Written by Angelique Watkins

I, Angelique am reminded fromrepparttar The Acts of The Apostles Third Chapter, that Peter and John, went up, together, intorepparttar 126985 temple, atrepparttar 126986 hour of prayer, asking look on us, inrepparttar 126987 name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Now I am sharing from what I received fromrepparttar 126988 World Prayer Mailing List:

Dear World Prayer Team Member,

The World Prayer Center is calling all Christians worldwide to a Worldwide Day of Prayer on Monday, March 3, 2003.

Ted Haggard, President of The World Prayer Team, says his office has been flooded with messages from people all overrepparttar 126989 world saying that God is impressing upon them to prepare to pray on 03-03-03. "These believers do not know one another, nor are they connected to one another. They do not know thatrepparttar 126990 others are sayingrepparttar 126991 same thing. Clearly,repparttar 126992 Holy Spirit is speaking to His church, and He is calling His people to pray," says Haggard.

"As these reports began to come in, we sensed in our hearts that God wants us to promote a huge outpouring of prayer on this special date. Many believe there is significance to this date because of its numerical sequence (03-03-03) which reminds many Christians ofrepparttar 126993 Trinity. Moreover,repparttar 126994 Holy Spirit has highlighted Jeremiah 33:3 (again, three 3's) as our call to action, 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,'" says Haggard.

The magnitude of this date is not lost onrepparttar 126995 non-Christian world as well. The Global Consciousness movement (New Age) has for years been planning a worldwide "Largest ever experiment into global consciousness" to take place on 03-03-03. Their effort is slated to begin at 3:33am (Figi local time), onrepparttar 126996 3rd day ofrepparttar 126997 3rd month ofrepparttar 126998 3rd millennium. It has gained widespread notoriety in New Age circles.

Should this not be enough to cause Christians to pray,repparttar 126999 significance of 03-03-03 becomes even more pressing as America could launch a war with Iraq at about that very hour, against a leader, Saddam Hussein, who has only recently embraced Islam as a way of gaining support fromrepparttar 127000 Islamic world. Such was notrepparttar 127001 case withrepparttar 127002 first Gulf War. According torepparttar 127003 Islamic calendar, March 3, 2003 isrepparttar 127004 eve ofrepparttar 127005 Islamic New Year (Islamic year 1424 begins March 4, 2003). It is alsorepparttar 127006 last day ofrepparttar 127007 Hajj,repparttar 127008 annual pilgrimage to Mecca, when pilgrims are encouraged to make a sacrifice (The Festival of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha). The key verse inrepparttar 127009 Qu' Ran about this festival to take place this year on March 3, 2003 is, "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life or my death, are all of Allah." This date therefore holds great significance torepparttar 127010 Islamic world.

An Account of Jesus' Temptation

Written by Scot Aaron

This account will penetrate various spiritual dimensions of Jesus' temptation inrepparttar wilderness of Judea. Experiencerepparttar 126984 purity of Jerusalem's temple,repparttar 126985 greed of moneychangers,repparttar 126986 lustful opulence of kings and rulers,repparttar 126987 brutality of war,repparttar 126988 humility of servants,repparttar 126989 subtlety of Satan's ploys, and ultimately Jesus' triumph. Then, reflect upon today's immorality and materialism! ____________________________

An Account of Jesus' Temptation

In this article I will recreate a known experience fromrepparttar 126990 life of Jesus,repparttar 126991 temptation inrepparttar 126992 wilderness. According torepparttar 126993 Bible inrepparttar 126994 Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus' temptation was said to occur after Johnrepparttar 126995 Baptist baptized Jesus. From here Jesus went alone intorepparttar 126996 wilderness for what was claimed to be a forty-day fast. The devil was said to tempt Jesus here. By tellingrepparttar 126997 story in my own words, I hope to clarify spiritual depths withinrepparttar 126998 experience.

Jesus walked up torepparttar 126999 river wherein John was baptizing fellow Jews. When a willing soul is submerged, flowing water brought a purifying effect. The entire body felt cleansed, inside and out; or so this was what John taught. The experience confirmedrepparttar 127000 reality of scriptures referring to ďliving water.Ē It was as if Johnís hand wasrepparttar 127001 hand of God that could lift every burden fromrepparttar 127002 soul. Evenrepparttar 127003 men would shed tears after their baptism. The warmth ofrepparttar 127004 sun, smells from nearby fires, hushed reverence, andrepparttar 127005 taste ofrepparttar 127006 river water onrepparttar 127007 lips were memorable experiences, well worthrepparttar 127008 journey to see Johnrepparttar 127009 Baptist.

When Jesus partook ofrepparttar 127010 experience, an immediate bond formed with John. As eyes met, they clearly recognized their responsibilities. They were alive to glorify God. With this, Jesus experiencedrepparttar 127011 living water. When underwater Jesusí presence seemed to extend throughoutrepparttar 127012 river. More than connecting torepparttar 127013 source within every stream, water discovered its true solace within tides of every sea. It seemed as if Jesus recognizedrepparttar 127014 struggle of every effort, lifted as beads of water evaporating to form billowing clouds that fertilized life within every raindrop.

