1. 15 Minute Video of a Jew teaching Christians how Jews Pray their Morning Prayers. Jews start each morning prayer with thanksgiving.

    What are the very first words you speak in the morning, and how quickly do your words turn towards God? Gidon shows us the words that form “the kernel of the foundation” of his day.

    Bob’s Application: Have you ever heard a story about someone who prays in their sleep and wakes up praying? That’s pretty rare. But this is an easier question: after you awaken, what is your first thought and your first word, and is your first word a prayer? In Christian circles we consider most of these questions as being in the personal or private category. When is the last time somebody asked you this question? What I find uplifting, and yet challenging is the idea that Jews have discussed it at length, and have a come up with a common, taught method for how a day should begin well. And here is the good news – their first words fits nicely with what many of us have also been taught – that there is no better way to enter the gates of the Lord’s presence than with thanksgiving.

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  2. 15 Minute Video of a Jew teaching Christians how Jews Pray their Morning Prayers. Explains Jewish prayer in step-by-step fashion.

    Jewish prayer consists of Praise, Requests and Thanksgiving and the morning prayer takes about 45 minutes to pray. Gidon explains that this morning prayer is like a journey to climb a mountain. In this lesson Gidon introduces us to the various sections that comprise the morning prayer and tells us what happens at the peak of the mountain.

    Bob’s Application: I am struck by two references to Jewish community in this lesson. The first is the fact that the entire Jewish community uses the same prayers. In Christianity we do have the well known and very respected Book of Common prayer, but the idea that all Christians would not only have in their possession the same prayer book AND come together to pray from this book is something hard to imagine. How God has preserved the Jews that they could pray in unison the exact same prayers even today!! As Christians, what we do have that our Jewish friends do not is a strong focus on extemporaneous prayers. While they can be wonderfully appropriate and beautiful, they are certainly harder to pray well. Thank God for all the times that the Sprit that helps us find the right words. But there is something beautiful I see in the single set of prayers prayed within the Jewish community, which have been standardized since about 840CE when the first Jewish Prayer books were actually written, copied by hand, and distributed widely.

    When I think of the Christian community praying together in unison, I think of the Lord’s Prayer. It is certainly our single most commonly prayed prayer. It remains special and meaningful to me, even fresh and alive still after all these many years of praying it. It is so very short, but like Jewish prayer it has a structure and flow to it. And did you notice what Gidon said about the Jewish prayers at the “peak of the mountain” the 18 Blessings of Amidah? He said they pray them as ‘we prayers’. So the peak of the Jewish journey is a transition to a shared peak – just like the Lord’s Prayer transitions to an ‘us prayer’ half way thru. This week when we pray the Lord’s Prayer, maybe we should try to remember that Jews are praying in community too! And if we wanted to go even farther still, we could enlarge our view for what comprises the 'us' and 'we' in the Lord's Prayer to include Jews in these words as we pray them…

    ....Give US this day our daily bread, and forgive US our trespasses, as WE forgive those who trespass against US, and lead US not into temptation but deliver US from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and power and the glory forever! Amen.

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  3. 15 Minute Video of a Jew teaching Christians how Jews Pray their Morning Prayers. Explains Jewish Prayer Books. Answers when, why and how often do Jews pray each day.

    What is the foundational scripture that commands Jews to pray? You may be very surprised! How often do Jews pray each day, and where did this idea come from in scripture? What do the prayer books look like, and why are there two of them? Enjoy part 1 of this introduction, as you take your very first first step in understanding Jewish Prayer!

    Bob's Application. Hi there! I'm Bob O'Dell, the Christian co-founder of Root Source. I volunteer my time for Root Source because I believe that we as Christians have a tremendous amount we can learn from these Jewish teachers and Rabbis. And for sure, one of the best parts of this job is getting to hear these lessons before they get posted, and to think how they apply to me as a typical Christian. I shared some of these applications with one of our Christian focus group members and she said 'Why don't you write these things down?" I told Gidon and he said "go for it". So I'll try to add a few of my personal notes after some of the various lessons. Hopefully a few of them might seed some thoughts for you, and I hope you will add your own ideas to mine to make them better still! Spoiler Alert -- You might want to stop reading NOW and come back to this AFTER you watch the lesson.

    Without a doubt, the thing that blows my mind on this lesson is to observe an entire culture built around regular prayer. I've seen (and participated) in Christian houses of prayer, 24 hour prayer, 40 days prayer, and I've known Christian prayer warriors and intercessors whose regimin of prayer far surpasses anything I can really comprehend, let alone imitate. Yes, I pray most mornings, and yes I pray for well over 2 minutes a day, which I hear is the average for Christians! But do I do what Gidon does praying 45 minutes EVERY morning -- that's every day of the week, every day of the month, every day of the year. What would Christianity be like if the #1 most important and first thing in my heart and every other Christian man on the earth, was to get up and pray scriptures for 45 minutes? I think it is pretty amazing really. But if you think I'm mainly amazed at their time spent praying, you have missed my heart -- what's amazing to me is not that Gidon and all Jewish men pray 45 minutes every morning, but that Gidon and Jewish men LIKE DOING IT so much, and that Gidon says he can help enrich our Christian faith by sharing what they pray! And the other question I keep asking myself is how could any man on earth, let alone any Jewish man, not be greatly helped, even transformed by praying that much scripture day after day like that!?

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