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7. David – Walking in Repentance and Restoration
Many live in depression, discouragement, and defeat because of unconfessed sin. The consequences of wrong choices reverberate in their lives and burden them an unrelenting taskmaster. Even if they know God’s willingness to forgive, many women reason that He could never use them in service.
However, biblical characters emerge from the pages of Scripture not only with their successes but also with their failures. We are surprised to see that God uses such imperfect people.
He takes people who have committed great sins and restores them.
Be encouraged as you read about the repentance and restoration of one of the greatest heroes in the Bible, King David, the “man after God’s own heart.”
Step into the Story
David and Bathsheba.
Read 2 Samuel 11
The author begins by giving the setting of the story as “in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle.” The contrast introduced by the word “but” tells us that David (the king) was not out at the battle but was at Jerusalem.
1. In verses 2-4, there is a progression. Write down the verbs in each verse that tell actions that David took. I’ll start you out with verse 2.
v. 2 David arose, walked, and saw
2. What was the immediate result of David’s sin with Bathsheba? (v.5)
3. Why did David send for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, who was at war? What did David hope Uriah would do? (v.6-9)
4. What do Uriah’s actions and words in v.10-11 tell us about his character?5. In v.12-13, David made another attempt to get Uriah to go to his house. What did David do and what was the result?
6. Since his first two attempts at a cover up were unsuccessful, David devised another plan. What was his plan and how did he get the message to Joab? (v.14-15) (Notice that David’s attempt to cover his sin also had a progression. Each time his plan did not work, he moved to another level.)
7. Was David’s plan successful? What happened to Uriah? (v.16-17)
8. In v.17-25, Joab dispatched a messenger who brought an update on the war. What did the messenger say about Uriah?
9. What did David do after Uriah’s death and the period of mourning? (v.27) How did God view David’s actions?
10. Can you recall a time when you sinned and then tried to cover it up? Were you ultimately successful?David and Nathan
Read 2 Samuel 12
1. Nathan the prophet was sent by God to confront David. How did he approach David in order to help him see his sin?
2. How did David react to Nathan’s story? (v.5-6)
3. Write down the statement Nathan made to David after David reacted to the story Nathan told him. (v.7)
4. What was David’s response when he realized what he had done? (v.13)
5. According to v.13-14, what was the good news that Nathan delivered to David? What was the bad news?
Journey through the Principle
David and God
Read Psalm 51
In Psalm 51, David cried out to God in confession.
1. On what basis did David ask for forgiveness? (v.1)
2. Against whom did David say he had sinned? (v.4)
3. In v.10-12 David petitioned God for certain things. Make a list of what he requested of God. (Note: As New Testament believers, we do not have to pray that God will not take His Holy Spirit away from us. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit did not indwell all believers as He does now.)
4. David expected not only to be restored but also to be a useful servant of the Lord in the future. What things did he mention doing in v. 13-15?
5. Is there something you have held back from doing because of past sin in your life? Will you ask God to restore the joy of your salvation, to allow you to praise Him, and to use you to reach others for Him? Write your request out to the Lord.
6. What kind of sacrifice is pleasing to God? (v.17)
Walk It Out in Life
We often think of David’s great sin as adultery with Bathsheba. However, we have seen that he not only committed adultery but also plotted to make sure that Uriah would be killed.
David confessed his sin, received forgiveness from God, and knew God could still use his life.
After we have confessed a sin, we know that “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9 NASB).Have you let Satan convince you that something you have done is so great that God could never use you? Have you told yourself that you have done something so unthinkable that if anyone knew, they would never accept you?
1. In Revelation 12:10, we learn that someone is accusing believers before God day and night. In Revelation 12:9, we learn who this is. According to Revelation 12:9-10, who is this accuser?
2. In Hebrews 7:24-25, who is always making intercession for us? According to 1 John 2:1, who is our advocate with the Father?
To whom are you listening? The accuser of the brethren accuses us before God day and night. Our Advocate is always interceding for us in heaven.
We have to choose to receive God’s forgiveness and to renew our minds with His Word so that we hear His voice and not Satan’s.
If you have been listening to the accuser, confess this to the Lord and fill your mind with God’s thoughts from His Word.
