Twelve Pillars (5): Restoration and Prayer
Given By: "Glenn D. Blank" On Saturday, July 30, 2011

Today I will review the last three core values, from Dan Juster's "The Twelve Pillars."  It's apropos that I should finish The Twelve Pillars today, since next week, Dan will be visiting us!  These twelve pillars are core principles about which the leaders in our Tikkun America network agree.

Since May I covered nine of the pillars: Kingdom, worship, community, power & apostolic order, character and unity, Jewish calling and discipling the nations.  Today I will quickly cover the last three pillars: coming fullness, every life sphere, and prayer.

A key verse for understanding these crowning values is Acts 3:21, "He must remain in heaven until the time of the restoration of all things spoken by all His holy prophets since the world began."

OK, can someone tell me what the Hebrew phrase Tikkun Olam means?  It means repairing/restoring the world. So you can see why "the restoration of all things" would be a core value & hope of Tikkun Ministries. Indeed, it should be a core value and hope for all of us who wait and prepare for the return of Messiah. V'eemru? (And let us say..)

But consider what this verse, which Peter spoke to the people of Jerusalem, says: Messiah must remain in heaven until this restoration happens.  That's why He sent the Ruach HaKodesh to do among us.
It's an awesome responsibility as well as an awesome hope.  V'eemru? 

Pillar Ten: The Kingdom will be Expressed in the Coming Fullness
Acts 3:21 and other passages lead us to believe that we are really moving toward something greater than is usually connoted by the word restoration. After all, in the first century things were not perfect; there were divisions and factions and immaturity then, as is clear in Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Yeshua's letters to the congregations in Revelation. Rather, we are moving toward fullness that will somehow hasten the return of our beloved Messiah.
Before he returns, the Body of Believers will come to a place of maturity, unity, power and purity.

In Ephesians 4:11ff, we read "[Messiah] Himself gave some to be shlichim, some as prophets, some as proclaimers of the Good News, and some as shepherds and teachers-to equip the kedoshim for the work of service, for building up the body of Messiah. This will continue until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of Ben-Elohim-to mature adulthood, to the measure of the stature of Messiah's fullness."
This passage speaks about how five-fold ministry will equip the kedoshim (saints) until we all come to the unity of faith and grow into a mature man-the "one new man" of Ephesians 2:15.
How many of you think we have some growing up and maturing to do?  How many of you see that five fold equipping through Dan and Patty and others in Tikkun Ministries are helping us to mature?
For example, Tikkun is offering an training institute on "Effective Jewish Evangelism" next Sunday.

Tim and Beckie, please come forward.  They went to this Institute in Maryland last week. Also, Chad Holland, a member of our Tikkun America Executive Team, has developed a plan for effective discipleship, which I have been implementing here at Beit Simcha. Well over 30 of you have gone through the first discipleship course, and I have just begun the 2nd course with the Gabrieles.
Effective evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development are all crucial to bringing us all to maturity, the stature of Messiah's fullness."  V'eemru?

Ephesians 5: develops this vision: "Messiah also loved His community and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word. Messiah did this so that He might present to Himself His glorious community-not having stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but in order that she might be holy and blameless."
Would Messiah return to a bride who isn't ready, who is filthy with impurity and division? He wants a pure and radiant bride, washed clean by immersion in His word. V'eemru?

Restoring His body will require some pruning away of dead branches-but it will produce fullness.

So we see in Revelation 7:9-10, "I looked, and behold, a vast multitude that no one could count- from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues-was standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
John sees a revelation of Messiah's last day's Bride, coming in great and wonderful fullness. V'eemru?

These visionary passages give us great hope that though revival and equipping we will see the Body come into fullness. Only such a Bride will be able to effect the salvation of Israel and then the nations.
Dan writes: "We are committed to the restoration of all truth and more. We are committed to the coming fullness of the Body in unity, power, and purity. This will lead to the fullness of salvation for all of the nations of the world." V'eemru?

Pillar Eleven: The Kingdom is Expressed in Every Life Sphere
Though many associate the Kingdom of God with heaven, the Kingdom really came in Yeshua, when He proclaimed, "Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand." In other words, it's available now, because Messiah has come.  And Yeshua demonstrated the kingdom with works of power and healing, and with his amazing teaching, beginning with the Sermon on the Mount. He taught His disciples that it is now possible to enter the Kingdom and to manifest His Kingdom rule.
He expected His disciples to follow His example, and demonstrate His power and wisdom everywhere.

To be sure, the Kingdom, though present among us now, has not yet fully come-Messiah still remains in heaven, and the world is not at peace.  Nevertheless, the presence of His Kingdom may be seen now.
How? It is seen in those manifestations of Kingdom power.  Chris Granat and Michael Sandt have caught this vision and invite others to join their "Power and Love" ministry. "More love, more power!"
The Kingdom is seen in those who lives according to the teaching of Yeshua. The Kingdom is seen in greater fullness in the quality of marriage and family that is ordered by His presence and power. Ephesians 5 and 6 describe marriage and family that is according to the Kingdom.

