The obligation to recite the Shema and how to pray to Elohim

shemaThe Shema is an affirmation and a declaration of faith in one God (Devarim (Deu) 6:4). Even Yeshua (Jesus) said that the Shema was the first greatest commandment (mitzvah):

          “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:29-30)(KJV)

There is an obligation for Jews and Messianic Nazarene Jews to recite the Shema, Devarim(Deu) 6:7 in the morning, in the Shabbat and holidays, an at bedtime, and at various other times.

The second line of the Shema (Not in the Torah): (Barukh shem kvod malkhuto l’olam va-ed) originated in the ancient Temple service, when the people in the Temple respond “Blessed is the name of His Glorious Majesty forever and ever” when the priest recited the first verse of the Shema.

Paul express the Shema in 1 Corinthians 8:6 :
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Yeshua ha Mashiaj by whom are all things, and we by him.” (KJV)

By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim, and keep His commandments“.(1 Yohanan 5:2)


This is the most important commandment as stated by Yeshua:

           “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates. Devarim(Deu)6:4-9

So when we recite the Shema we recite:(Transliteration)

Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad
(Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One)
Barukh shem kvod malkhuto l’olam va-ed
(Blessed is the name of His Glorious Majesty forever and ever)

Then we read   Devarim (Deu) 6:4-9.   We do this twice a day, in the morning and at night!

Hear this example from


Praying is talking with the Creator of the Universe, the one and only. Sometimes it feel like is a one way street, we talk and ask, but there is not answer. In reality it’s a two way street, He hears and our life change according to the effort each of us put in complyed with His commandments and have a life that pleases Him.   THAT IS THE KEY!.

How do we know what He wants from is?

It is easy read Joshua 1:7-8, then read all His Commandments. See:

          Yehoshua (Jos) 1:7-8 “Only be strong and very courageous, to guard to do according to all the Torah which Mosheh My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it right or left, so that you act wisely wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Torah depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you guard to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and act wisely”.



               Phillipians 4:6-7 “Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah Yeshua“.

              Matitiyaho (Mat) 26:41 ““Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.”

                Yacob (Jas) 4:2You desire, and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and are unable to obtain. You strive and fight, and you do not possess, because you do not ask (pray)”.

               Tehillim (Psa) 55:18He has redeemed my life in peace From the battle against me, For there were many against me”.

              1 Yohanan 5:14-15 “And this is the boldness that we have in Him, that if we ask whatever according to His desire, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him“.

Prayer brings to all of us:

1.A Stop worring worring atitude: bring “our requests be made known to Elohim”.
2.Since our flesh is weak in front of so many inmoral stimuli, “Watch and pray” help us continue in the right path.
3.Many times we “desire (things), and do not have… because we do not ask (pray to Him)”
4.After praying “Elohim “redeemed our lifes in peace
5.“We know that He hears us, whatever we ask” because we do “according to Elohim’s desire



          Daniel 6:10-11 “And Daniel, when he knew that the writing was signed, went home and in his upper room with his windows open toward Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) he knelt down on his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his Elohim, as he had done before. Then these men tumultuously gathered and found Daniel praying and entreating before his Elohim”.

       1 Melakhim (King) 8:47-50 “and they shall turn back unto their heart in the land where they have been taken captive, and shall turn, and make supplication to You in the land of those who took them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and acted crookedly, we have committed wrong, and they shall turn back to You with all their heart and with all their being in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and shall pray to You toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the House which I have built for Your Name, then shall You hear in the heavens Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You? And give them compassion before those who took them captive, and they shall have compassion on them”.

        Tehillim (Psa) 5:7 “But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple“.

            Tehillim (Psa) 138:2I bow myself toward Your set-apart Hek_al, And give thanks to Your Name For Your kindness and for Your truth; For You have made great Your Word, Your Name, above all”.

Well we can clearly see how to pray:

  1. We Look toward Jerusalem (get a compass if need it)
  2. If feeling like it,  bow ourselves to The Creator of the Universe.
  3. Then we say: “We have sinned and acted crookedly, we have committed wrong against you YHWH, against your mitzvot”
  4. Then, we should prayed, make our requests known to Elohim and gave thanks before our Elohim
  5. And then , if we are Nazarenes, we say: “In the name of Yeshua (Yohanan (Joh) 14:13), the Messiah of Israel,  we pray”



Jewish prayers has fixed words, words we say every time, that helps us to find the Holy. Look for a Siddur, a book of prayers, and do then at the beggining. After we are familiar with it, it will be easier to open ourselves to our own particular way of pray.

You can also say the Yeshua’s prayer:

          Matitiyahu (Mat )6:9-13 “This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart,  let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into trial,1 but deliver us from the wicked one – because Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amĕn.ʼ .

Finally remember:

When we are before your Elohim make your prayer private and sometimes silent:

        Matitiyahu (Mat) 6:6  “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. And your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly”

and  we do not need to do a long and suffering prayer:

(Ecc) 5:2Do not be hasty with your mouth, and let not your heart hurry to bring forth a word before Elohim. For Elohim is in the heavens, and you on earth, therefore let your words be few.


Little children sometimes make easy, porwerfull prayers, lets imitate them.

Blessing to all, and happy and peaceful prayer time with  YHWH our Elohim

Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques © 2016

1 thought on “The obligation to recite the Shema and how to pray to Elohim

  1. God is a parent, and much more, will give to His children who asked. All who asked, believing, will receive for the Lord causes the rain to fall on both the good and the evil.


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