I am launching a new weekly edition of this blog as we launch into the new year at North Life Baptist Church with the theme “Continuing in Prayer for 2019.” Please check back every Tuesday of this year for the next devotional.
Genesis 4:26 “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”
Only after the birth of Adam’s grandson Enos, do we have the first record in the Bible of a public meeting for worship and prayer. There were now two growing families serving the Lord—those of Adam and Seth. It appears that they were moved to meet together for praise and prayer. This was when “men began to call on the name of the Lord.”
Without any Scripture, tabernacle, or temple, what moved them to launch this first prayer meeting in human history?
They knew the God of their creation. (Ge. 2:7)
As Paul reminded the philosophers in Athens, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring” (Ac. 17:28). While we are all created by God, we are not in the same way as our first parents, Adam and Eve, who firsthand experienced God create them.
We also know the God has created us by giving us a father and mother. That same God that made us is the one that sustains us with “daily bread” for which we should be praying. In light of God’s creation, let us accept the Psalmist’s invitation, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Ps. 95:6).
They knew the God of their salvation. (Ge. 3:21)
All God’s dealings with people as sinners can be traced back to this act of disobedience by Adam and Eve. God is a saving God, however, and the fact that He clothed … Adam and Eve testifies to that. An animal was sacrificed to provide garments of skin, and later all Israel’s animal sacrifices would be part of God’s provision to remedy the curse—a life for a life. The sinner shall die! (Ez. 18:20; Ro. 6:23) Yet he will live if he places his faith in the Lord, who has provided a Substitute. The skin with which God clothed Adam and Eve perpetually reminded them of God’s provision. Similarly, in the fullness of time God accepted the sacrifice of Christ, and the basis of that atonement, He clothes believers in righteousness.
Believers in Jesus know who saved them and are persuaded that He is able to “keep us from falling” (Jude 24). We therefore continue to pray for grace from the Lord that we would be enabled to live lives that are pleasing to him and are a blessing to ourselves and others. This often appears foolish or a “crutch” to unbelievers, but it is life from above for those who know Jesus as their Savior.
They knew the God of their covenant. (Ge. 3:15)
Here is provided-just three chapters into the Bible-the first direct expression of God’s commitment to the gospel. The seed of the woman is a clear reference to the Messiah, the Lord Jesus (Ga. 3:16, 19; Re. 12:1–5), who came ‘to destroy the works of the devil’ (He. 2:14; 1 Jn. 3:8). This protevangelium (first mention of the gospel) prophesied that Christ would deliver a death-blow to Satan but in so doing would suffer death himself. God has made a covenant that is eternal in Jesus “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Re. 13:6).
God is a covenant God who formed promises for His people from eternity itself (Ep. 1:4), promises He will keep. “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (De. 7:9)
In strong contrast with this godless society referenced earlier in this chapter were the righteous. In the line from Seth there was faith. Seth himself was a provision from God, according to Eve’s statement of faith (Ge. 4:25). In the days of Enos, Seth’s son, men began to call on the name of the Lord (Yahweh).
Be distinct from this world by praying to the God who is our Creator, Savior, and Covenant.
In his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939, with Britain at war, King George VI movingly quoted lines from Minnie Haskins’s poem of 1908, “God Knows”: I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”
At the gate of this year, let us resolve to call upon the name of the Lord together with all who know the Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world (John 8:12).