We count the Omer from the night of April 11, 2017 till the night of May 29. Following are the two primary Bible passages that determine when the counting of the omer begins.
From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15–16)
You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. (Deuteronomy 16:9)
The count begins on the second night of Passover - evening of April 11, 2017 - and is performed each evening, which on the Jewish calendar marks the start of a new day. The person counting recites the following prayer:
"Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, commanding us to count the omer." Then the daily count is announced: “Today is the first (or tenth, or thirty-eighth) day of the omer.”
As followers of Yeshua who understand the “counting of the omer,” to be part of our spiritual service to the Lord we should be counting on God with anticipation, knowing that each passing day brings us closer to the fulfillment of His promises, closer to Shavuot. We should be counting on God purposefully, asking Him to keep us faithful to those things He asks us to do—and we should count on God humbly, asking for the grace and strength to walk worthy of our calling as part of the community of redeemed people.
This prayer guide is simply that, a guide. At the start of each week you are introduced to a traditional Jewish prayer from the Amidah that emphasizes the theme of the week. Each day of the counting of the Omer there is a suggested, purposeful direction for prayer with a Scripture passage to confess, pray or stand upon. It is that simple. Each morning announce the blessing for the Omer (see above), focus in prayer and then spend time praying and looking forward to the festival of Shavuot.