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A New Prayer Strategy

Many believers have a certain way to do their daily prayer and Bible reading. As “creatures of habit” we may have favorite reads in the morning. Recently, we discovered a new twist on Bible reading and prayer that REALLY CALMS OUR HEARTS! And, with all the crazy things happening in our world today, we desperately needed more calming and peaceful times. How about you?

The Story of Visiting Heaven

When we saw a TV program about the “30 Day Glory Transformation” we had found a new way to pray and study the Word![1] The program highlighted the amazing insights from this new type of devotional. The program featured a Messianic Rabbi Felix Halpern from the Metro New York/ New Jersey area at Metro Jewish Resources. He started by telling of his miraculous visit to heaven. It came in “the twinkle of an eye” when his heart suddenly stopped beating. What happened next was a miracle of going to Heaven and bringing back messages from the Lord. His book describes the things he learned from being in heaven, learning about spiritual warfare, understanding the role of the soul, and much more.[2] In this blog, we concentrate on the new method of Bible reading and prayer he received from the Lord.

A New Way to Read and Pray

In the day after Rabbi Halpern returned from Heaven, the Lord gave him a new project. The Lord directed him to concentrate on Psalms and Ezekiel for the next eight months! Ezekiel helped him understand his “call to the Jewish people.” But it was the Psalms that “spoke directly to his soul.” It was sixty-one of the 150 that became a “Handbook for the soul” for him. And he developed a daily method of reading certain Psalms that he called, “30 Days in His Glory.” By concentrating on the verses of Psalms that highlight God’s glory he “enlarged God” in his life. And these Psalms clarify the “relationship between soul and spirit.”

So, we have been trying this new method for the last two weeks and have seen a strong improvement in our calmness and hope for the future. By concentrating on God’s glory, majesty, and power of our God, we reduced our worry about the world’s condition.

Sound interesting?

Here is a summary of the steps to try this method. (We strongly suggest getting the Halpern book. It has more details than this abbreviated description of the method).

Step 1: Vow that you will try to concentrate on the attributes of God and NOT just your needs. And pay attention to minimizing your requests for personal help for you or others—staying away from “I centered” prayers.

Step 2. Commit to trying this method for 30 days if possible. We pray that you may see effects by 3 days or so. Journal about your progress if you wish.

Step 3. Make copies from your Bible for the recommended Psalms (or, put markers in your Bible). Concentrate on the verses that speak of the Glory, majesty, power, and other attributes of God. See the suggested, partial list below. (The Halpern book has a much larger list of Psalms with the special verses marked and copies of the Psalms in the book).

Step 4: To warm-up, read aloud Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3:16-20 (especially in the Passion Translation if possible).

Psalms Recommended by Halpern[3] (only certain ones)

Psalms 9, 18, 19. 24, 33, 45, 48, 65, 68, 84, 90, 96,103,104,111, 135, 145,147

Step 5: BEGIN THE NEW METHOD

A Supplement that May be Helpful

After the third day I started the Halpern method, I sensed that I could supplement the Psalms with the powerful part of the book of Romans. Chapter 8 is well known for being a masterpiece by Paul. Romans 8 has powerful statements that put the focus on God and Jesus’ gifts to all Christians. It is a great reminder that God has given us amazing ways to encourage us. Try reading your favorite part of Romans 8 if you have time!

Cheers and Blessings

Pastor G. Harold

[1] The TV show is “It’s Supernatural” by Sid Roth; www.sidroth.org, You searched for Felix Halpern – Sid Roth – It’s Supernatural! | sidroth.org.

[2] Book available at Sid Roth website, “A Rabbi’s Journey to Heaven.”

[3] You will have to find the parts of these Psalms that emphasize the attributes of God. Again, the book has a much better listing.