Introduction to Prayer

Posted October 15th, 2012 in Prayer and tagged , , , , , , , by Just para-DOX

This is a labor of love and a work in progress, that I have worked hard to compile from mostly traditional Jewish sources and some Messianic rssources while seeking to stay true to them as well as looking to Y’shua, the Gospels, Epistles and the Apostolic Constitutions to help bring a Messianic order using Y’shua Ha’Mashiach Prayer and the Pattern of the Tabernacle as a format that I have used for years and received many blessings from. I know that some things are in a different order than a traditional Jewish prayer books due to the fact that as Messianics Y’shua’s teachings takes pre-emince to any other in Messianic faith. We seek to be a people who honor our Judeo-Messianic and Hebraic-Jewish Roots as well as honor our Mashiach and High Priest, the Mamre of Adonai, after the order of Melki’tzedek. There is evidence that the Kaddish and Shehomeh Esrei [Amidah] was referred to by Y’shua and included in the Apostolic Constitutions, along with Adonai’s Y’shua Tefilah. I have also included the Ashrei Ha’Y’shua [The Beatitudes] in addition to the traditional selections from the Jewish Prayer Siddurs namely the ArtScroll Siddur’s [both Ashkenaz and Sefard] , and Siddur Sim Shalom, along with Avadot Lev and other sources. I have used Y’shua summary of the Amidah and the Tabernacle as a format for the Shemoneh Esrei and inclusion of the Ashrei Ha’Yeshua, along with including passages from the Brit Chadasha [The Renewed Covenant-Greek Scriptrues] as well as the Tanakh [The Hebrew Scriptures] referring to Mashiach Y’shua. You will find many things unique in this Prayer Siddur. It is Messianic the Hebrew term for Christian. It is geared toward practitioners of Messianic Judaism. Having said that don’t expect it to cater to Orthodoxy or Christianity but rather to the Messianic form of Judaism which seems to reconnect Christians with the Hebraic-Jewish Roots of Ancient Messianic faith as well as connect authentically with Jewish prayer while remaining true to Mashiach Y’shua. This is a rather unique task to adhere to and I pray that those who use this Siddur take time to read the intro and under the purpose and intent before they take offense at things that may seem at time in a different order or focused on Messianic overtones. Let’s take a man look at the concepts of prayer and the foundation of this prayer book, its application and how it comes together as a process.

“Whenever you stand praying,” [Mark 11:25].

Y’shua told His disciples to “Pray like this” when they are “stand praying” which is a clear reference to Jewish prayer pattern that was in development at that time known as the Amidah, which is called the “Standing Prayer.” This prayer is also know as the Shemoneh Esrei. Y’shua’s teaching on Tefillah [Prayer] to his Talmidim [Disciples] is based and rooted in the Amidah, the standing prayer, which existed at the time of Y’shua. The Amidah was created in the second temple period in what has been called middle Judaism between 300 BCE and 200 CE. The Council of Yavneh is not a time but a location and period of time. Between 70 AD from the destruction of the Second Temple until about approximately 136 AD, the Sanhedrin resided at Yavneh. Similar to the Jerusalem Council this was the Jewish Bet Din which made rulings regarding Halachah much like the Jerusalem Council and they both existed around the same time. The Council of Yavneh accepted a Nineteenth prayer to the Shemoneh Esrei, The Eighteen; because they felt that Rabbi Gamaliel II had the right to add this additional prayer against the Essene’s, Sadducee’s and the Sectarians. The early Yisrael were called the Netzerim [the Sect of the Nazerene] or early Messianic Yisrael in Y’shua who were both Jewish and Gentile, they went to Synagogue on Shabbat and meet together on the ever of the first day of the week, Saturday Evening, for Havdalah on what’s known as Motzai Shabbat. They also went to the temple at the hour of prayer and kept the other biblical festivals as a community of Yisrael. The Council of Yavneh and the formation of the Talmud, Mishnah and Gamorah were create to unite early Judaism as it would become Rabbinic Judaism in the face and as a response to the rise of Messianic Judaism among the early Yisrael, the Essene’s and Qum’ran. The need to preserve Jewish National identity was rising with the destruction of the temple and being run out of Jerusalem in 70 AD and out of all of Yisrael by 136 AD. This is the formative period in the creation of the early Messianic movement in which there was a period of synthesis between the formative Messianic Movement and post Second Temple Judaism.

