The 21st and the next to last letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is Shin ש which has a numeric value of 300. One implied meaning of Shin comes from both the original pictograph and from its use in the acrostic section of Psalm 119. These hint at things that fill or multiply. The classic Hebrew script resembles a crown with three points.
Shin ש Prayer Focus: Fruit Multiplies!
God’s pattern of creation and His promise to mankind includes, “Be fruitful and multiply.” As we consider what to focus on in prayer today, what did Jesus say about multiplying?
John 15:16 (NET)
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
What does that fruit look like? Jesus told us that too. At Today.Church, our vision is based on the two simple commands Jesus said were the greatest in the Kingdom and His last command – or the Great Commission.
Love God. Love people. Make disciples.
Obedience to these three commands should fill our lives with more and more of the fruit of Christ-likeness. Sometimes we make it complicated, but these three categories are actually pretty simple.
Love God = Our whole-hearted worship reflected in all areas of our lives.
Love people = Our intentional care and compassion for others.
Make disciples = Our naturally supernatural growth in obedience to Jesus’ teachings and example.
The Kingdom Jesus proclaimed isn’t just a pie in the sky. The abundant life He promised is here and now and multiplies. Love grows and multiplies as we follow Jesus.
Shin is also the first letter of the word for Sabbath! Jesus fulfills what that rest really means. Our fruitfulness isn’t something we take credit for or achieve by our own strength. It’s God’s love working through us as we stay connected to Jesus.
John 15:4 (NLT)
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Today let’s pray for fruit that multiplies in every area of our lives!
Here are some scriptures to meditate on as we pray together:
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Genesis 17:6 | Deuteronomy 7:13 | John 15:8 |
Philippians 1:9-11 | Romans 12:2 | Colossians 1:10
Section ש of Psalm 119
Psalms 119:161-168 (NET) שׂ/שׁ (Sin/Shin)
161 Rulers pursue me for no reason,
yet I am more afraid of disobeying your instructions.
162 I rejoice in your instructions,
like one who finds much plunder.
163 I hate and despise deceit;
I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
because of your just regulations.
165 Those who love your law are completely secure;
nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for your deliverance, O LORD,
and I obey your commands.
167 I keep your rules;
I love them greatly.
168 I keep your precepts and rules,
for you are aware of everything I do.