As Jesus rose fromrepparttar 127015 water, his eyes released tears. Some people clearly recognizedrepparttar 127016 sacredness ofrepparttar 127017 occasion. The atmosphere became alive. The glory of Godís Creation shone. Every aspect of life was precious, yet others easily found diversion and distractions. How many never experiencedrepparttar 127018 precious moment or too easily forgot its worth? John was so well known that people came just because of his name. Then there were a few that hid conspiratorial thoughts. Others sought to take advantage of easy targets. Who was focused onrepparttar 127019 attractive women coming fresh out fromrepparttar 127020 water? How many were there to catch John at improprieties? Jesus could pinpointrepparttar 127021 ones spying on John, waiting to report any improper remarks against Jewish or Roman authority.

Rather than being disturbed byrepparttar 127022 many people around or questions asked by his friends, Jesus left forrepparttar 127023 wilderness. Here he could completely commune with God and know more of what would be expected of him. He needed to understand -- withinrepparttar 127024 depths of his soul -- how to best serve God. Ever since a boy he knew that he had something very special to do for God. Atrepparttar 127025 age of twelve he feltrepparttar 127026 weight and responsibilities of High Priests inrepparttar 127027 temple. It was within those consecrated walls ofrepparttar 127028 temple that all sins were atoned for. The sacred name and words of God seemed clear, as if he was meant to interpret them. Yes, he would fillrepparttar 127029 Scriptures with life.

Jesus would remain in solitude until God clearly revealed his will -- regardless of how long it took. Going without food or water heightened his spiritual awareness. When he was one with himself and one with God, he would feel and knowrepparttar 127030 intent within all scripture. Here he could commune with living prophets, prophets as alive as John baptizing inrepparttar 127031 river, or prophets risen to heaven and alive with God like Enoch or Elijah.

The longer he thought,repparttar 127032 more he concentrated onrepparttar 127033 temple. Here he could experience a direct connection withrepparttar 127034 unblemished lamb brought for a sacrifice. This creature was so soft and fragile. Innocence and purity were within its eyes. For a momentrepparttar 127035 lamb would almost smile fromrepparttar 127036 attention of being treated extra special. A presence of royalty filledrepparttar 127037 atmosphere, as if everything was perfect. Then suddenly a firm grip clutchedrepparttar 127038 neck. Fear overtookrepparttar 127039 small body in time to stare intorepparttar 127040 sharp knife ready to sacrificerepparttar 127041 lambís life. Rather than end there, an amazing change swept throughrepparttar 127042 entire temple. Blood was poured onrepparttar 127043 altar. Sacred flames consumedrepparttar 127044 body in a brilliant blaze. The smell of incense mingled with lamb meat. Scripture flowed fromrepparttar 127045 mouth ofrepparttar 127046 priest. The presence of God filledrepparttar 127047 temple, drifting torepparttar 127048 pinnacle whererepparttar 127049 true power of God met aspirations within every heart.

God felt close, as if Jesus could reach out and touch his Father in Heaven. In this moment Heaven was upon earth. Everybody whom Jesus recognized going in and out ofrepparttar 127050 temple seemed like his own blood, like brothers and sisters he missed yet hadnít seen for years. He feltrepparttar 127051 tears of this homecoming. Each tear was a precious treasure. Here Godís glory filledrepparttar 127052 hearts of everyone around, consummating each thought withinrepparttar 127053 blaze of Godís perfection. People gladly gave all ofrepparttar 127054 money that they had forrepparttar 127055 purity of this experience. Godís love was real.

Then a dark mist seeped alongrepparttar 127056 ground and intorepparttar 127057 floors ofrepparttar 127058 temple. As Jesus recognized greed and deceit withinrepparttar 127059 hearts of priests working inrepparttar 127060 temple, shadows consumedrepparttar 127061 altar. Loud screams came fromrepparttar 127062 courtyard where moneychangers lied aboutrepparttar 127063 value and exchange rates of different currencies. The glow fromrepparttar 127064 temple seemed swallowed up. Chants of murder were heard. Within this darknessrepparttar 127065 value of human life became worthless, to be pawned atrepparttar 127066 whims of rulers. Here, a fierce knot tightened in Jesusí stomach and for an extended moment he feltrepparttar 127067 pain of real hunger.

Desire and longing propelled Jesus high aboverepparttar 127068 evening lights of Jerusalem. He could peer inrepparttar 127069 luxuriant houses ofrepparttar 127070 wealthy, orrepparttar 127071 opulent lives lived by kings. Being surrounded by so much physical pleasure evokedrepparttar 127072 scent of gorgeous women, dressed inrepparttar 127073 finest silks that revealedrepparttar 127074 smoothest curves of seemingly perfect bodies created by God. The smell of perfumes upon soft flesh filled his heart with an intense need to touch and hold such sweetness. These virgins were reserved especially forrepparttar 127075 king. Then suddenly Jesus noticedrepparttar 127076 innocence and purity of a simple servant girl. Seeking Godís confirmation of such an exquisite being, Jesus lifted his eyes towards God.

How could such priceless humility exist? Here was a girl whose only care was to serve her master. Though her parentís servitude kept her from being one ofrepparttar 127077 kingís wives, she served her master with undying devotion. From this view Jesus saw howrepparttar 127078 love, honesty, and complete fidelity of this servant girl becamerepparttar 127079 true motivation that inspiredrepparttar 127080 king to perform any righteous action. It was here that Jesus recognizedrepparttar 127081 goodness in ordinary people who slaved their entire lives to provide a meager sustenance for their families. Mothers and fathers who loved God tried to do everything right as they labored to provide some opportunity for their children. Then children neglected their own ambitions to work and care for sick parents. Jesus realizedrepparttar 127082 light of God within so many good, honest people. Then as if in a flash of thunder, entire families were ravaged, left dead inrepparttar 127083 wiles of war.

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