Friday, November 27, 2015

Amidah - For Peace

The Amidah - called The Standing Prayer, was composed around 450 BCE, by the 120 Men of the Great Assembly, including Ezra and Nehemiah at the time of the rebuilding of the Temple. It was to be said while standing. Three (3) times a day at the hours of prayer: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and, 3:00 pm. 

FOR PEACE: Grant peace, welfare, blessing, grace, lovingkindness and mercy to us and to all Israel Your people. Bless us, Our Father, one and all, with the light of Your countenance; for by the light of Your countenance You have given us, Oh Lord our God, a Torah of life, lovingkindness and salvation, blessing, mercy, life and peace. May it please You to bless Your people Israel at all times and in every hour with Your peace. 


In the books of Acts we find Peter and John entering the Temple at the hour of the prayer referring to saying the Amidah.It is literally called the hour of the prayer in the literal translations. Here we have a man, who according the Scriptures was:

Acts 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was showed.

Do You realize that meant Yeshua probably walked past him a minimum of 100 times in the temple and never healed him! This happened after Yeshua died at around 33 years of age and this man who was only 7 years older than Yeshua had been lame from his birth.

Acts 3:1-2 Now Peter and John wet up together into the temple at the hour of the prayer, after being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

Every Jew would love to be standing during the standing prayer. So here, we have the Holy Spirit at the specific time of the Amidah strengthening this man's ankles!

Acts 3:6-9 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have - give I thee: In the name of Yeshua HaMashiach of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

God was waiting for all to be gathered in the Temple so at the very moment of the Amidah, while all Israel was praising God, to heal this man. And I wouldn't be surprised if it happened at the very moment the part of the prayer for healing was being said, that the man started whooping and hollering and giving God the glory!! Look at me! I'm standing during the Standing Prayer!!! God does heal!!! 

For 40 years he had heard or said this prayer, always wondering if it was true! Do You know this was the very prayer they were saying right before the Spirit fell at Pentecost! It was the 3rd hour, the time of the morning prayers! Remember this was written hundreds of years before Messiah, so go read again the section called the God of Nature and remember - Yeshua had also just risen from the dead!!

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