Counting the Omer A Prayer guide

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.

Week 1 - Geulah ("redemption")

Week 1 - Geulah ("redemption")

See our affliction, and fight our fight for us; redeem us quickly for the sake of Your name, for You are a mighty redeemer. Blessed are You, Adonai, who redeems Israel. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • April 11 Day 1: - Pray for God to supernaturally draw Jewish people to CBM to hear the message about Yeshua the Messiah's redemption of Israel, “But you will receive power when the Ruach ha-Kodesh has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and through all Judah, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8, TLV)
  • April 12 Day 2: - Pray for God to place Jewish people in the lives of families of CBM to hear the message about Yeshua the Messiah's redemption of Israel, “How then shall they call on the One in whom they have not trusted? And how shall they trust in the One they have not heard of? And how shall they hear without someone proclaiming? And how shall they proclaim unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news of good things!”” (Romans 10:14–15, TLV)
  • April 13 Day 3: - Pray for God to send waves of revival for the redemption of Jewish people in Houston by Messiah Yeshua, “When the Helper comes—whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about Me. And you also testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 15:26–27, TLV)
  • April 14 Day 4: - Pray for other messianic congregations in the USA to see a revival in the redemption of Jewish people through Messiah Yeshua.
  • April 15 Day 5: - Pray for other messianic congregations outside of the USA and Israel to see revival in the redemption of Jewish people through Messiah Yeshua.
  • April 16 Day 6: - Pray for messianic congregations in Israel to see a revival in the redemption of Israelis in the land.
  • April 17 Day 7: - Pray for the major Christian denominations to get a heart burden for the salvation and redemption of Israel, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1, TLV)
Week 2 - Kedushat ha-Shem ("the sanctification of the Name")

Week 2 - Kedushat ha-Shem ("the sanctification of the Name")

Blessed are You, Adonai, the holy God. Let us sanctify Your name on earth, as it is sanctified in the heavens on high, as written by your prophet, “They called out one to another: 'Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is filled with His glory.'" For all generations, we will tell of Your greatness and for all of eternity proclaim Your holiness. Your praise, our God, will never depart our mouths, for You are a sovereign God, great and holy. Blessed are You, Adonai, the holy God. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • April 18 Day 8: - Pray for a revelation of God's holiness for all the leaders at CBM and families, “And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:13, TLV)
  • April 19 Day 9: - Pray that our worship services at CBM would become holy ground moments, “‘Observe Yom Shabbat to keep it holy, as ADONAI your God commanded you.” (Deuteronomy 5:12, TLV)
  • April 20 Day 10: - Pray that husbands would sanctify God's Name in their homes, “Husbands, love your wives just as Messiah also loved His community and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word...In the same way, husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:25-26, 28)
  • April 21 Day 11: - Pray that wives would sanctify God's Name in their homes, “Likewise, wives, be submitted to your own husbands so that—even if some do not obey the message—by the wives’ conduct, without a word they may be won over as they observe your pure, reverent conduct. Don’t let your beauty be external—braiding the hair and wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes. Instead let it be in the hidden person of the heart, with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is the way the holy women, who put their hope in God, used to beautify themselves long ago—being submitted to their own husbands just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her daughters by doing what is good and not fearing intimidation.” (1 Peter 3:1–6, TLV)
  • April 22 Day 12: - Pray for students to sanctify God's Name in their lives, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, TLV)
  • April 23 Day 13: - Pray for families at CBM to choose God over the things of this world, “You adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4, TLV)
  • April 24 Day 14: - Take time today to worship the Lord in a spirit of holiness, “He chose us in the Messiah before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him in love.” (Ephesians 1:4, TLV)
Week 3 - Binah ("understanding")

Week 3 - Binah ("understanding")

You favor people with knowledge and teach mortals understanding. Favor us with Your knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Blessed are You, Adonai, who favors people with knowledge. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • April 25 Day 15: - Pray for Rabbi Vowell and Rabbi Lanning to have spiritual wisdom and discernment to lead Beth Messiah. “Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. I especially urge you to do this...” (Hebrews 13:18–19, TLV)
  • April 26 Day 16: - Pray today that the Holy Spirit would help you to make God's Word the basis for every decision in your life great or small.
  • April 27 Day 17: - Pray today according to Yeshua's words, “...If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” (John 8:31–32, TLV). Pray, "Yeshua help me to abide in Your word, make me your disciple. I want to know the truth, and be set free by Your truth!"
  • April 28 Day 18: - Pray today that God will increase your trust in His word as David said, “The words of ADONAI are pure words— like silver refined in an earthly crucible, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:7, TLV)
  • April 29 Day 19: - Pray today that God's Spirit would increase your faith through the words of Messiah Yeshua, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Messiah.” (Romans 10:17, TLV)
  • April 30 Day 20: - Pray today that the Holy Spirit would give Jewish people who don't know the Messiah Yeshua understanding that He is the Messiah of promise in the TaNaK, “Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them the things written about Himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:27, TLV)
  • May 1 Day 21: - Spend some time today meditating on God's Word to gain understanding “But his delight is in the Torah of ADONAI, and on His Torah he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2, TLV)
Week 4 - Teshuvah ("return", "repentance")

