The fourth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is ד (Dalet). It also has a numerical value of four. Yesterday we discovered that the imagery of the third letter Gimmel is running after Dalet representing a poor man. The shape of the Dalet symbolizes a bent-over needy person. There’s another interpretation of the pictograph for Dalet also. A door. More specifically a tent door. Ancient scholars believed this door represents our choice to open ourselves to hope, or to be alone and closed off.
ד Prayer Focus: Opening The Door
While considering the meaning of Dalet, consider these verses:
John 10:7 (NET)
So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep.
Luke 19:10 (NET)
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The symbolism of Dalet might seem familiar. Seeking the poor. A door with a choice to open or close. Sounds a lot like Jesus!
Today let’s focus not only on Jesus as the door but on our choice to open the door of our very lives to Him. There’s also a world full of people who have never even heard of Jesus!
Over 3 billion people. That’s right. More than 3 billion souls who have never heard of Jesus.
If we truly open our lives to Jesus then we will follow Him. He said to love God. Love people. Make disciples. The make disciples part should impart a sense of urgency – especially when so many haven’t even heard the Good News.
Revelation 3:20 (NET) Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.
Jesus is knocking at the door of our lives. Are we really opening that door if we don’t obey His commands? Pray today for laborers in the harvest. Pray that each of us will completely open the door to follow Jesus. He’s knocking!
Here are some scriptures to meditate on as we pray together: (mouse over or click the scripture references)
Isaiah 61:1 |John 10:9-10 | Luke 10:2 |
2 Thessalonians 3:1 | Hebrews 3:12-14, 10:19-25 | 2 Peter 1:10-11
ד Section of Psalm 119
Psalms 119:24-32 (NET)
25 I collapse in the dirt.
Revive me with your word!
26 I told you about my ways and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes!
27 Help me to understand what your precepts mean!
Then I can meditate on your marvelous teachings.
28 I collapse from grief.
Sustain me by your word!
29 Remove me from the path of deceit!
Graciously give me your law!
30 I choose the path of faithfulness;
I am committed to your regulations.
31 I hold fast to your rules.
O LORD, do not let me be ashamed!
32 I run along the path of your commands,
for you enable me to do so.