanks, but his mind was often on his homeland and the Lord's temple there, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians, whose respected captive he was. It was believed by the heathen nations that the conquering nation's god was stronger than the conquered nation's God, and Daniel was zealous for the honor of his God, even while he was very aware that the unrepentant Jews deserved the long-delayed punishment they were enduring in Babylonian captivity. When the prophesied seventy years of captivity were ended, Daniel besought the Lord for the restoration of Jerusalem (Dan 9:1-19), for the Lord's honor and holy name's sake. But in the twenty-first century, we are not asked or commanded to pray toward Jerusalem. We do not live under the same circumstances as Daniel. 
 
Regarding prayer toward the East, the Lord showed Ezekiel in vision the sins the people were committing, which caused them to be taken into captivity in order to wake them up to their sinful condition so they would repent and hopefully be saved. One of the things they were doing is mentioned in verse 16. The religious leaders-- those who were the guardians of the faith-- had "their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east, and they worshipped the sun toward the east." In other words, they rejected the God whose plan of salvation was symbolized in the sanctuary ministrations-- turned their back on His plan, even though He is their Creator-- and worshipped the sun, which is just a part of His creation. It was a great insult to God to do so, and it was a direct violation of the first commandment. The Lord called their actions "abominations" in Ezekiel 8:6. These religious leaders were false to their trust, and were pagans in heart, not believers in the true God of gods. 
  
So if we pray to the East with the idea of welcoming the sun, or the sunrise, or in any manner of pagans or in any degree forgetful of God and mindful of another object of our admiration and worship, then we offend our Savior and Lord. If we do not have that in mind or intention, then it doesn't matter what direction we pray. The Bible is a history of all the Lord has done to save us, to draw us to Him because of His love and mercy and justice. All heaven has been poured out for us. If we then, after all that, reject Him and turn away from Him, what more can He do to save us? 
  
Today we have guidance from Jesus regarding prayer: "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:23, 24. Our God loves to hear our prayers, and answers them in the best way for our highest good. The truth is, we are not worthy to ask anything of our heavenly Father, but Jesus is, and Jesus has told us to ask in His name. He is our link between heaven and earth. So that is why we end our prayers of supplication and thanksgiving with the words, "In Jesus' name I (we) pray, Amen." We trust in Jesus' righteousness when we ask anything of our heavenly Father. But we must ask according to His will: I John 5:14-5 "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." And we must not have known sins on our consciences when we ask, for "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Ps 66:18.  
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Godstime Vinson Badasu
17 November 2012 08:30 AM
I have a great testimony concerning prayer. I have recently been led to the Truth of God and the Sabbath of God. It was difficult to change all I do to suit a Sabbath christian. I am starting a small glossary shop and I needed people to work and put the place into order. One of them wanted to work for me on the Sabbath. For some reason. I could not stop him. So I decided to go to God on my knees in prayer. I told Him that I did not want to desecrate His holy day so He should prevent the man from working for me on the Sabbath. Guess what? God listened to my humble prayer. I was so relieved! God listens and if our prayer requests are His will, He answers. Praise the Lord!
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