The Laborers Are Few: Pray

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:12

Click here for the Greek interlinear for this verse.

The Lord says this: “pray earnestly.”

Lord, send out laborers. Send out brothers and sisters in the Lord who will bring Your good news to the world. Send our families. Send our friends. Send our churches. Send our children. And, beloved Lord, Send me!” 

A. Ariel Vandebrooke

ps. I love You back.

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Oneness

When the Lord revealed His glory to Moses one who who knew His heart, He said something that would become a key thought and prayerful meditation for the people of Israel:

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu. Adonai Echad.
Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord your God. The Lord is One.

The redemptive story of the Bible is one of Oneness. The very first verses of the Bible begin with the triune Lord in communion with Himself. When He creates man, He creates him in His image. Eve comes from man and is bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh – one with him. Their children are likewise one of them and so mankind is born for oneness – oneness with each other and oneness with God.

Knowledge is a key part of Oneness. The same word that urges us to know God is the word that was used when Adam knew his wife, when he was one with her. It is the same word that is used for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In one bite from that tree mankind ingested knowledge of that which was not God, evil. It became apart of them. It severed their Oneness.

The rest of the Story is a passionate cry for Oneness, a plea to return to it, and a promise that the Lord would provide a way for His people to be One once again. The fulfilment of that promise is Jesus. In His high priestly prayer He prayed that the people of God would be One as They were One. And He leaves behind Him the Holy Spirit Who is to be One with us until Eternity when we will be fully in the presence of God and fully One with Him.

Total Rest

As the tender husband and good friend my Beloved is, He is teaching me rest. He is guiding me, slowly, at a pace I can just barely understand. I am a slow learner when it comes to the slow, restful, peaceful things. My mind is too quick and eager, and my body too willing to follow suit. But He is my new Mind, my new Body. I am learning to choose Newness – to choose Him and choose Rest.

I have learned the practice of relaxing one breath at a time. Breathe: Relax my feet. Breath: Relax my legs. Breath…. on and on till my whole body has released the tension and hurry and striving. My Beloved has taught me that I am two things – inner man, outer man. My body belongs to the realm of outer man. If I rest only my body, I rest only half of myself. I must rest my inner man – my will, affections, and mind. And so, with each breath, I focus my mind on one word of the Shema:

Shema breathe, relax feet
Yisrael breathe, relax legs
Adonai breathe, relax body
Eloheinu breathe, relax arms
Adonai breathe, relax neck and shoulders
Echad breathe, relax face and head
breathe

Sometimes the day has been long, and I do it again, and sometimes again…
In this rest I choose focus over distraction, rest over rush, slow breathing over the quicker kind. My outer-man finds rest in the sweet letting-go, while my inner-man – mind, will, and affections…my soul finds it’s deep rest and refreshment in the words spoken first by our Beloved when He revealed His Glory to one who knew His heart:

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu. Adonai echad.
Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord your God. The Lord is One
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ps. I love You back.

The Love Language of Dance

This morning I was blessed to be reminded by a Western Woman, the connection between praise and dance (To see her post, go here: http://westernwoman.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/dont-forget-to-dance/) The purpose of learning this Love Language Divine is to know Him and knowing Him both results in and is a result of praise.

As I searched our Beloved’s Word for the love language word for dance (מָחוֹל pronounced machol) I found this Psalm – a beautiful song praising His name, praising the Creator with dance and song in the love language divine!

Psalm 149
1 Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song.
Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
3 Praise his name with dancing,
accompanied by tambourine and harp.
4 For the Lord delights in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,

9 This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Let this song be the praise-prayer on our tongues and in our dance, today and every day:)

Amen

ps. I love You back.

tasting God in a nectarine

I prayed to my Elohim – Let me know You more as my Creator. What does Creator mean? I prayed this as I took a bite of fruit. Revelation: It was so delightfully clear. I knew, in a simple, beautiful, delicious new way what it meant that He was Creator. This is a knowledge no book can ever grant you – experiential knowledge. We taste it for ourselves. God is our Creator, the Creator of all things. We can taste His very nature in a nectarine.

What can you taste the Lord in? What delightful smell? What soft feeling? What breathtaking sight…reveals His nature to you? Look around. Study this world closely for it is a love letter in and of itself. It is Elohim’s masterpiece, and it is infused with His nature.

Elohim, we adore You! We love all You have made. We praise You for every nectarine and breath of jasmine and glimmer of lightening bugs. We delight in You. With You, we see what You have made and say “It is good.” We say, YOU are good. Because You are. You are so tov, Elohim.

ps. Oh, how I love You back!

A rhythm of prayer

Dance was a reflex, a passion, a delight. Since I was a little girl dance was movement; movement was dance. I am no prima ballerina. I never will be – don’t misunderstand me. I dance because I am human. That’s the only way I can understand it.

Dance is the flowering of rhythm. We are human, rhythm is in our veins with each beat of our hearts, with each breath of our lungs. We were created for rhythm as surely as we were created for prayer. Prayer must beat with our hearts, breathe with our lungs.

We must pray ceaselessly, for prayer is the breath of our souls. Prayer is not a grocery list: It is not dull, it is not a chore. It is the sweet communion of our hearts with His. It is the wild exchange of love overtaking us. We learn His love language and respond in it: This is prayer – sweet speech.

To pray ceaselessly and to dance – both require discipline. I wake in the morning to stretch, read His love letter and meditate on it. I move through rhythms from then on: prayer on His word, contemplation – the listening to Him to hear what He has to say about His word, praise, thanks, confession and affirmation, supplication and intercession, then again back to reading His love letter and meditating on His Word…. So I continue through the day. Not flawlessly, but devotedly.

This is the rhythm of praying without ceasing. This is the dance divine.

Dance with me?

Lord, stir our hearts to pray ceaselessly, stir us to choose You moment by moment, stir us to diligence, stir us to move. You are our praise. You are our life breath. Save us from our suffocation: Open our eyes. Remind us to remember. You are always with us, dwelling within us, being Yourself our sustenance and air.

ps. I love you ever-so-much back

Ariel Brooks

The Love Language of Prayer

In the last Love Language Divine post, we learned about what the name Yehovah Elohim meant and what it means to us as the ones He created and loves. In this post, we will turn that into a prayer of praise.

I deeply believe that a vital part of this journey of learning His love language and what He communicates to us through it is communicating back to Him. Our prayers are a result of our knowledge of Him. Our journey of learning how He communicates His love and how to communicate back to Him are one.

The Our Father – the model of prayer given to us by Jesus – begins with praise (“Hallowed be Thy name”) Our journey of prayer also begins with praise, praise to the Lord God – Yahweh Elohim – Who both created us and called us to be His own.

“Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.” – Psalm 72:18 NASB

For the hebrew version of this verse and the definitions of its hebrew words, see this link: http://interlinearbible.org/psalms/72-18.htm