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           Prayer of Agreement               Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they     may ask, it shall be done for them           by my Father who is in heaven.                      (Matthew 18:19)                                                                 ________________________________                                                                                                                           A Prayer When Facing                          A Financial Crisis                                                                               Lord, I come to You in this time of great need in the life of our family. Whatever the cause, we find ourselves in extreme financial need. First of all, Father, I come against the spirit of fear, in the name of Jesus. I refuse to operate in fear, anxiety or worry concerning this situation. But I know that if there is fear, anxiety or worry in my heart, it will cloud my judgment and appraisal of the situation. It will make it seem even worse than it really is. It will also block my ability to hear from You. Father, I give this whole situation to You and ask for Your guidance and direction in rectifying it. If it came about because of any bad decisions I made or any wrong thoughts or actions I engaged in, I repent to You right now. I ask You for forgiveness. Help me to see my mistakes and faults and to do all in my power to overcome and correct them. Lord, if this financial crisis is the result of my negligence or my irresponsible spending, I ask You to forgive me. Help us to formulate a plan of recovery, a plan to get from where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow. Send me people with wisdom and insight concerning this situation, that they might help me perceive and discern Your perfect plan for recovery. I ask You to help me identify the reason why we got into this crisis in the first place and to erect safeguards so that it will never happen again. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Your help, Your wisdom and Your instruction. Thank You that we are totally and completely out of this crisis. I receive it by faith and thank You that it is done, in Jesus’ name. Amen.                      
Question of the Week                                                                                       Why was a burial place so                                  important in the Bible?                                                                                             In Genesis 49:29-32, we read Jacob’s instructions about his burial place: “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah—the field and the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.” Obviously, Jacob was very concerned with his burial place, and he knew the exact history of the spot he had chosen. When Joseph was approaching death, he also gave instructions concerning his remains (Gen.50:25). One reason the burial place was so important to the patriarchs has to do with God’s promise of the land. God had promised that Abraham’s descendants would possess the land where he had been buried (Gen.12:1-3). Jacob knew that, if he was buried in Canaan, his tomb would forever remain within the Promised Land. A second important reason was that Jacob wanted to be buried with his family. In ancient times, it was considered an honor to be buried in a family plot. A third reason Jacob desired to be buried in the cave of Machpelah was that it was land he and his family owned. Jacob’s grandfather had purchased it from the Hittites. Though Jacob had been given land in Egypt to live in, he did not consider it his own. His home was in Canaan, the land where he had been born and raised and where he wished to be buried. A fourth reason for the patriarchs’ insistence on their burial place in Canaan was that they held on to the hope of a future kingdom. The patriarchs understood that their death was not the end of life. Instead, God had a future kingdom prepared, one where the Lord God will reign as King.