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“Let us pray…” When we hear those words our response is conditional, expected and routine.  We know to bow our head, close our eyes and tune our hearts to God and His Will.  Our prayer then follows a typical type of pattern; concern for self, concern for others, praise of God, or request for something.

While studying this final prayer of Habakkuk I found myself thinking about some of the “great” prayers in the Bible. 

  • Hannah’s Prayer of Praise - 1 Samuel 2:1-10. When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers.
  • David’s prayer for deliverance - Psalm 3. This prayer provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles.
  • Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation - Jonah 2:2-9. We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a rising scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer.
  • The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13. This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed.

Then there is today’s prayer - Habakkuk 3:1-19. Habakkuk prayed because he was overwhelmed by God’s splendor. “I stand in awe of Your deeds” (Hab. 3:2). He had seen a vision of the greatness of God, recorded for us in verses 3–15, and this vision left him weak and helpless (v. 16). All he could do was cry out to God. “Let us pray…” Pastor Jeff

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When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.
Luke 23:33
It is difficult, over two thousand years after the fact, to imagine the horror of the moment as those closest to Jesus were forced to helplessly stand by as the spikes were driven through His hands and feet into the timber on which He would take His last breath in human form (Luke 23:44-46). His loved ones and disciples did not yet fully understand the meaning of what was taking place at the time. They were not yet able to understand that this evil deed of men was the result of divine purpose and planning for the salvation of all who would believe in the Christ. For us today, "how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?" (Hebrews 2:3). "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed.
Luke 23:52-53. 
After Jesus died and was taken down from the cross, He was laid to rest in a tomb provided by a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea (Luke 23:50-54). Joseph happened to also be a member of the Sanhedrin, but was opposed to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Joseph secretly believed that Jesus was the Messiah according to Scripture, but feared the consequence of acknowledging his belief publicly (John 19:38). After Jesus died, Joseph went to Pilate secretly and requested the body of Jesus so that he might provide a proper burial.
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