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Psalm 17:15 – To See Your Face

“But my prayer, in righteousness, is to see your face; on waking, may I be satisfied with a vision of you.”

The Hebrew word for ‘prayer’ is tefillah and has the root word for ‘executing judgment’ or ‘thinking.’ In Hebrew there are other words used for prayer that mean ‘digging,’ supplication,’ or even ‘conversing with God.’

The Hebrew word for ‘righteousness’ is tzadik and means ‘blameless or innocent.’

The Hebrew word for ‘see’ is raah and means ‘see, so as to learn to know, understand.’

The Hebrew word for ‘panim’ is panim and means ‘face, faces of man’ or seeing ‘face to face’ as with meeting God. Face in Hebrew is a plural word because of the many expressions of a ‘face:’ anger, adoration, jealousy, humility.

The Hebrew word for ‘wake’ is quts and means ‘to arise, to be awake, to watch.’

The Hebrew word for ‘satisfied’ is saba and means ‘to be filled to abundance.’

The Hebrew word for ‘vision’ is chazon and means ‘divine communication, revelation, oracle.’

“But my thoughts and supplication, blamelessness and innocent, is to know and understand you face to face; on arising, may I overflow in abundance with a revelation of you.”

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Prayer – Hebrew: Tefillah

The most important tefillah is the Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-6. Tefillah is found 67 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Tefillah in Hebrew means  ‘prayer from the heart.’  The root of tefillah is palal and has its foundation in the prayer of Pinchas (Phineas) and means ‘to judge’ (Numbers 25).   Pinchas was a Levitical high priest who stood against idolatry and ‘judged’ a Midianite woman and Israelite man whose marriage had brought a plague upon the Israelites.  This suggests that tefillah is the ‘judging of oneself before a holy God’ through self-examination.

Hebrew Word Pictures

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

פ Peh – A Mouth means ‘speak’ or ‘source.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘to urge forward.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for tefillah: speaking sign urging forward revelation.

There are several parts to Jewish prayers that have their foundation in the patriarchs, Avraham, Yitz’ak (Isaac), Ya’akov (Jacob) and Moshe. They include intercession as well as supplication.


The amidah, known as ‘The Standing Prayer’ acknowledges standing in the presence of the Creator with reverence and fear. This prayer has its foundation when Avraham stood before God discussing and questioning His plan for Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Avraham approached and said, “Will you actually sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” (Genesis 18:23)


The  sichah brings us into a personal, intimate, and quiet  conversation with Adonai, the loving and compassionate Father and Friend.  This prayer has its foundation in the prayer of Yitz’ak for his wife’s barrenness.

“Yitz’chak prayed to Adonai on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. Adonai heeded his prayer, and Rivkah became pregnant” (Genesis 25:21).


The pegiah confronts God and appeals to his mercy and compassion toward our broken and fallen state. This prayer has its foundation in Ya’akov’s prayer in Genesis 32. He was afraid to meet his brother, Esau, and he prays to God.

“Then Ya‘akov said, “God of my father Avraham and God of my father Yitz’chak, Adonai, who told me, ‘Return to your country and your kinsmen, and I will do you good’:  I’m not worthy of all the love and faithfulness you have shown your servant, since I crossed the Yarden with only my staff. But now I have become two camps. Please! Rescue me from my brother ‘Esav! I’m afraid of him, afraid he’ll come and attack me, without regard for mothers or children. You said, ‘I will certainly do you good and make your descendants as numerous as the grains of sand by the sea, which are so many they can’t be counted‘” (Genesis 32:9-12).


The chinam, meaning ‘free,’ reminds us that prayer is a generous gift and anything we receive from the Father is freely given to us, we don’t deserve it. The foundation of this prayer comes from Moshe praying to God to allow him to enter the Promised Land. According to the numerical value for the title of the Torah portion, Va’Eschanan, it has been suggested Moshe pleaded 515 times. Even as the most humble man on earth at the time, Moshe’s request was not granted.

““Then I pleaded with Adonai …” (Deuteronomy 3:23) .

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Higher Ways Than Yours

I find myself questioning the purpose of things that have happened in my life and in the lives of those I love.   I always pray and seek God’s will, but it just seems as though the purpose is so concealed, so hidden.  I believe I have heard people say they wonder if their prayers go higher than the ceiling.  Yes, I have thought the same thing lately.

This is especially true when there is someone needing salvation from their dark and destructive lifestyle.  I’m not always led to pray for everyone, but every now and then, a ‘someone’ is put in my path and then in my heart so that I cannot not keep praying for their soul.  Most of the time, there is no evidence of any change in their life or sometimes it seems as if the issues become worse. The Lord reminded me of the verse in Zechariah:

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

I stared at the words and realized that I wanted something, some evidence of fruit from my prayers. Yet, that is not how God works.

He then reminds me of His words to Isaiah:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

These words always bring my lofty thoughts back down to earth where I actually live and breathe. I realize that I sound like a little field mouse telling the big lion what to do.    God works in ways that I don’t.  I may want someone’s  eyes opened today to the goodness of Yeshua, but maybe tomorrow, next week or next year would be the better time.  I’m impatient.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without water the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

The Word, when I speak it, write it, and share it will accomplish what God wills it to accomplish, not what I think it should accomplish.  It will not return to Him empty.   Until He’s ready to open my eyes,  I can only continue to pray or go where He sends me.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me” (Isaiah 6:7-9).

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