“According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tent, and the pattern`…”[Exodus 25:9].

In scripture there are many patterns, for example, Adonai’s Prayer “in this manner” we should pray. Scripture also put great emphasis on “the pattern” of the Tabernacle. Adonai’s desire is to make is dwelling [to Tabernacle] among us. Y’shua Tabernacled ‘”dwelt” among us in the Mishkan of human “flesh,” joining us to the “nation of royal priests,” namely Yisrael and declaring our bodies Temples of the Ruach HaKodesh and promising to Tabernacle with us during the Messianic Kingdom, [Exodus 25:89; Hebrews 8:12; 10:1; 1 Chronicles 13:3; 2 Chronicles 2:4; John 1:14; Isaiah 40:5; John 2:19; 1 Corinthians 6:19’20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Exodus 25:8, 29:45; Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 31:1; Ezekiel 37:27; 1 Corinthians 3:16’17; John 14:23; Hebrews 9:24; 1 Chronicles 15:13; Numbers 1:50; I Chronicles 13:7’10]. Y’shua set the pattern of prayer in the Tefillah Y’shua or Tefillah ha’Talmidim {The Disciples Prayer} along with the Ashrei ha’Y’shua {The Beatitudes of Y’shua}. When you combine these four great prayer encounters, the Prayer of Y’shua, coupled with The Amidah that it was fashioned after, and the Ashrei haY’shua along with The Pattern of The Tabernacle and the Prayer of Jabez [1 Chronicles 4:9’10], you have a powerful format for personal renewal and prayer. Taking ancient scripture and praying it daily is an age old Jewish Tradition. This is a prayer pattern good for intercessors, Christians and Messianics on their journey to praying the full Siddur which can be a bit cumbersome. For some of us that come from Intercessory and Charismatic backgrounds we need a prayer pattern that allows us to intercede according to the Ruach while we learn the age old traditions of praying scriptural blessings and Psalms regularly.

“Adonai looks down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek Adonai,” [Psalms 14:2].

Adonai wants to hear your voice. He wants to see your face, as you seek His face. Prayer is a powerful and precious form of communication with Adonai. It is a tangible force that we exert through faith. Continually press into the Kingdom of Adonai and receive or obtain what you pray for in Y’shua name when we prayer the father, [Matt 9:18’26]. Win the battles against our souls on your knees, [Eph 6:1018; 2 Cor 10:4; Matt 16:1519; 18:18; 11:13]. We must believe Adonai answers your faintest cry, [Heb 1:6]. We must have faith in Adonai and His mighty power, [Romans 1:17]. And we must pray compassionately with intense Ruach filled prayer, [John 11:33’36; 12:27; Luke 19:41’44]. It is important to praise and worship and thank Adonai every time you talk to Him, He is Melech Ha’Olam [Ruler of the Universe], [Psalms 72:20; 100:2,4; 149:3; 150:4]. Sincere prayer is an extravagant heart felt praise to Adonai, this He longs to hear and see. There is power in praise, [Psalms 22:3]. Adonai reveals your sin in praise and brings healing, [Isaiah 6:18]. You heart will be changed if you praise Adonai in prayer and worship ifyou come to Him with the right Kavanah [Devotion], [1 Sam 10:5’15]. You can hear Adonai clearly and will receive direction when you pray and stop to listen, [Rev 19:10; 1 Sam 10:5’15]. Adonai will give you power to be a light and testify of His truth in a dark world and He will make it clear where you fit in the Kingdom of Adonai, namely in worship and adoration at His feet, [Isaiah 6:8; Eph 6:18; Romans 8:14].

