Commentary

 

Learning to Pray      

By Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh

The Word is full of prayers to express our heartfelt states. They have a special power to open heaven and give us strength against evils and falsities.

"The Word in its literal sense, or the natural, is in it fullness, and also in its power; and by means of it man is in conjunction with the heavens" (The Word 15)

This power becomes effective when the Word is read or recited reverently by people on earth (Divine Providence 256, Apocalypse Explained 1066[4]).

Through prayers from the Word the Lord literally can "give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11).

Here are some examples from the Word, of prayers for personal strength:

"Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me,
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes." (Psalm 119:133-135)

"Lord, help me stop worrying anxiously about tomorrow, and give me strength to face the troubles of this day." (Adapted from Matthew 6:3-4)

"I am a little child O Lord, I do not know how to go out or come in.... Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil." (1 Kings 3:7, 9)

Of course, there are many more. Here are just a few more references that you can look up:

Prayers for troubled states: Psalm 4:1, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 42:1, Psalm 86:6-7.

Prayers for mercy and forgiveness: 2 Samuel 24:10, Psalm 25:7, 11, Psalm 130:1-5, Luke 18:13.

Prayers of personal commitment: Mark 12:30, Psalm 37:5.

Prayers of comfort: Psalm 90:1-2.

In so many instances, these prayers have great spiritual power and beauty - not just because of their natural language, but also because, when we read them, we open our minds to the Lord's influx. He says,

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)

When we pray, we are hearing His voice, and opening the door.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you, Lord, are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

The Bible

 

Revelation 3:20

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20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 217, 218, 219


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 8989

Apocalypse Revealed 154, 463

Divine Providence 33, 119, 233

Doctrine of Life 57

True Christian Religion 100, 285, 359, 371, 462, 720, 725


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 208, 226, 239, 248, 249, 250, 251, ...

Spiritual Experiences 6005

Marriage 100

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 11

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Bible Word Meanings

door
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knock
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hear
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open
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 Blessings: Come unto Me
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Faith in the Lord
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: The Word of God
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Memory Verse: A New Understanding
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: The Holy Supper
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Message to Each of the Seven Churches
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayer
Prayer is speech with God. Praying opens the door to the Lord in our lives and has the power to bring us closer to Him.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Prayers for Teens: The Holy Supper
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 The Earth Is the Lord’s
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 The Lord’s Gifts to the Seven Churches
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Messages to the Churches
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Messages to the Churches (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 The Messages to the Churches (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 The Messages to the Churches (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 The Messages to the Seven Churches
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 9 - 12

 Where Can We Find the Lord?
There was no room for the Lord in the inn so the Lord was born in a stable and laid in a manger. Fold a piece of paper in half and picture the Lord in a manger on one half. On the other half, show where we can find the Lord—in His Word. 
Project | Ages 4 - 14


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