Standing on the Mount
First century believers in Yeshua congregated in Solomon’s Colonnade (Acts 2:46). This roofed, semi-open cloister was directly east of the Temple. I stood nearby on my last trip to Israel and remembered something rare about this area.
One day, this cloister shook in response to the prayers of first century believers. The place was quivering – heaving as the sea, and as trees being shaken by wind. The marble columns were still standing then. But, they were vibrating that day. Suddenly, the believers were filled with the Set-Apart Spirit, and began to speak the word of Elohim with boldness (Acts 4:31).
This divine answer to prayer seems utterly wondrous to us. But, were their prayers so different from ours? It was not the words they prayed, but their actions. Those Hebrew believers made room for Him. Elijah once prayed for divine altar fire. In faith, He probably stepped back so he wouldn’t get burned. Hebrew believers knew that the Almighty was worthy of their prayers, and He would answer them.
Their kingdom prayers hinged on this: “Wait on YHVH, be strong and let Him strengthen your heart! Wait, I say, on YHVH” (Psalm 27:14). The Hebrew word for wait – qavah – is a primitive root whose spelling describes kingdom actions. Qavah is spelled Kuf Vav Hei.
Every Hebrew letter is associated with a number. Kuf has a value of 100, which signifies the completion of living matter. Hei has a value of 5 which signifies grace. Vav simply means “and.” Waiting, then, is a combination of Completion and Grace. The Almighty brings to completion our kingdom prayers, and grants us the grace to wait for Him.