Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (PSALM 133, KJV)
Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. If you were to ask any John Doe on the street to loan you $200, it is highly likely he would simply laugh. If, however, you were to approach someone of longstanding friendship—someone who knew that you were honest, honorable, and trustworthy, the odds of a loan being granted would increase exponentially. God wants His people to build a relationship with Him, to communicate with Him frequently, to trust Him and to recognize His sovereignty in our lives as did men such as Daniel, Abraham, and David. This is the only way to become equipped for spiritual warfare.
We preach the cross, but for Christ’s present-day ministry to operate in our lives and for Him to bless our nation, we must camp out at Calvary. We must invite the convicting power of the Holy Spirit into our lives, and become God’s house of prayer. God wants to do today what He did two thousand years ago. He has a final blow to execute. The first great battle was at Calvary; the last great battle is at the end-of-the-age for the final harvest. This is the final assault and the finished work of the cross. This last strategic strike will render the demons of hell bound in chains, and bring in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever known.
While there are, perhaps, more religious holidays in the Jewish faith than any other religion from Yom Kippur to Rosh Hashanah to the Fast of Gedalia, one of the more recognizable celebrations of Jewish tradition is not religious in nature. Rather, Hanukkah celebrates a nation’s heroes and the miracle they experienced!