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Enoch Blesses The Lord
We also learn about how righteous people prayed in ancient times:
1. Enoch began his intercession by lifting his hands and blessing the Lord.
2. He spoke in detail about the greatness and marvellous God he served.
3. He presented his petition after speaking about the greatness of God.
This is a pattern for us to follow in all eras of time. His pattern is remniscent of Jesus adjuring us to begin our prayers by extolling God:
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Book of Enoch Chapter 84
Enoch lifts his hands and blesses The Lord
1. And I lifted up my hands in righteousness and blessed the Holy and Great One, and spake with the breath of my mouth, and with the
tongue of flesh, which God has made for the children of the flesh of men, that they should speak therewith, and He gave them breath and a tongue and a mouth that they should speak therewith:
2. ‘Blessed be Thou, O Lord, King,
Great and mighty in Thy greatness,
Lord of the whole creation of the heaven,
King of kings and God of the whole world.
And Thy power and kingship and greatness abide for ever and ever,
And throughout all generations Thy dominion;
And all the heavens are Thy throne for ever,
And the whole earth Thy footstool for ever and ever.
3. For Thou hast made and Thou rulest all things,
And nothing is too hard for Thee,
Wisdom departs not from the place of Thy throne,
Nor turns away from Thy presence.
And Thou knowest and seest and hearest everything,
And there is nothing hidden from Thee [for Thou seest everything].
Enoch presents his petition for God to save his descendants from the flood.
5. And now, O God and Lord and Great King,
I implore and beseech Thee to fulfil my prayer,
To leave me a posterity on earth,
And not destroy all the flesh of man,
And make the earth without inhabitant,
So that there should be an eternal destruction.
And hide not Thy face from the prayer of Thy servant, O Lord.’