The very first prayers in the BiblePosted: September 1, 2011
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. The Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters, and God said, ‘Let there be’…“ Genesis 1:1-3.
In Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, and it was good.
In Genesis 1:6, God said, “Let there be an expanse” or canopy or vault, which created a protective atmosphere somewhat similar to the embryonic sac around an unborn child – also good.
In Genesis 1:9, God said, “Let the waters be gathered” and “let the dry land appear,” which created our good earth and oceans.
In Genesis 1:11, God said, “Let the earth bring forth vegetation,” which created plants and trees capable of reproducing and flourishing, which, like everything else God created, was perfectly good.
In Genesis 1:14, God said, “Let there be lights in the heavens,” which created the sun and moon, and this was delightfully good.
In Genesis 1:20, God said, “Let the waters bring forth living creatures and birds fill the sky,” and it came to be and was good.
In Genesis 1:24, God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures,” and it was all so good.
Most likely, you have already heard the Bible’s beautifully poetic account of creation and also know that the word “amen” means “let it be or “so be it” or “let there be,” so let’s consider these thoughts too:
- The very first prayers in the Bible began in the very beginning with God’s amen – God’s prayers for the whole universe and, in essence, God’s prayers for you and me.
- The “Amen” of God calls us into being spiritually alive, and this is good and blessed.
Questions: Is anything hindering me from receiving the blessing of God and letting the goodness of God come forth and flourish in me?
Prayer: Dear Lord God, Creator of the whole world, re-create in me Your goodness, and bless me with Your word, Your prayer for me this day.
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