“He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor.” Isa 59:16

Real men pray! Some say real men love Y’shua, others say real men wear black but unless you act upon the word of Adonai and stand in the gap for others you are not a real man according to Elohim’s definition. Notice that the scripture says. He saw there was NO MAN and WONDERED that there was NO INTERCESSOR. Are you and intercessor, will you be an intercessor? You duty as the man of the house is to be the Spiritual head and leader. You can not leave Spiritual things up to your wife; you must lead by example in leading your family in Prayer, in observing Shabbat and the Festivals of Adonai. You can say you love Y’shua however Peter one of the disciples that walked with Y’shua said in essence you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk. He said, “Faith without action is dead… [And] I will show you my faith through my deeds.” You must act upon the word and seek His face for your life, your job, your family and your future. It is an ancient tradition that a group of ten men [a minyan] will join each morning to pray. There must be a group of atleast ten men to start a prayer minyan.

“The Ruach Is Indeed Willing, But The Flesh Is Weak!” Mark 14:38

Jonathan Edwards said that “Prayer is the hardest yet most essential discipline for Yisrael and Jonathan Edwards spent some serious time in prayer daily. For most of his ministry Jonathan Edwards was either; praying, traveling, or preaching. You may not be able to be a missionary to another country but you can travel there on your knees and be a prayer missionary. The bible tells us to daily pick up our torture stake and follow, Y’shua. Picking up our torture stake daily means to literally sacrifice all our wants and give them to Y’shua and allow Him to take all the time of our day as we serve Him in our job or were ever else we may go. Sacrifice is praying when you do not feel like praying. Sacrifice is committing to something and being faithful to do it. You must determine that communion with Adonai is your soul desire, will, determination and life, [1 Thes 5:17; Eph 6:18]. Setting a time to daily prayer, or join in the three times of prayer isn’t an easy one. It is a choice you must make, dedicate a time and place for prayer.

“Far be it for me to sin against Adonai in ceasing to pray for you” 1 Sam 12:23

The bible says that it is a sin not to seek Adonai’s face through prayer. You must determine in your heart that you will unashamedly seek Adonai’s fullness. Do not settle for any less than giving Adonai your best. Don’t give Him a dilapidated cow that did not please Adonai in the Tanakh and it still will not please Adonai today. He wants your best not just some of. Give Him your all and do not take it back. “Desire that is worked into discipline becomes a delight.” Until you have truly fought for freedom you will not understand the joy that those Spiritual victories bring and complacency will dominate your Messianic walk. Sin will hinder your prayer make sure you confess all known sins to Adonai and He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness we have committed, [1 Sam 2:25; Lev 10:7; Isa 53:12; 2 Cor 1:20; 10:4:36; Gal 5:710; Eph 1:22’23; 4:20; 6:10’18; Phil 1:6; 4:6; Col 3:2; 1 Thes 4:3; Heb 2:59; 3:12’13; 4:14’16; 6:13; 12:14; 13:18; 1 John 3:69]. Invite the Ruach HaKodesh into your prayer time and ask Him to help you pray, [Romans 8:23’28]. Do not feel like you have to pray like this every time you pray but it will help you to pray longer and more fruitfully if you try some of these principles.

“Your word I have hide in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Praying the scriptural blessings is a powerful method of communicating with Adonai. For Centuries men and women have prayed scripture in devotion to Adonai. Rabbis, Priests, and Yisrael, have prayed the entire Psalms, all of them monthly and weekly; 21 Psalms a day. Through the years the rabbi’s and priests had developed a daily habit of praying and singing|or canting] Adonai’s Word back to Him. They took Adonai at His word when He said that He watches over His word to perform it and would actually pray the prophetic promises of scripture, pray the prayers of the bible and sing the psalms as prayers to Adonai. The early Messianic movement met in the Jewish synagogues at the time of prayer [Acts 3:1]. They followed the same pattern they prayed for centuries even as Y’shua did. Wouldn’t it be wise for us to follow their godly example? We would find a lot of discipline and devotion bringing forth Spiritual power in our lives if we would do likewise. They actually use the actual biblical text as the source of all their prayers. They pray the Bible as it is written, while also being able to launch out into spontaneous and personalized application of the biblical prayer. The original Psalms were prayers set in a context of musical arrangements and accompaniment that magnified the prayers as worship and devotion to Elohim. For centuries praying the bible has been the practice of ancient holy men and women. The pattern of the Moravian monestary was to pray through the entire book of Psalms weekly. This is something we can learn from.

