Archive for May 16, 2011

The heart and mission of prayers and intercessions:

Psalms 15:1-2 (NASB)  “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?  Who may dwell on Your holy hill?   He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”  Ras Robinson.  (EXPOUNDING RAS’ TODAY WORD: 14:23 (KJV)

Psalms 15:1  A PsalmH4210 of David.H1732 (KJV) LORD,H3068 whoH4310 shall abideH1481 in thy tabernacle?H168 whoH4310 shall dwellH7931 in thy holyH6944 hill?H2022

Psa 15:2  He that walkethH1980 uprightly,H8549 and workethH6466 righteousness,H6664 and speakethH1696 the truthH571 in his heart.H3824

Here are truths and realities that have motivated my prayers and intercession for many years.  First, I learned to offer prayers of petition and praise.  Later, as I matured more and my knowledge of Scriptures increased, I discovered the joy of intercession.  Intercession comes from knowledge and inner prayers to “stand in the gap” for people, places and things God cares about.  Intercession is placing yourself in prayer into the object of your prayers.  For instance, at the end of this peace today, I offer opportunity to intercede for both Israel and Syria.  Prayers and intercessions are both very important.

Most Christians feel unworthy to be in the presence of Holy God, much less to move into and live in His house.  To abide means to continue, dwell or sojourn (travel with).  It works both ways, Jesus have been abiding in you since you were born again.  Today, the Psalmist is asking who can abide in God’s house, temple or tabernacle.  The question has a positive longing for the answer.

Upon visiting Israel for the first time in 1975, I immediately felt and home and wanted to move there with my family.  I stayed in a hotel across the Kidron Valley (separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives) overlooking Jerusalem.  I was on God’s holy hill and knew it.  Alone in my room, I opened the drapes to view the nighttime lighted city of Jerusalem.  I fell to my knees and wept.

I was well aware that my integrity, works of righteousness and truth speaking needed some improvement.  From my knees, I positioned myself prone to the carpet, face down and hands pointed toward Jerusalem.  It is a holy place.

Especially these two verses of this great Psalm, are a great stimulant for your prayers for yourself and for all nations.  Please pray for Israel and Jerusalem in particular.


From CBS – May 16, 2011
Israel borders quiet day after deadly incursions

Netanyahu vows Jewish state will defend its territory day after 15 killed in pro-Palestinian marches

JERUSALEM – The military said Israel’s frontiers were quiet Monday after a violent day of border breaches, though security forces remained on alert for more violence. The Israeli government, meanwhile agreed to transfer to the Palestinians cash it withheld after the rival Palestinian factions signed a unity pact.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers carried out house-to-house searches in Majdal Shams all night looking for some of the hundreds of people from Syria who burst through a border fence into the village Sunday.

Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations on Sunday, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.

The shadow of the “Nakba”

Sunday’s marches were a surprising turn of events. Hundreds of Palestinians and supporters poured across the Syrian frontier and staged riots, drawing Israeli accusations that Damascus, and its ally Iran, orchestrated the unrest to shift attention from an uprising within Syria. It was a rare incursion into Israel from the usually tightly controlled Syrian side and could upset the delicate balance between the two longtime foes.

Ras Robinson – “EXPOUNDING RAS’ TODAY WORD”  Subscribe to our blogs FREE in Helpful Hints below.




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