Week 4 - Teshuvah ("return", "repentance")

Bring us back to Your Torah, our Father, draw us near to Your service, our King, and turn us back, in perfect repentance before You. Blessed are You, Adonai, who takes pleasure in repentance. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • May 2 Day 22: - Take some time today and be transparent with God about sin in your life, “O God, You know my folly, nor are my trespasses hidden from You.” (Psalm 69:6, TLV)
  • May 3 Day 23: - Take some time today to express to God an honest acknowledgement of how sin in your life has damaged you, your family, and friends: “One who covers up his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13, TLV)
  • May 4 Day 24: - Take some time today to meditate on the six deadly sins and confessing to God where you are guilty of doing one or more of them, “Six things ADONAI hates, yes, seven are abominations to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run to evil, a false witness who spouts lies, and one who stirs up strife among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16–19, TLV)
  • May 5 Day 25: - Today pray that all of Israel would repent and turn back to God's Torah, “The Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of ADONAI Eloheinu by walking in His Torah that He set before us through His servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your Torah and has turned away—not obeying Your voice. ‘Therefore the curse and sworn judgment written in the Torah of Moses the servant of God has been poured out upon us, for we have sinned against Him.” (Daniel 9:9–11, TLV)
  • May 6 Day 26: - Today pray that all of Israel would repent of unbelief and turn to Messiah Yeshua, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have zeal for God—but not based on knowledge. For being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit themselves to the righteousness of God. For Messiah is the goal of the Torah as a means to righteousness for everyone who keeps trusting.” (Romans 10:1–4, TLV)
  • May 7 Day 27: - Pray today for God to show you anyone you need to personally go and repent for an offense, “Therefore if you are presenting your offering upon the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” (Matthew 5:23–24, TLV)
  • May 8 Day 28: - Pray today and ask God if there is any sin you need to repent of to those who are your leaders (Chavurah leaders, ministry leaders or rabbis), “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as ones who must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no benefit to you. Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things." (Hebrews 13:17–18, TLV)
Week 5 - Selichah ("forgiveness")

Week 5 - Selichah ("forgiveness")

Forgive us, our Father, for we have sinned. Pardon us, our King, for we have transgressed, for You forgive and pardon. Blessed are You, Adonai, who is gracious and quick to forgive. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • May 9 Day 29: - Pray today for God to warm your heart with His guarantee that Messiah Yeshua has given you full and complete forgiveness,“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous one his thoughts, let him return to ADONAI, so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7, TLV)
  • May 10 Day 30: - Take some time today to thank God that Yeshua's death and resurrection assures you of the forgiveness of your sins, “And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins.” (Matthew 26:27–28, TLV)
  • May 11 Day 31: - Meditate on Luke 15:11-32 and imagine what it must have felt like to be so warmly, lovingly, and respectfully received back by the Father. Take time to thank God for His warm, loving, respectful response to you.
  • May 12 Day 32: - If there are any feelings in your conscious or thoughts in your mind that sound like or feel like, "I am not good enough. I have not done enough. I feel inadequate." Confess this over those thoughts, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves—it is the gift of God. It is not based on deeds, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship—created in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand so we might walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10, TLV)
  • May 13 Day 33: - Ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse your conscious and cause you to feel His life giving power, “So let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and body washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22, TLV)
Day 33 is Lag Ba’Omer: the 33rd day of the omer period; on this day the mourning practices that characterize the omer period are lifted..
  • May 14 Day 34: - Today confess this passage over any person in your life who repeatedly says they are sorry but continues to repeat the same sin against you. Ask God for strength to keep forgiving, “Keep yourselves alert! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times a day, and seven times returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17:3–4, TLV)
  • May 15 Day 35: - Today decide to forgive others as you have been forgiven through Yeshua, “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your transgressions.” (Mark 11:25–26, TLV)
Week 6 - Refuah ("healing")

Week 6 - Refuah ("healing")

