8Bit's ChurchDrop (source of many fine articles) have let the side down with this one.
This is pretty neat.
This iPhone app which recently launched lets people from around the world have their prayers heard in Jerusalem. The app, named jPray, allows the users to record a 45-second prayer, schedule the time of day they would like their pray to be played and is then broadcast via a sound system facing Jerusalem’s Old City walls.
Pretty neat, right?
No, not neat at all. Just another display of how some flavours of dispensationalism undermine basic Biblical truths.
Why would you want to have your prayers heard in Jerusalem? What good will that do you?
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.
Prayers to Jerusalem are in the wrong place. Far better to simply pray by means of Jesus straight to the throne of grace.
And, honestly, why get excited about an earthly Jerusalem?
Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Why is it that so much Christian “spirituality” ends up sidelining all the Jesus has already done for us?
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Wow. It’s hard to fathom how people come up with things like this. I just finished writing a paper on Hebrews 12:18-24, part of which you quote here. Could you imagine how the author of Hebrews would react to something like this!