The kingdom is seen in the life of a congregation that is in apostolic order. It is seen when believers participate actively in the wider society according to Kingdom principles. It is seen when civil governors govern according to Kingdom principles; it is seen when those who establish businesses bring this sphere into line with the Kingdom, producing products and services that benefit people, and using profits to bless people. V'eemru?  It is seen when godly employees bring transformation to their workplaces through prayer & faithfulness. V'eemru?

It is seen when the spheres of art, science and education also reflect the order of God's Kingdom.  Seeking his Kingdom means to seek to bring all into line with his Kingdom order of Torah.
These things are part of our witness. V'eemru?

Pillar Twelve: The Kingdom is Extended through Prayer
Prayer is the primary engine of Kingdom extension.  V'eemru?
Islam was spread through the sword, the kingdom of Messiah Yeshua through prayer and love. The supernatural weapons of prayer and proclaiming the Good News may look like weak and foolish to the world, but the historical record tells us otherwise.  Communism and Nazism have faded, but faith in Messiah Yeshua has endured and is now growing exponentially.

We read in 2 Cor. 10:4 that the "weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds." Prayer is a mighty weapon in our arsenal to tear down spiritual strongholds.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Yeshua to pray, "Your Kingdom come, your will be done."
Messiah's prayer seeks to empower us to establish God's rule in every sphere in which He placed us.

In Matt 18:18-20, Yeshua teaches His disciples, "Amen, I tell you, whatever you forbid on earth will have been forbidden in heaven and what you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst."
Where two or three agree, there is great power. How much more when a hundred fervently agree!

Note the way that the Tree of Life Bible translates verse 18: "whatever you forbid on earth will have been forbidden in heaven."  The goal of Kingdom prayer is for earth and heaven to agree-
nothing resists His will in heaven, since the angels always do His bidding; it is just on earth that devils and humans resist and do their own thing.  But we offer our bodies, our minds, and our wills to Abba, so that His will may be done on earth.  V'eemru?

The kind of prayer that works is "will of God" prayer: seeking the Father's will, just as Yeshua did in the Garden, and then He prayed, "Father, not my will, but Your will be done."  And it is done!
When we dwell in the vine, we know His heart. Therefore Yeshua promises us that if we abide in Him, and in His commandments, we will have whatever we ask.

John 14:13, "I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." Praying in Yeshua's name is not a magic formula. In the Hebraic context this means praying according to the meaning of His name, the essence and the authority of who He is.
To pray in Yeshua's name always has this purpose: that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

So when we pray in His name, let us first make that our hearts are in unity with this purpose. V'eemru?

Jacob (James) 5:16 says, "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Our righteousness is established on the rock-solid righteousness of Messiah Yeshua. Let us pray with confidence, on the basis of what Messiah has already done for us.
There are many opportunities for corporate prayer in our congregations-many of them new.

I urge you all to participate in our intercessory prayer meetings on Tuesday evenings- more folks are coming out in recent months, encouraging those who have been faithful, and giving us growing hope for a breakout of the Kingdom.

After hearing about the value of early morning prayer from other Rabbis at the Messiah conference, Pamela and I are also considering the possibility of an early morning prayer at our home, perhaps once a week at 7am, combining elements of praise, intercession and part of the traditional shacharit morning service.    Let me know if you might be interested. I also urge you participate actively on our prayer chain-see Barbara Sitler for details.

The prayer chain is intended for urgent and important prayers for our members, family members and close friends.  The leadership team recommends that you bring more general or less immediate prayers to intercessory prayer or havurah meetings.

Many of went on us prayer walks in two different areas before the Shachar Weizman outreach. How many of you that intercessory prayer walking can be a strategic way to impact our region? Beyond prayer walking, Nancy Hahn has brought us a vision for permanent prayer stations, where we let a street or area know that we are available for prayer on a regular basis. Ask Nancy for more details or to express interest in participating.

"Shuvu Elai," which means "Return to my God" is the first joint effort of the two largest Messianic organizations-the MJAA and the UMJC-for joint prayer through the month of Elul.
The month of Elul is traditionally a time of teshuvah or returning to God, leading up to Rosh Hashana. I propose that we gather for the Rosh Chodesh, the New Moon that begins the month, on August 31, together with Beth El Gibor, then pray following the prayer cards that I will distribute around then.

So here are our twelve pillars:
1) Understanding the Good News of the Kingdom.
2) The Kingdom is expressed in worship.
3) The Kingdom is expressed in community:
4) The Kingdom is expressed in power.
5) The Kingdom is expressed in godly character.
6) The Kingdom is expressed in apostolic order.
7) The Kingdom is expressed in a quest for unity.
8) The Kingdom is expressed in Jewish calling;.
9) The Kingdom is expressed in the call to the nations to join the Messiah of Israel.
10) The Kingdom is expressed in the of coming fullness.
11) The Kingdom is expressed in every life sphere.
12) And the Kingdom is extended by prayer.

May these pillars be deep convictions for us all. 
Abba Father, may Your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  B'shem Yeshua Ha-Mashiach.  In the name  of Yeshua the Messiah. Amen.