Heal us, Adonai, that we shall be healed. Save us that we shall be saved, for You are our praise. Bring complete healing to all of our wounds. May it find favor before You, my God and my ancestors’ God, that You speedily send complete healing from the heavens, spiritual healing and physical healing to ______________ who is sick, along with others who are sick among Israel and the nations. For You are our sovereign, steadfast, merciful healing God. Praised are You, Adonai, who heals the sick among His People Israel. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • May 16 Day 36: - Today pray for the physically ill at CBM and ask God to heal their physical infirmities, “Bless ADONAI, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: He forgives all your iniquity. He heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2–3, TLV)
  • May 17 Day 37: - Pray today that those who are emotionally afflicted would receive healing from the Lord, “But You, ADONAI, are a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cry out to ADONAI with my voice, and He answers me from His holy mountain. I lie down and sleep. I awake—for ADONAI sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people all around who have taken their stand against me.” (Psalm 3:4–7, TLV)
  • May 18 Day 38: - Pray today for God to deliver and heal those who are living under demonic oppression, “Then a demon-plagued man, who was blind and mute, was brought to Yeshua; and He healed him, so that he spoke and saw.” (Matthew 12:22, TLV)
  • May 19 Day 39: - Pray today for God to heal those who have been battling with a long-term disease or sickness, “Just then a woman, losing blood for twelve years, came from behind and touched the tzitzit of His garment. For she kept saying to herself, “If only I touch His garment, I will be healed.” But then Yeshua turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has made you well.” That very hour the woman was healed.” (Matthew 9:20–22, TLV)
  • May 20 Day 40: - Pray today for those who doubt that God still heals today, “He said...I am ADONAI who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26, TLV)
  • May 21 Day 41: - Pray today for God to restore the gift of healing to Beth Messiah and other messianic congregations, “For to one is given through the Ruach...gifts of healings by the one Ruach,” (1 Corinthians 12:8–9, TLV)
  • May 22 Day 42: - Pray that your family, friends and other loved ones would have a year of great health, “Loved ones, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” (3 John 2, TLV)
Week 7 - Birkat HaShanim ("blessing for a prosperous year")

Week 7 - Birkat HaShanim ("blessing for a prosperous year")

Bless this year for us along with all its various produce for goodness, Adonai our God, and grant blessing upon the surface of the earth, and satisfy us with its goodness, and bless our year like the best of years. Blessed are You, Adonai, who blesses our years. - Traditional Jewish Prayer
  • May 23 Day 43: - Pray that this year God would bless husbands and fathers at CBM who are in the workforce, “So be glad, children of Zion, and rejoice in ADONAI, your God. For He gives you the early rain for prosperity, Yes, He will bring down rain for you, the early and latter rain as before.” (Joel 2:23, TLV)
  • May 24 Day 44: - Pray that this year God would bless wives and mothers at CBM who are in the workforce, “So be glad, children of Zion, and rejoice in ADONAI, your God. For He gives you the early rain for prosperity, Yes, He will bring down rain for you, the early and latter rain as before.” (Joel 2:23, TLV)
  • May 25 Day 45: - Pray this year that God would bless college students with good jobs as they enter into the workforce, “So be glad, children of Zion, and rejoice in ADONAI, your God. For He gives you the early rain for prosperity, Yes, He will bring down rain for you, the early and latter rain as before.” (Joel 2:23, TLV)
  • May 26 Day 46: - Spend some time thanking God today for all the blessings you have already received from His hand. Thank Him for how He has already done more than you ever imagined and thank Him in advance for His future blessing of abundance, “Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us,” (Ephesians 3:20, TLV)
  • May 27 Day 47: - Pray for Beth Messiah to experience God's abundance this year, “Jabez called out to the God of Israel, saying, “If only You would greatly bless me, and enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I might not suffer pain.” ADONAI granted what he asked.” (1 Chronicles 4:10, TLV)
  • May 28 Day 48: - Pray today and thank God for the privilege of tithing, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Then there will be food in My House. Now test Me in this”—says ADONAI-Tzva’ot—“if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out blessing for you, until no one is without enough.” (Malachi 3:10, TLV)
  • May 29 Day 49: - Today make Proverbs 3:9-10 your prayer and confession before God, “ I want to Honor ADONAI with my wealth and with the first of my entire harvest. And I know that when I do this my barns will be filled with plenty, my vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9–10, TLV)
Some people read Psalm 67 on the last day of the omer, because its seven verses and forty-nine words match the seven weeks and forty-nine days of the omer period. Concluding the omer with this psalm is a way to remind us that redemption is not complete without the Word of God. Others give an amount to charity (tzedakah) corresponding to the count. For example, someone might give one dollar the first day, two dollars the next, up to forty-nine dollars.

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