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.” [Psalm 55:17].

The Psalmist David said that he would praise Adonai evening, morning, and noon. The Jewish people were very devout and followed his Elohimly example, as did the early Yisrael, the prayed three times a day. Daniel prayed three times a day after the pattern David set, [Daniel 6:10]. Even the Apostolic Constitution’s call for us to pray three times a day. It is an ancient Jewish Tradition going back to King David to pray three times a day. We are admonished in the Apostolic Constitutions and the Didache to pray the Tefillah Y’shua [abridged Amidah] three times a day as well as the Kaddish and Shemoneh Esrei. The early disciples meet at the Temple at the Hour of Prayer along with their Jewish brether. A synagoue from the third century dedicated by the grandsons of some of the Apostles was found in Jerusalem. There was a strong connection between the early Messianic community and middle Judaism, the period between|during Second Temple Judaism which preceded the birth of Rabbinic Judaism as a reaction to the rise of the early Messianic Jewish and Elohimfearing Proselytes. The strict disciplines of fasting on Monday’s and Wednesday’s were maintained along with all the festivals and they continued to meet in Synagogues and fellowship during Havdalah on Motzei Shabbat. The Apostles observed the Jewish customary times of prayer, [Matthew 15:36; Luke 18:10; Acts 2:15; 3:1; 10:3,9; 10:30; 16:25; 27:35]. Devout Yisrael who lived in Jerusalem went to the temple to pray, [Luke 18:10; Acts 3:1]. The pious Yisrael in the Diaspora opened their windows “toward Jerusalem” and prayed facing “toward” the place of Elohim’s presence, [I Kings 8:48; Daniel 6:10; Psalm 5:7]. The regular hours of prayer, as we may infer from Psalm 55:17 and Daniel 6:10, were three in number. The first hour of prayer coincided with the evening sacrifice, at the ninth hour [3:00 P.M.: Acts 3:1; 10:30]. The second coincided with the morning sacrifice, at the 3rd hour of the morning, at 9 A.M. therefore [Acts 2:15]. The third was at the 6th hour, or at Noon, and may have coincided with the thanksgiving for the chief meal of the day, a religious custom apparently universally observed [Matthew 15:36; Acts 27:35]. I like that the Psalmist said he began prayer in the evening, then morning and noon. I have always enjoyed walking and praying in the cool of the day with Adonai. I’m not so much of a morning person. The biblical day does begun after sunset and ends at sunset the next day. We should start our biblical days with prayer in the evening, then pray in the morning and noon upon waking from the mid’day rest that comes at night in the evening.

“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you hast shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father whom sees you in secret shall reward you openly.” [Matthew 6:6].

