The Place of Prayer

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Genesis 19:1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom.  When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

3. Yet he urged them strongly so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

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Sitting in the Gate

“Since gates were the center of city life, it is not surprising that scripture writers often described important officials as “sitting in the gate.” Understanding the important role of city gates brings new light to many biblical stories:

– When God’s angels arrived in Sodom, Lot was “sitting in the gateway,” apparently serving as an influential judge in that evil city” (Gen. 19:1, 9).–Follow the Rabbi

Lot is a prominent man in the city of Sodom, and he has been taught well by Abraham, so he understands the importance of helping the poor; yet, one of Sodom and Gomorrah’s main sins was being cruel to poor.  They were cruel to poor strangers as well as their own poor.  If you are cruel to strangers you will end up being cruel to your neighbors.

In yesterday’s post we noted that Abraham was sitting outside of the tent by the tent door when he saw the messengers of God approaching.  Today we see that Lot is “sitting in the gate of Sodom,” while I do believe Lot was a man of prominence, I also feel that this nugget of information holds more depth than that, let’s look at what it could mean for today:

The Hebrew year is 5774.  Here is a brief overview of this year:

Ayin = 70 (as in 74):

“The word “ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”. The ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism.  Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; representing humility.  The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom.

Dalet = 4 (as in 74)

Dalet is the picture of a hanging tent door. The door, dalet, also can mean the movement of one coming from or going into the tent. As is the case with every word, we can interpret negatively or positively. During dalet, one will either move (1) out of or (2) back into their tent.  In order to step outside of the tent, one must bow to clear the low-hanging door. To come out of limitation and confinement, dalet will require us to humble ourselves in a curious way. When bowing, one has a particular view of his feet, hands, arms and body in general. On our way out of the tent, we must look at our feet (symbolic of our journey), our hands (symbolic of our accomplishments), our arms (symbolic of our strengths), and our body (symbolic of our health and wholeness). Possessing our destiny will necessitate a time of introspection and honest assessment. In preparation for ayin dalet, may I encourage you to honestly evaluate your life in these four critical areas.

1. Feet (your journey). Where has God brought you from? What of His faithfulness have you learned on the trajectory of life? How do the geographies of your past prepare you for the future?

2. Hands (your accomplishments). Where have you succeeded? When in life have you felt the most fulfillment or achievement? What was it that you were doing?

3. Arms (your strengths). For what are you sought out? What skills, spiritual giftings, innate genius have you discovered?

4. Body (your health and wholeness). How whole are you emotionally and physically? Are there areas of your health that need addressed? How about your emotional stability? Denial keeps us from bowing humbly in honest assessment. Your destiny can only be as fully realized as you are whole emotionally and physically.

Dalet does not require you to be perfect, but merely honest in these four critical areas. If you are to come out of your tent of limitation, whatever is limiting you must be targeted. Many are kept from their destiny because they refuse to acknowledge the purpose for which they were created. Sometimes we want to be anything BUT what God has called us to be.” – Defining Words

We are not just to come out of our tent doors humbly, but we are to sit at our city gates welcoming strangers, taking care of the poor.  It’s not the government’s job, it’s OURS!  You might say, “but we ARE the poor…” and you may be correct, but even if we are the poor, we are blessed with truth and knowledge.  We can share our blessings with others less fortunate.

First, Lot rose to greet the strangers, then he “bowed down with his face to the ground,” he humbled himself before them.

He Prepared a Feast for Them

Unleavened Bread

Genesis 19:3 shows us that these events unfold during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the time between Passover and Shavuot.  Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with the leaven of malice and wickedness.  They were self-serving, not showing loving kindness to the poor of their cities or strangers.  It is during this Feast of God that we clean our homes and our hearts of the leaven, things not pleasing to God, a time of humility.

Struck with Blindness

Genesis 19:11 “They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.”   Will our eyes be blinded by lack of loving kindness and selfishness this year, or will we choose to allow our eyes to be opened to the truths the Lord is trying to reveal to us?  The choice is still ours.

In and Out of the Door

We just saw that the messengers pulled Lot into the door to protect him from the mobs that they blinded just outside the door.  Now, we see that morning dawned and the angels urged Lot, not just to leave the house, but to flee the city and the valley and to head up into the mountains because the LORD had compassion on him.  Lot asked (prayed) that he and his family could escape to Zoar and it was permitted.  Scripture again shows us that “God remembered Abraham,” by sending Lot away from Sodom and Gomorrah before their destruction.

1. Feet (your journey). Where has God brought you from? What of His faithfulness have you learned on the trajectory of life? How do the geographies of your past prepare you for the future?

2. Hands (your accomplishments). Where have you succeeded? When in life have you felt the most fulfillment or achievement? What was it that you were doing?

3. Arms (your strengths). For what are you sought out? What skills, spiritual giftings, innate genius have you discovered?

4. Body (your health and wholeness). How whole are you emotionally and physically? Are there areas of your health that need addressed? How about your emotional stability? Denial keeps us from bowing humbly in honest assessment. Your destiny can only be as fully realized as you are whole emotionally and physically.

Doors will open this year as you are willing to walk through them. What has evaded you will come into your field of view beckoning your involvement. Responsibility is shifting into your hands, forcing you to decide, “How bad do I want it?” “Is my potential future worth the cost of my comfort?” “Can I survive outside of my tent of limitation?” In John 10:9 KJV, Jesus says, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” He is our dalet – the One who leads us into greener pastures. Too many of us follow our favorite ministers or voices hoping to find our destiny. Until you hone in on the voice of the Shepherd, the door of destiny will elude you. He alone can confirm. He alone can commission. He alone can grant entry into the next assignment or pasture of your life. Sell all of the stock you have placed in man’s ability to identify and promote you, and invest it where it belongs.

I declare over you the blessings of ayin dalet. The door of your tent is no longer a barrier to your destiny, but an open gateway to your future. The Lord, Himself, will lead you out of places of limitation into new territories. You have new eyes to see your purpose and to envision God-given possibilities. You will grow in emotional stability as you address your fears. Your health will spring forth speedily, including physical strength, weight loss, and fitness. Sickness and disease will no longer hold you hostage.

Promises you have held onto for years will be activated by words of confirmation. This time next year, you will hold your promise in its infancy. As you are faithful to the tent of meeting, the Lord will request and fulfill your commissioning. Circumstances cannot thwart the timing of the Lord. You, my friend, are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He alone is the door to Your future. You will not veer from your unfeigned faith in Christ.

Defining Words

Blessings,

Regina

O Lord God, I draw near to meet with You personally in the most holy place through Jesus.  Please do not blind our eyes as the men of Sodom, but open our eyes to your Wisdom and Truth.  May we see your wisdom and perceive it with optimism.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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About Pastor Regina

Pastor Regina Sanders is a wife, mother, pastor, author, and teacher of Scripture. In January 2016 the Lord blessed her with an international satellite radio broadcast, allowing her to be heard beyond the borders of the United States. She was heard in places such as Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada. This broadcast lasted only about 4 ½ months as she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer in May of 2016. Pastor Regina smiles and says, “God has a sense of humor. I was teaching a group about coming out of their shell of introversion. I was writing another book on this topic, and I had this radio broadcast, as well as, my weekly YouTube uploads, and I found myself in the hospital for 11 days. Upon coming home, I found myself either in the bed or on the couch unable to continue with the tasks I had before me. Lord, you healed me of introversion, and I find myself feeling completely isolated…” Today, Pastor Regina shares her journey through the valley of the shadow of death.
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