Prayers of both men and women in the Tanakh are addressed to God (Elohim – אלוהים), also known in Hebrew by the name YHWH (יהוה). These hallowed appellations are commonly translated into other languages as ‘the Lord.’ However, ‘the Lord’ is a less focused, or ‘sharp,’ expression than the terms God and YHWH. For example, Patriarch Abraham, the prophets Moses, Samuel and Elisha, as well as King Hezekiah, prayed to YHWH (Genesis 20:17-18; Numbers 11:2; 1Samuel 8:6; 2Kings 6:17; Isaiah 37:15), exactly as Hannah, Samuel’s mother did (1Samuel 1:10, 12). Other solicitations also referred to the God of heaven and earth (Genesis 24:3, 7; Nehemiah 1:4-6), and also the God of Israel (אלהי ישראל) )Isaiah 29:23; Psalm 106:48).
Prayers to the Concealed Father
In the four Gospels, the Lord Yeshua more than once prayed to His Father in heaven who, in fact, is the initial single source of everything (Matt 11:25-26; Mark 14:36; Luke 10:21). By doing that, the Son of God presented a clear prayer-model to all generations of Messiah’s disciples. Specifically, when the first disciples asked Him how they should pray,...
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