- Our bodies have replaced the animal sacrifices and drink offerings:
- Both in the Old and New Testament, the assertion is made that our bodies are to be offered as spiritual sacrifices.
- The New Testament however clarifies this because of the fact that we no longer have to offer animal sacrifices.
Rom.12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Elohim's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Elohim-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Elohim's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Phil.2:17-18 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Prayer from the lips is likened to an offering: Hos.14:2 Take words with you and return to Yahweh. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
- It is obvious by the aforementioned Scriptures that the daily prayer times should be added to the tenets of our faith.
- Not only do we see the command from Yahweh to offer sacrifices at sunrise and sunset
- We also have examples of men that were not sacrificing but were spending those times in prayer.
- Yahshua did not come to do away with the appointed times, he only came to fulfill the animal sacrifices and to establish a new and more spiritual roadway to Yahweh.
- We need to honor these times during our lives and stand/kneel before Yahweh under His (Yahshua’s) authority.
- Imagine the benefits to having both our day and evening start with our being in community with Yahweh.
- It is commonly understood that when the Yisraelites were in the desert, they would step outside of their tents and face the tabernacle during the times of the evening and morning sacrifice.
- Twice a day they would come in his presence; similarly we as believers should stand/kneel before him twice a day and attend to him in prayer.
- Practicing this tenet along with the many other ones, adds to our intent to live our lives as Yahweh centered.
- As mentioned earlier, this is not to say that we should not pray to Yahweh at any other times of the day or night.
- We have examples where both David and Daniel prayed at noon and it seems that the disciples also prayed at other times.
- The important thing however is to recognize the fact that Yahweh, our Father, established His appointed times for prayer.
- All we can do as humble servants is to obey and to trust that He established them for a greater purpose. Halleluyah!