One afternoon around three o’clock he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at the angel, terrified. “What is it, sir?” he asked. “Your prayers,” replied the angel, “and your acts of charity have gone up into God’s presence, so that he has you on his mind."
Acts 10: 3-4 CJB
What gets YHVH's attention? What puts us on His mind? What makes Him reach across cultural barriers to call foreigners into His presence? Prayer and Charity. From what I have seen in my time in the Messianic/ Hebrew Roots/ Torah Observant movement, prayer is not an issue. Most everyone I have met has an active prayer life and most gatherings I have been to include an abundant amount of prayer.
With regard to charity in our movement, are we doing all that we can to alleviate the burden of the poor around us? Are we hypocrites still because we are preaching YHVH's Torah and the Gospel of His Messiah yet turning a blind eye to the orphans and widows of our day? Are we shunning those who are not in our social class and thanking YHVH for our own provision He has given us while we step over those who are in desperate need?
How much more should the people of YHVH be keeping His Word, not only in the commandments and Feasts, but in prayer and charity? I urge each of you to open your eyes and pray to YHVH for an opportunity to alleviate the suffering around us. Do not let fear keep you from illustrating His mercy and grace to our generation and to the environment He has placed each of us in.
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