Walk It Out in Parenting
In this series of narratives related to David’s sin with Bathsheba, we can learn not only from David’s example but also from the example of Nathan. God sent Nathan to confront David about his sin. He did so in what might seem to be an unusual way to confront someone.
It requires a lot of thought and effort to make up a word picture or story to communicate something that could be said directly. Nathan could have said, “David, look at you. You have committed adultery. You are responsible for Uriah’s death.
What on earth were you thinking?” However, we learn from Scripture that Nathan’s story drew David in so that he responded emotionally to the injustice of the rich man who took the poor man’s only lamb. When David became incensed at the man who took the lamb, Nathan said one of the most gripping statements in Scripture.
“You are the man.” Only after Nathan had David’s attention did he deliver his, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel” (2 Sam 12:7).My husband and I learned the idea of communicating by using stories or word pictures in a Bible study on parenting that we attended when our children were young.
We learned to create a word picture to encourage, to confront, or to convey a feeling. My husband used a story about baseball to talk with one of our sons who was having difficulty receiving “coaching” from his dad.
Before he could finish the story, our son said “So, I’m the second baseman.”
I have used this approach several times when making an appeal for one of my children to an authority in a situation that I felt needed attention. I have used this only when a more direct approach did not seem to be effective because communicating to someone by a word picture takes more preparation, time, and thought.
One time I wrote a short, one page story to communicate a point when I was asked to provide written feedback on a particular year at school. I have also used a very brief word picture such as, “I feel I’m dialing 911 and no one is answering” to express frustration that I was not receiving a response on something I considered very crucial.
It is helpful if the word picture relates to something the person is interested in or can identify with. Notice that Nathan’s story involved flocks and a little ewe lamb, something that David the shepherd would immediately relate to.
Although I have rarely used a story to communicate in a confrontational situation, I do think it is very effective and something worth considering when you are having trouble getting an idea across.
Hold His Hand
David’s prayer in Psalm 51 begins with the words, “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.” Throughout the Psalms, we sense the intimate relationship that David had with the Lord.
He called on God in many different situations and poured out his heart to the Lord repeatedly. After David began his prayer by asking God to be gracious to him, he asked God to forgive him. In beautiful poetic language, David prayed, “Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Ps 51:1b-2 NASB). These three word pictures describe what David believed the God of lovingkindness and compassion would do. “Blot out” is a reference to human records that could be erased. “Wash” is used to compare forgiveness to the washing of clothing.The verb “cleanse” comes from the ceremonial law and speaks of purification for temple participation.9
This same God of lovingkindness and compassion is willing to forgive you and to forgive me. He will erase, wash, and cleanse every sin that holds us back from experiencing His best.
Will you bring your confession to the God of lovingkindness and compassion? Only He can set you free from the guilt and shame that shackle you to the past. Let Him wash you with His complete cleansing and forgiveness.
The New Testament encourages us to confess our sins to one another (James 4:16). As believers, we live in community and we are able to experience healing and forgiveness as we confess our sins to other believers.
In the MOMS study at our church, we have a prayer time each week that follows a format called PRAY (praise, repent, ask, and yield). The “repent” portion of the prayer time is silent. One week I heard someone say something out loud during the repentance part of the prayer time.
I thought that maybe the mom did not know that this part of the prayer time was silent, but I found out later that she wanted to confess a particular sin to her group. Only her small group could hear what she said and she only said one word. However, her leader told me that the mom felt it would help her to confess to the others in her group.
She had already confessed to the LORD, but she wanted others to pray for her and affirm her forgiveness.
3 Keys to Making Repentance Easier Yet More Meaningful
As a former bishop and now a YSA branch president, many members have asked me, “How long will it take me to repent?” And I usually answer, “Well, that depends—it depends on you and on the Lord.” Some people are able to repent rather quickly, while others take a long time.
What’s the difference? One factor, of course, is the magnitude of the sin—especially if we commit serious sins after making sacred temple covenants.
But ultimately, the time it takes to repent depends on the time we need to experience “a mighty change of heart”—the time we need to lose our desires to sin and to abhor our prior sinful ways (see Alma 5:12-14, Mosiah 5:2).
When we find joy in righteousness and sincerely seek to bask in the continual peace and comfort of the Spirit, our hearts have changed, and we are ready to receive divine forgiveness.