What is a prayer closet? Many don’t know that Y’shua was referring to the wrapping of the Tallet with its Tzitzit around you when you pray. The Talit with the Tzitzit [Tassels] is worn by the man [priest of the home] during early Morning Prayer. It’s symbolic of the Tents|Booths the dwelling of the Yisraelites during the wilderness travel. It’s a personal Tabernacle|Tent of Meeting. It is the “Prayer Closet” Y’shua referred, and the Tents of Meeting or “Prayer Closets” that Paul made by trade and the “Prayer Clothe” Peter blessed. A Tallit is a portable place of prayer and reminds the man of his duty as priest of the home. Elijah’s mantle wasn’t like a coat or business jacket, it was an earlier version of the modern Tallit with Tzitzit. He threw his “anointed” “prayer closet” on Elisha to pass on his mantle and declare his successor. The Tassels [Tzitzit] with blue intertwined with them are a reminder to obey Elohims’ commands, [Numbers 15:38’40; Deuteronomy 22: 12]. They are also a symbol of position and authority. For example when David cut of Saul’s the corner Tassels of it was symbolic of David taking Saul’s position and authority. It wasn’t David’s time or place yet Elohim had anointed him but the time hadn’t fully matured yet. David was in effect warning Saul. Saul recognized that David was right. In 1 Samuel 24:10 King Saul declares in response, “I know that you shall surely be king, that the Kingdom of Yisrael shall be established in your hand.” This is an acknowledgment that David was right in showing Saul’s authority was gone. The traditional biblical wedding includes coming under the Chuppah. The Chuppah is a large Talit symbolic of coming under the husbands covering. The Canopy of the Cloud by day and Fire but night was a symbol of Elohim’s covering of Yisrael and taking them as His bride once they accepted His Ketuvah [Contract] the Covenant and its blessings while He prepared the Promised Land for them and they prepared to enter the promised land. Much like when Boaz took Ruth under his Tassels as seen in Ruth 3:9. By spreading your tassels over someone it is symbolic of extending your protection and care of them. In much the same way Adonai in Revelation spread’s His tassels over his flock to redeem them as seen in Revelation 7:14’15. Likewise in the Brit Chadasha we can see the use of Tzitzit. In Matthew 9:20’21 an unclean woman with an issue of blood touched Y’shua’s tassels and was made clean. Also later in Matthew 14:3536 we see that people asked to touch his tassels to be healed. Paul who was a Talit maker by trade prayed over Talit’s and sent them to minister healing to the sick in his absence.

“Could You Not Tarry With Me for One Hour?” Matt 26:40

Praying and hour a day is a challenge. Apparently the Talmidim of Y’shua had a hard time staying up and praying with Y’shua after His training Siddur the night before the Paschal meal was to be eat, and before Y’shua was to be crucified at the same time that the Passover lamb was prepared and slaughtered for the evening Pesach meal as apart of the feast of unleavened bread. If the pressures of dying for the sins of the world or the buzz around the holy day of Pesach wasn’t enough Y’shua wanted some prayer partnerts to join with him but they were tired and not disciplined as much as Y’shua in taking time to pray. If you think praying and hour is difficult think of it like this if you break the hour up into twelve segments of five minute of prayer, then pray on a theme for the whole five minutes you will find that time flies. After a while you will find it easy to do. If you divide an hour in three segments and spent approximately twenty minute in each portion of prayer you will have spent and hour in prayer. I have broken down this outline into three part segments; Blessings of Praise, Blessings of Petition and Blessings of Gratitude; which correspond with the Outer Courts, Inner Courts and Holy of Holies respectively. In addition I have taken the Tefillah haY’shua taught to His Talmidim as well as incorporating a journey from through the Tabernacle as a template for contemplative prayer. I use this as an outline incorporating elements from the Amidah [Shemoneh Esrei], this includes taking you through each element of the Tabernacle, Adonai’s Supper according to the Didache, the Ashrei HaY’shua [The Beatitudes of Y’shua], as well as the Prayer of Jabez and is loosely and roughly based off Larry Lea’s book “Could You Not Tarry One Hour,” and on Dick Eastman’s’ “The Hour That Changes the World.” I have research many siddurim from Sephardic, Aschenazi, to Conservative, to Artscroll, to the Open Siddurim project, along with Messianic Jewish Siddurim. I have used many resources and tools to study research and compile this Siddur. I pray this journey through prayer that I have found blessing in can bless you on your own prayer journey. I have used Y’shua’s teaching on prayer and my personal prayer journey through the Tabernacle as a pattern for years. It has empowered my prayer life and taken me on many prayer journeys. I hope that this is as much a blessing and resource to you as it is to me.

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