All About... Prayer
Welcome to our prayer forum!
On this page, you will find ever-expanding information
about what should be a believer's most active area of faith... prayer!
You can also place prayer requests on our "Wall of Prayer" by clicking "Requests" above.
Here you will find a category for every kind of prayer... where you can post your own prayer requests and join others in praying over the requests of our fellow "Qahal-ed!"
"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Jas 5:16
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Messiah Yahusha for you. (1 Thes 5:16–18)
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Mat 7:7)
"I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me." (Pro 8:17)
What is Prayer?
It does not matter who you are, it begins here. If a person does not yet know that God is real, they may look up to heaven and shout, "I want to know if you are really there!" That is prayer. When a person first believes, it might be with words as simple as, "I believe, save me!" That is prayer. It is not the number of lofty words that a person speaks which will cause God to hear from heaven... it is in words that come from a genuine sincere heart... that He hears!
Prayer is nothing more than simply speaking to your Father in heaven... Yahuah. When Yahusha (Jesus) came He truly did something that is startling in Scripture. You see, in Greek, the word for "Father" is "Pater" and it was used in addressing the King and Creator of the Heavens, the Earth, all that is, or will ever be on a more personal level. However, while Yahusha did address God in this way... He went one step further which speaks volumes about the relationship He had with God, the Almighty One... and the relationship God desires with each one of us! You see He also called God "Abba, Father!" "Abba" comes from "Ab" in Hebrew which is the first word in the Hebrew language, with no other word coming before it. Even in the Hebrew language, "The Father" is first! "Abba" is a transliteration of the Hebrew "Abiy," meaning "My Father." In English, "Abba" is best translated as, "Dad or Daddy" which is how we say, "My Father." So, when does Yahusha (Jesus) call out to God as, "Abba, Father?" It is in a moment of extreme personal distress... He asks His Dad if there is any way He can avoid the crucifixion and the death He is about to suffer (Mk 14:36). The answer to this prayer was... "No." It is not that God does not answer prayers, it is that sometimes the answers are, "No," even when God can see your great pain and distress... and He wants to say, "Yes!" Our Father knows all things and the decisions He makes are based on this. He sees and understands the full impact of each prayer He answers, whether that answer is "Yes!" or "No." or "Not yet... keep praying." If this was true for the sinless incarnate Son of God who cried out... "Daddy... please... is there another way!" Then, how much more so for us? There was only one way and as terrible as it seemed (and was), it was the way which accomplished the best ultimate outcome... even for His Son! And here lies the confidence of every believer. We have a "Daddy" in heaven who loves us, hears us, and has made us many great promises. But, when it comes to prayer, and the decisions that God makes... there is one that stands apart from all others... "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Rom 8:28). And, just so you know, the context of this verse... is prayer! So, we take heart when He says "No." Even when it hurts deeply and we do not understand why. We still thank Him in humility and praise Him through our tears having the confidence that "all things" means "all things!" And, someday we will understand too and praise Him in great joy for the tears we endure for the moment.
First and foremost is our Father's desire to have a personal intimate loving relationship with each of His children... forever! And, by-the-way, God only does "forever!" It is who He is! Prayer is the beginning of "faith." Faith requires an action on our part... and the first action of those who first believe is to pray. In fact, it is often the first action of those who do not believe God is real... but, genuinely want to know. Above all else, God desires a sincere and honest heart. So, know this... there is no good thing a person cannot ask God for, and this includes both belief and faith! Do you lack belief? Ask! Do you lack faith? Ask! He loves to give good gifts! (Jas 1:17)
The Lord's Prayer, the Model, and His Name
"In this manner... pray: 'Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.'" (Mt 6:9-13; Lk 11:2-4)
The Living Word of God (Jesus) gave us this as a "model" of prayer. First and foremost, His "Name" is "Holy" (set apart) and His name is to be cherished above all things. His "name" is not "God" or "Lord." "God" is what He is, and "Lord" is a title of respect acknowledging His position. If you heard someone else address another person as "Man" or "Woman," would you say they had a close relationship? No? So also, if you heard someone else address another person as "Sir" or "Madam," would you say they had a close relationship? No? However, if you heard someone else address another person by their first name would you say they have a close relationship? Perhaps! When one person knows the "name" of another person, we know a closer relationship has likely been established! If it is true that we as people begin a relationship by learning the name of the other person... then why would we think it different for God? After all, nothing could be more clear in Scripture that "The Lord God" wants us to know His name.
In Scripture, His name appears over sixty-five hundred times and is spelled "YHVH" (Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey). The "YHV" of His name is attached to countless other names in Scripture from the "Aleph to the Tav" (Alpha to the Omega). The first is Abiyahu (Abijah) and that last is Tsidqiyahu (Zedekiah), but it also includes such names as... Eliyahu (Elijah)... Yashayahu (Isaiah) and Yirmayahu (Jeremiah). In every one of these names, the first three letters of God's name is always pronounced "Yahu" (Yah·whoo). Truly, the only question about how to correctly pronounce God's name is "What sound does the final "H" (Hey) make and/or does the final "H" (Hey) alter the pronunciation of the "YHV." The final "H" in Hebrew makes a short "U" sound in English. And, we have yet to find any example in the Hebrew language where a final "H" is added to any word or name and alters the way the first part of the word or name is pronounced. For us, the correct pronunciation of God's name is neither difficult nor complicated... it is "Yahuah" (Yah·whoo·ah). And if there is one thing that Scripture is clear on, it is this... God wants His "Name" declared! And if Yahusha (Jesus) is our example... Scripture is clear that He declared His Father's name.. "I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (Jn 17:26). This is "The Lord's Prayer" that followed "The Last Supper" before His death... and in our opinion, is the greatest prayer ever prayed!
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