This BiteSizedTruth Series will feed your understanding and if you have ears to hear, feed your spirit as it relates not only to the Wall but on what it speaks to us about the Art of Prayer, Praise and Worship!
Pick up facts and knowledge but also consider this series prayerfully and ask the Lord God for Revelation Wisdom to be added to your head knowledge.
The Western Wall is a wall that is now the site of dedicated prayer and Worship to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Holy One of Israel, The Most High God!
Acts 16:25 25 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;26 suddenly there was a great earthquake, so [powerful] that the very foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
In the amplified bible we read the emphasis on the word only one to stress the exclusivity of the Lord Jesus Christ as spiritual heavenly mediator between God & men.’
1 Tim 2:5 For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Although we are encouraged to pray for one another as living Christians, the concept of asking dead saints, dead relatives or any invisible, spiritual entities to pray for us crosses over an important line which is the exclusive right earned by the man Jesus Christ, the God-man who became flesh and actually earned the right to be the mediator, the high heavenly priest, the go-between that intercedes for His bride, also an exclusive relationship.
Philippians 2:8-9 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth
PRAYER into the spirit world belongs only to God. Mediation in the spirit realm is not simply praying for one another but once the prayers are released into the spirit world we are believing that they can BE HEARD by someone who can act on those prayers and respond. Who else can hear the simultaneous prayers around the world of millions of living men and women besides God himself?
To hear prayer, Jesus had to be, has to be, can ONLY be divine in Nature, a inseparable member of what scripture calls the “'Godhead' - See Colossians 2:9” of the one true God.
No indication of scripture indicates that any deceased person could have to ability to monitor and hear prayers. This role belongs to God alone. The living can hear and pray with us because we can contact them, the dead we cannot easily find and contact and are in fact forbidden to seek such familiar spirits.
Again this role of receiving, mediating and deciding how to respond to prayers is exclusive to God revealed throughout scripture as Elohim, Father, Son (from His Word, Messenger of the Lord) and and Holy Spirit.
We must no more pray to a departed saint (departed from body, but alive in the spirit) than we should pray to an Angel. If God determines to send Angels, He will, but we pray to God, not Angels.
The difference between asking a living Christian brother to pray and asking a departed Christian brother, sister, or saint to pray is that one is present in the body, the other is absent from the body and now in the spirit realm present with Lord awaiting the resurrection of the body.
Finally, to seal the importance of this Christian doctrine, God the Father himself made the point emphatically at the transfiguration of Christ when Peter, James and John made the mistake ‘crossing the line’ between great the prophets Moses and Elijah and the one true mediator between God and Man which the Father sent, Jesus Christ. See Luke 9:32-36
Luk 9:32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
Luk 9:33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters– one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
Luk 9:34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
Luk 9:35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
Luk 9:36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.