The Genizah Amidah

 

This document contains the most ancient form of the Amidah Prayer. It is from this version that the present day Amidah evolved. When the user recites this prayer, they may insert personal praises, petitions, and thanksgivings at the appropriate places. The Shema should always proceed this prayer at the time of Morning and Evening Prayer and the Alenu and the Kaddish should always follow it. In cases of emergency, the Lord’s Prayer (instituted by Yeshua) may replace the Amidah. In cases or dire emergency, that prayer may even be used without the Shema, the Alenu, or the Kaddish provided that it is not the traditional time for the recital of the Morning or Evening Prayer.

 

Opening Meditation

Adonai, open my lips that my mouth may declare your praise.

 

Blessings of Praise

#1 – Ancestors/Fathers

Blessed are you, Adonai, our God and our ancestors’ God, Abraham’s God, Isaac’s God, Jacob’s God, great, mighty, and revered God, supreme God, master of heaven and earth, our protector and our ancestors’ protector, our security in each and every generation. Blessed are you, Adonai, Abraham’s protector.

 

[Personal Praise: For those in the past who have been faithful to the kingdom of God – especially those who are no longer alive. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "Our Father…" since his immediate appeal was to the Father of all.]

 

#2 – God’s Power

You are mighty, you humble the proud, you are strong, you judge the wicked, and you live forever; you support the dead, cause the wind to blow and bring down the dew, and sustain life giving life to the dead; in the blink of an eye you bring salvation. Blessed are you, Adonai, who gives life to the dead.

[Personal Praise: For God’s power and might – especially his ability to deliver us from the grave. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…who art in heaven…" because Heaven is the ultimate source of God’s power.]

#3 – Sanctification of God’s Name

Holy are you, and your name is revered; there is no god other than you. Blessed are you, Adonai, the holy God.

[Personal Praise: For the holiness of God. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…hallowed by thy name…".]

 

Blessings of Petition

#4 – Knowledge

Favor us, with your knowledge, our Father; and with your Torah’s understanding and wisdom. Blessed are you, Adonai, who favors people with knowledge.

[Personal Petition: For personal and specific knowledge from the Torah related to issues that we are personally encountering. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. …" A prayer for knowledge is essentially a prayer for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth.]

#5 – Repentance

Bring us back to you, Adonai, that we shall return. Renew our days as of old. Blessed are you, Adonai, who takes pleasure in repentance.

[Personal Petition: Confession of specific sins.]

#6 – Forgiveness

Forgive us, our Father, for we have sinned before you; wipe out and remove our transgressions from before your eyes, for great is your mercy. Blessed are you, Adonai, who is quick to forgive.

[Personal Petition: Forgiveness for the sins confessed above. The thoughts expressed in #5 and #6 are combined in the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us…" ]

#7 – Deliverance

See our affliction and fight our fight; redeem us for the sake of your name. Blessed are you, Adonai, who redeems Israel.

[Personal Petition: . For personal deliverance of any kind, but especially related to God’s kingdom work. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…Lead us not into temptation…" This is an expression requesting the leading of God in our daily lives.]

#8 – Healing

Heal us, Adonai, from the pains of our heart, and remove sorrow and complaint from among us. Bring healing to our wounds. Blessed are you, Adonai, who heals the sick among his people Israel.

[Personal Petition: For personal healing of self and others including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…but deliver us from evil…"]

#9 – Years

Bless this year for us for goodness through its produce, Adonai our God, and quickly bring the year near that ends our exile. Grant dew and rain on the surface of the ground, and eternal abundance from the stores of your goodness, and grant blessing through the work of our hands. Blessed are you, Adonai, who blesses our years.

[Personal Petition: For our earthly needs. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…Give us this day, our daily bread…"]

#10 – Gathering of Exiles

Sound a great shofar for our freedom, and lift up a banner for the gathering of our exiles. Blessed are you, Adonai, who gathers the dispersed among his people Israel.

[Personal Petition: For "gathering" of all kinds, including the ingathering of family members and loved ones into the kingdom through salvation. ]

#11 – Justice

Restore our judges as in the days of old, and our counselors as in the former times, and reign over us, you alone. Blessed are you, Adonai, who loves justice.

[Personal Petition: The thoughts expressed in #10 and #11 are combined in the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…For thine is the Kingdom…" The duel concepts of ingathering and justice are kingdom-related concepts.]

#12 – Heretics

May there be no hope for apostates, and may you quickly uproot the insolent reign in our day, and may the heretics instantly perish. May they be erased from the book of life, and may they not be written with the righteous. Blessed are you, Adonai, who humbles the insolent.

[Personal Petition: Against specific opponents of the kingdom. This may not be an appeal against personal enemies.]

#13 – The Righteous

Show compassion to righteous converts, and give us a good reward with those who do your will. Blessed are you, Adonai, who is the trust of the righteous.

[Personal Petition: For compassion on the righteous. The thoughts expressed in #12 and #13 are combined in the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…and the power…" It is God’s power that ultimately defeats the heretics and upholds the righteous.]

#14 – Jerusalem and David

Have mercy, Adonai our God, in your great mercy, on Israel your people, and on Jerusalem your city, and on Zion where your presence dwells, and on your palace and on your habitation and on your righteous servant David’s Kingdom. Blessed are you, Adonai, David’s God, who builds Jerusalem.

[Personal Petition: For mercy on specific people or on a specific congregation. This thought was expressed as part of the prayer structure outlined by Yeshua when he said, "…and the glory…" Both Jerusalem and David reflect the greatest glory of the kingdom of Israel.]

#15 – Prayer

Adonai, our God, hear the voice of our prayers and have mercy on us, for you are the God who is gracious and merciful. Blessed are you, Adonai, who hears prayer.

 

 

Blessings of Thanksgiving

#16 – Sacrificial Service

Find favor; Adonai our God, and dwell in Zion that you may be served by your servants in Jerusalem. Blessed are you, Adonai, whom we will serve with awe.

#17 – Grateful Acknowledgement

We gratefully acknowledge you – You are Adonai our God and our ancestors’ God – for all the goodness, the kindness, and the mercy that you have shown and done for us and for our ancestors before us, and if we say our step has faltered, your kindness will support us. Blessed are you, whom it is good to gratefully acknowledge.

#18 – The Priestly Blessing

Grant your peace on Israel your people and on your city and on your heritage, and bless all of us as one. Blessed are you, Adonai, who brings peace.

 

 

Closing Meditation

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be favorable before you, Adonai, my rock and my redeemer.