So how do we begin to change our hearts so that we can repent more quickly in the future? Here are three keys that can help any of us get a head start in the repentance process:
The first key to repentance is to be humble. Jesus Christ is the supreme example of humility. During His mortal life, His only desire was to do the will of the Father, taking none of the glory for Himself.
He was perfect in that desire and, therefore, unable to sin. Even though He had agency, He kept every commandment with exactness. He never did, or even thought of doing, anything contrary to the will of God.
Satan, on the other hand, is the ultimate example of being ruled by complete and utter pride. He opposes God in all things and in all ways. He rejects submission, humility, and meekness as weakness. He is, therefore, unable and unwilling to repent.Our pride—though we might not recognize it—pits us against God and can prevent us from repenting. With prideful hearts, we want to do things our way and may even try to dictate to the Lord the conditions of our repentance.
We may want to rationalize our sins or to hide them. Perhaps we feel too embarrassed to confess them or we want to attempt to avoid paying the penalty for our transgressions or making restitution.
In short, we are looking after our own interest and desires, not God’s.
If we are humble, however, we refrain from excusing our transgressions. We take full ownership of our sins and we desire to immediately correct our wrongdoing. We are anxious to be accepted of the Lord, to diligently and willingly do whatever He requires of us to be forgiven, and to serve Him completely.
The longer we hold onto our pride, the longer it takes us to repent. Thankfully, our Father in Heaven, who loves us perfectly, will help us to become humble. He’s told us, “If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness.
I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).
We will receive subtle invitations from Him through the Spirit, the scriptures, friends, or “coincidences” that will help us to recognize the need to change.
If we are so blinded by our pride that we are unable to see our sinful ways, the Lord will use more direct methods to call us to repentance.For example, an angel warned Alma the Younger to stop persecuting the members of the Church, saying, “If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God” (Alma 36:9).
Though we might not see an angel, the Lord has other ways of chastening us to make us aware of our sins. When we humbly respond to His call, we can repent and reach our divine potential.
The second key to repentance is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can attempt to repent without faith, but it won’t work. I have seen members try, but every time, they ultimately fail.
With little or no faith, they either try to save themselves instead of relying on the Atonement, or they lack the resolve to overcome their sins because they don’t believe God still loves them or has the power to save them.
Only after developing a “faith unto repentance” have I seen these members successfully repent (Alma 34:15).
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ helps us to keep the commandments because we are able to depend on Him even when we don’t fully understand His designs or purposes. Christ taught, “All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). This includes repenting and obeying all God’s commandments.
Faith also gives us confidence that our Father in Heaven loves us, He wants to forgive us, and He has something better in store for us. Faith provides us with the desire and a purpose for repenting and striving to become more Christ. Similarly, our faith gives us the conviction that Jesus Christ willingly paid for our sins and desires to redeem us.
If we allow Satan to make us feel unloved and unredeemable—which he will certainly try to do—we are, in essence, putting our “faith” in the devil. We are believing his lies instead of trusting in the Lord who will not and cannot lie.
Resisting the Desire to Hide
The third key to repentance is to never hide from God. Our desire to hide can come from embarrassment, shame, a lack of hope, doubt, selfishness, a lack of self-worth, or a lack of desire—all manifestations of pride or a weak faith.
Satan wants us to be estranged from God and to be afraid of Him. He wants us to hide from Him. After Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, they concealed themselves among the trees of the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3:8).
They had heard the Lord’s voice and were afraid. But even though they had transgressed, God sought them out. The same will happen to us.Just as the Lord will warn us before we sin, He will seek us out and invite us to repent after we have sinned.
Un Adam and Eve, we hide today not in a physical way, but by removing ourselves from places and situations where we can feel the Spirit—places such as church meetings and situations such as daily earnest scripture study and prayer for heavenly guidance. In a way that’s just as damaging, we may also hide by simply going through the motions and treating each one of these items as a checklist to maintain the image of righteousness without investing our hearts.
Hiding puts our repentance in jeopardy. We need the companionship and influence of the Spirit—we are literally “sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost” (3 Nephi 27:20). The Holy Ghost purges our hearts of evil and fills us with desires to become more our Savior. He motivates us to change.
For example, when we listen intently to our prophet and other Church leaders in general conference we want to become better people. Those feelings and promptings come from the Holy Ghost as He sanctifies us. Our hearts are softened, and we are being prepared to repent.
