Opening Prayers

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, compassionate God and Father, who is deservedly praised by your people, and rightfully glorified by your sons and daughters. Help us to praise You as You deserve, O Lord our great God; with songs to magnify and glorify You; to proclaim your Name, and declare who You are, and the great things You have done. Thank You that You are the great King who gives life to everything that exists!

It is fitting to praise You, great and holy God and King, ascribing to You strength and dominion, victory, greatness, and might, glory and honor, holiness and sovereignty. May You praised forever be praised in Heaven and on Earth! To You we offer blessing and thanksgiving from this time forth and forevermore. Blessed are You O Lord, the great King who is to be praised.

May His great Name be magnified and sanctified throughout the world which He created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire house of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, “Amayn.” May His great Name be blessed forever and through all ages. Blessed and lauded, glorified and extolled, lifted up and honored, exalted and praised be the Name of the Holy One, blessed be He, who is high above all the blessings and songs, praises and consolations, which are spoken in the world, and say, “Amayn.”

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, righteous and good Father of our Lord Yeshua our wonderful Messiah, draw us closer to yourself this Sabbath day! Deliver us from sin, from ignorance, from indifference, from coldness of heart, from wandering of mind. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom and truth. Enable us to worship You in Spirit and in truth! May everything that we say, sing and think about be pleasing to You! Build us up in our most holy faith!

Almighty God, from whom every good prayer comes, and who pours out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and supplication: deliver us, when we draw near to You, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and zealous affections we may worship You in spirit and in truth. Help us to pray in the Spirit. Cause us to pray and worship in the Name of Yeshua.

Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. May our hearts be enlightened that we make understand the hope that you have given us, what are the riches of the glory of the things you have for us. May we experience the surpassing greatness of Your power for us. Teach us Your righteousness, Your commandments, Your ways. Cause the Sun of Righteousness to rise on us, and drive away from our hearts all darkness.

Open our mouths that our lips might declare your praise! Help us to praise You, O mighty God, as you should be worshiped! Help us to enter Your magnificent gates with thanksgiving, and Your glorious courts with praise! Help us to worship and bow down in our hearts, to You, our Lord, Maker and God!

May our lips may praise You, our lives bless You, our meditations glorify You (Sarum Breviary).

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse our minds and purify our by the work of Your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name.

Final Prayers And Blessings

May the Lord (the only true God, the Eternal God who is the Source of life being, existence and reality) bless you (doing good things for you, bringing good things into your life and the life of those you love), and keep you (protect you, watch over you)!

May the Lord, the Creator, who was, who is and who is to come, make His face shine on you (like the face of the sun shines on the Earth, bringing warmth and heat and light, making life grow and flourish, making sight possible) and be gracious to you (adding His grace, His unmerited favor to your life, doing lots of good things to you that you really don’t deserve, but He does it anyway)!

May the Lord lift up His face on you (with recognition and with approval, like a good and generous man lifts up his face when he sees a beloved family member, or a dear friend that he is pleased with, and wants to do something nice for them) and give you shalom peace. May He restore wholeness, add well being and integrity to every aspect of your life, and supply you with everything that you need for life and godliness!

God, be gracious to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on the Earth, your salvation among all the nations (Psalm 67:1 2).

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord, my rock and My Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13)

May the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the Messianic Community and in Messiah Yeshua to all generations forever and ever! (Ephesians 3:20 21).

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds when they are joined to Messiah Yeshua (Philippians 4:7).

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen! (1 Timothy 1:17).

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Yeshua our Lord, equip you in everything to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom be the glory forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:20 21).

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Messiah Yeshua our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever! Amen. (Jude 1:24 25).

Now may our Lord Yeshua the Messiah Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16 17).

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my Good News and the preaching of Messiah Yeshua, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the Prophets, according to the commandment of the Eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Messiah Yeshua, be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 16:24 27).

Salvation belongs to the Lord; may Your blessing O Lord, be upon Your people! Lah Adonai ha Y’shua. Al am cha beer cha teh cha (Psalm 3:8).

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all of his troubles. P’day Elohim et Yisrael mee kol tzah ro tav (Psalm 25:22).

Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. Ho shee ah et am mee cha, oo vah raych et nah chah lah teh cha, oo r’aym v’nas aym ad ha oh lam (Psalm 28:9).

Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. O Lord God of armies, restore us; cause your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. T’cha yay nu oo v’sheem cha neek rah. Adonai Elohim Tz’va-ot hah shee vay nu hah ayr pah nay cha v’nee va shay ah (Psalm 80:18 19).

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the desires of our own hearts. We have broken many of Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. But we pray that You, O Lord, would have mercy upon us, who are sinful men and women. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are repentant, according to Your promises declared to mankind when they place their faith in Messiah Yeshua our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may from now on, live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Your holy name. (Book of Common Prayer)

O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we pray for all people everywhere, that You would make Your ways known to them, and Your salvation to all nations. More especially we pray for your holy community of Jews and Gentiles that it may be so guided and governed by and Your good Spirit that all who call themselves Christians and Messianic Jews, may be led into the way of truth, in the unity of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to Your fatherly goodness all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or financial condition, that it may please You to comfort and relieve them according to their various needs, giving them patience while they are suffering, and that a good result will come from all their afflictions. And this we pray for the sake of Messiah Yeshua (Book of Common Prayer).

Almighty God, You have given us grace at this time so that with one accord we make our prayer to You. You have promised that when two or three are gathered together in the name of Messiah, You will grant their requests; fulfill now O Lord, the desires of your servants, as may be best for us. Grant us in this world knowledge of Your Torah and Your truth, and in the world to come grant us life everlasting, because we have joined ourselves to Yeshua the Messiah.

O Lord our God, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to Yourself, so that our service to You may not be a burden but a delight. Give us a great love for You, that will sweeten our obedience. Let us not serve You with a spirit of bondage, as slaves, but with the cheerfulness and gladness of your beloved children, who delight in Your and rejoice in Your work. May you always be our highest good, our greatest joy, our life and song our salvation and our strength.

Gracious and Holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate on You, and a life to proclaim You; through the power of the Spirit of Messiah Yeshua our Lord (Benedict).

O Lord of all good things, from whom all good things come, help us to rejoice in You always. Help us to be anxious for nothing, but with prayer and thanksgiving make our requests known to You.

O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire You with our whole heart; that so desiring we may seek and find You; and so finding You may love You; and loving You, may hate those sins from which You have redeemed us (Anselm).

Our Father and King, Redeemer, Savior and Shield, may we know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly (Richard of Chichaster).

Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, who created us for Yourself, so that our hearts are restless, until they find rest in You: grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose so that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing Your will, and no weakness from doing it. O God of peace, who has taught us that in repentance and rest we will be saved, in quietness and confidence is our strength, quiet our souls before You so that we may be still and know that You are God. In Your life may we see life clearly, and in Your service find perfect freedom.

Lord, make me the instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love: for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life (Francis of Assisi).

May the offering of our prayers and praises rise as a pleasing aroma before You, through the atoning sacrifice of our eternal High Priest, who even now is interceding for us at Your right hand. Blessed are You, O Lord, who receives with love and favor the worship of Your people!

In every generation we will thank You and recount Your praise, for our lives which are in Your charge, for our souls which are in Your care, for Your miracles which are daily with us, for Your continual wonders and favors, for reconciliation that we have with You through the blood of Yeshua, and for the gift of eternal life that we have because we are joined to Him. Blessed are you, O Lord, the One to whom it is fitting to give thanks!

Grant abundant peace to Israel Your people, and to the Congregation of Messiah, Your inheritance. May it please You to bless us with peace at all times and all hours. Blessed are You, O Lord, who blesses Your people with peace.

As the sons of Aaron blessed our ancestors in the courts of the sanctuary, so may the eternal priest according to the order of Melchizedek bless us from the sanctuary on high, saying: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His face on you and give you peace.”

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About the Author:

Rabbi Loren Jacobs is the senior rabbi and founder of “Congregation Shema Yisrael” (which means “Hear O Israel”). Congregation Shema Yisrael is a Messianic synagogue which was started in 1986 when Rabbi Loren and his wife Martha moved to Michigan to proclaim the Good News about the Messiah to the Jewish people living in the metro Detroit area.

Rabbi Loren was raised in a Jewish home in the Chicago area, and became a Messianic Jew in 1975. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute’s Jewish Studies program in 1979 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College in New Jersey in 1986. His wife Martha is a fifth generation Messianic Jew, which is quite unusual. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.