But, we must all learn to go beyond merely resisting the desire to hide from the Lord and go one step further to open our hearts and souls to Him.
He has sacrificed everything, given everything, understands everything, and desires to give us everything—“all that [the] Father hath” (D&C 84:38).
In order to grow closer to Him and allow His Atonement to work within our lives, we must do the same in return, showing and giving our all to the Lord.
Repentance is a beautiful and saving doctrine. Through repentance and the redeeming power of Jesus Christ, we can be washed clean of all our sins and find true peace and happiness. Our hearts will change more quickly when we are humble, have faith, and seek the Lord with open hearts.For more great insights on how to repent more quickly and effectively by using the Atonement, check out David Fisler’s new book, His Redeeming Power: Cleansed on Conditions of Repentance.
7 Prayers For Forgiveness and Repentance
Forgiveness and repentance go hand-in-hand in a Christian’s life. We must learn to always forgive others and to ask for forgiveness ourselves. Without repentance, we are liable of judgment from God.
If we withhold forgiveness to others, forgiveness will also be withheld from us. Here are 7 prayers focusing on forgiveness and repentance.
May we all strive to live as holy as possible by allowing the Spirit to convict us of our sins and to forgive others that sin against us.
There are no words to express how filthy I feel every time I break Your heart. The guilt and the shame are overwhelming! Lord, I need Your touch right now. I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing. Paul, I am conflicted.
“For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15) I am so sorry! Father, I ask for Your forgiveness right now. I am shocked that my life has come to a point where even some sins don’t affect me at all.
Father, I have some hard layers on my heart that need peeling. Please give me a 100% heart of flesh. The hardness is a barrier between us that I can’t stand! I love You and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord.
Without forgiveness I am nothing. With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen
Strength To Forgive Others
With Your forgiveness I am whole again. I praise Your Name! Amen
I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me off my shoulders. I am wallowing in the anger I feel. Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I have. You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me. I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me. Father, I want to forgive these people.
Please cast the devil’s evil ways from me. I want to look at these people and see lost souls that need You. I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, to be Jesus to them. Father, I am done with holding these grudges! Forgive me for holding on to them. I cast this burden at Your throne now. Do with me as you please Father.
I love You and thank you for Your patience with me. Amen
Why do You forgive us? We shout praises to You when we sing worship. With the same tongue we curse other people that are made in Your image. (James 3:9 reference) Why do You forgive us? We say we love You and still keep sinning.
Why do You forgive us? We spend time in prayer thanking You for your blessings and then we refuse to bless others. Why do You forgive us? We read our Bibles when we make time for it, but we also read other nonsense that is offensive to You.
Why do You forgive us? We praise Jesus for His death on the cross for the atonement of our sins and then we nail Him to it again every time we trespass against You. Why do You forgive us every single time? I am so thankful for your endless supply of forgiveness! I can’t fathom how You do it, for I am only one man.
You do this for every single person! The compassion and grace and mercy that flow from You is absolutely amazing and I love You for it! Thank you so much for forgiving me every time I sin! You are worthy to be praised! Amen
Repentance From Unbelievers
Father in heaven,
My heart grieves for those close to me that do not want to know You. They are lost souls wandering wherever the devil takes them. They are fulfilling their own desires of the flesh instead of yearning for the life that You give.
Father, use me or anyone that You please to show Christ- love to them. Father, I love these men and women and to think of them in eternal torment is tormenting me! I pray that the seeds that are planted in them Lord will be grown by You.
You make miracles happen every day and I pray that You make one today in the lives of the lost. I praise Your Holy Name! Amen
Forgiveness For Children
Just as Job continually offered burnt offerings to you for the forgiveness of his children, (Job 1:5) I am praying for the forgiveness of mine. Lord, only You know what they have done. If they have sinned against You I pray that You would forgive them.
I pray that they would seek repentance to make things right with You. Lord, if there is any sin that needs to be forgiven, I pray that You would soften their hearts and bring them safely into Your arms of grace and mercy.
I thank you for Your unlimited love for us! Amen
You are all-powerful! Even Your thoughts produce action. I pray for our leaders in the government. Lord, they also have power, though it is limited. I pray that they would use their positions wisely, for You are the One who has allowed them to lead us. We need strong men and women of faith in these kinds of roles.
I pray that our men and women in authority will strive to live godly lives and to repent when necessary. As in Animal Farm, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” If there is any corruption, I pray that our leaders would repent and ask for forgiveness, so that our country doesn’t fall apart.
I thank you for our leaders and pray for their safety. I love you Father! Amen
I pray for pastors around the world. If there is any un-confessed sin active in their lives, I pray that You would bring them to the deepest valleys if that is what it takes to get them back on the narrow path. We need strong pastors leading our congregations.
I pray that You would use the people closest to their pastors to keep them accountable, Lord. Accountability is a must in every Christian’s life. I thank you for our pastors, Lord, for they have a huge role to play here on earth.
They have many big responsibilities and I am so grateful that they accept the challenges of pastoring. I love You, Lord! Amen
Forgiveness is absolutely necessary in a Christian’s walk with the Lord. “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4) God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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The visit to Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea – the largest Christian Church in the world with 700,000 spirit-filled members by Günther & myself was more than an “eye-opener”.
We were deeply moved by the way, manner and method in which these brethren prayed and gained answers to their prayers.
Looking at such verses as: MARK 11:22-25, it can be said that these Korean Christians do not hesitate to fulfil what is stated here by Our Saviour & Lord, Jesus Christ!
The unbelief is swept away by concentrated prayer and belief that whatsoever is asked of God in Jesus' Name will be fulfilled!God's Word is not doubted and this was powerfully anointed to both Günther & myself.
With the following tips and points which we ourselves have “learned and watched” in the Korean Church, we wish to “aid” our European brethren in their prayer life before God. Over 60,000 new converts were saved this year alone…
and statistics show that over 70% of ALL prayer requests made by our Korean brethren are answered by God! God will answer all those who come to Him humbly and in obedience!
Pray in this way
Praying is “difficult” because it is not a conversation with another person, it is an audience with the Almighty God.
1) Start Praying by Praising God:
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His Courts with praise” (PSALM 100:4). He created everything; gave us Salvation; loving care. God delights and dwells in our praises: “…who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (PSALM 22:3). In the O.T. the High Priest burned sweet incense 24 hours a day.
2) Repent of Your Sins:
Examine yourself before the presence of the Lord, and repent of sins. “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of His Glory.” (ISAIAH 6:3).
The partition of disobedience and disbelief must be broken. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, Oh God Thou wilt not despise.” (PSALM 51:17, 1 JOHN 1:9 & ISAIAH 1:18). A person who has repented of his sins, can come boldly to the Throne of Grace.
3) Make Your Requests Known to God:
“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened…” MATTHEW 7:7-11
When you come to God with a request, you must come to Him with an earnest desire.
The Bible well describes how Jesus prayed at Gethsemane, “Being in agony, He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became drops of blood, falling down upon the ground” (LUKE 22:44).
If the Son of God prayed so earnestly, how much more shall we have to pray fervently?! Jesus taught us the necessity of incessant prayer through the parable of the widow (LUKE 18:1-8). You must pray in accordance with God's Will (JAMES 4:3).
4) Express Your Thanks:
“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
All great wonders of Christianity, sometimes beyond our imagination, result from fervent prayer. If you learn this secret of the order of prayer, you may be able to experience the proper order of God's blessing: prosperity in your spirit, the blessing of good health, and prosperity in all things (3 JOHN 2).
Pastor David Yonggi Cho taught on “Prayer Life” during a seminar; giving advice on how we ought to occupy our time during prayer before God.
Most American pastors spend a maximum of 5 minutes daily in prayer…
and Cho gave this talk to show how he has “planned his prayer time” so that he has an aim and direction in which to pray and put his petitions to God.
The following are notes and advice taken from this seminar:
- God created us to minister and fellowship unto Him.
- We are to pray, praise and worship.
- No prayer = no power!
- We must plan our prayer – we are in a spiritual battle!!
1) Improptu Prayer: (Topical Prayer)
Concerns our needs. It doesn't last long before you run requests before God. In this type of prayer you present your needs; desires and normal everyday requests before the Lord.
2) Positional Prayer:
“God, you are my Creator”! “You have total sovereign power of good and evil in my life… I am not sovereign to decide anything to do with my life” – only God can decide and direct my steps! Think of the Sovereignty of Almighty God Who is our Father.
.. we do not know which is to be “good or evil” in our lives – (think of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – GENESIS 2:17; and leave this to God to decide how our lives are to be directed!).
“I don't know which is good and evil – I will simply follow You!”
3) God is the Shepherd:
I am the sheep. God protects; nurtures me… I am not to go ahead of God. God must lead my life! Cho gave an example here how he had to wait on God for the establishment of his newspaper and of the difficulties involved…
but he wasn't to “get ahead” of the Lord's leading – God supplied his every need! The Shepherd guides us to the “green pastures” and causes us to eat and be filled and receive our needs for His work.
We don't need to struggle to do God's Work – He is in charge of everything He needs!
4) You are the Vine:
I am the branch. The activity belongs to God! Receptivity belongs to me… I am the vessel. Do NOT let me act (do anything) till You, the Lord gives/supplies! We can't do anything in our own strength!
5) God is the Husband:
I am the “wife”. The husband loves the wife and must work! God will do all the work. God provides; gives us good things… the husband's love is “work” (just as fleshly husbands). The wife only has to obey! God proves His love with gifts; sacrifices.
God gave His Son! Our role is a passive one – we simply have to OBEY! …
Therefore this is a POSITIONAL PRAYER! God is Sovereign and we are the servant!! Pray; Trust & Obey! – we wait before and upon God! God acts = we receive! Don't go ahead of God – He loves us – we are to obey! God = Leadership = we follow!
6) Ripple Prayer:
This prayer is never ending when introduced/used before the Lord. This prayer need not end and includes everything… (a) – it begins usually with oneself = pray for self and needs; confess one's sins; (b) – we then ask God to help in various needs…
(c) – pray for one's family… (d) – pray for relatives… (e) – neighbours and friends… (f) – nation and politicians… (g) – world mission – spreading God's Word through the Cell Groups and Assemblies… (h) – Pray about own Cell Group/Church and projects…
7) Tabernacle Prayer:
A knowledge of the Tabernacle as seen in Exodus Chapters 25; 26 and 27 is absolutely recommended for this prayer! Pastor Cho prays this “Tabernacle Prayer” every morning and “The Lord's Prayer” at night. – Worship God through your Body, which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (see 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19).
- You worship firstly at The Bronze Altar = The Cross of Jesus Christ = The Precious Blood! This is deeply meaningful and emotional. You speak to God about The Blood of Jesus – the enemy has no power! = “I am a blessed person!”
- Now “move on into The Tabernacle”… must live righteously – God will cleanse me… make me truthful and totally faithful. A holy life both in public and private is demanded! = this will give God's Power!
- Now you are at the “Laver”… God is to make me forgiving & loving. It is easy to forgive but harder to love! We are to be made meek & humble! Don't be very rough = be tender and meek! Deliver me from covetousness etc. This is where you pray to “be washed” by God's Word! = “The Laver” = French “to wash”.
- Then you enter into “The Main Sanctuary”… Candles = Light of the Holy Spirit… have only the Light of God = Golden Candlestick… without the Holy Spirit there is no burning Light! = no anointing! Here the self-image in Christ needs to be built up – he who condemns himself and has no respect with revelation of whom he is in Christ, destroys himself and turns into an animal! God is our Power; our Knowledge – we are equipped through God for all things… no matter how we have missed out on things in this world or whatever our circumstances fleshly-seen – e.g. born poor; illegitimate; etc., etc. … God is our image (2 CORINTHIANS 3:18) and the Holy Spirit helps in every way!
- Then you come to The Table of Shewbread = This is The Word – love it; take it to the lost world. Eat The Word!! (MATTHEW 4:4).
- Then you come to The Incense Altar = Praise God; Creator; Almighty God.
- Then you go into The Holy of Holies = Through Jesus = The Ark of the Covenant = Forgiveness; love; holiness and righteousness. God cannot deny His Covenant through Jesus!!
There is one condition = Believe and obey!
Cho commented that this “Prayer” takes him at least one hour!
N.B. This all shows then a need for careful and planned prayer! (You will soon find that you need more than an hour for such prayer!)
Headquarters, October 1992
Notes adapted from David Cho's talk “Prayer”; Korea, October 1982