WHO ARE EWE PRAYING TO?

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to stand [and] pray in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, in order that they may be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward in full! But whenever you pray, enter into your inner room and shut your door [and] pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. But [when you] pray, do not babble repetitiously like the pagans, for they think that because of their many words they will be heard. Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows {what you need} before you ask him. Therefore you pray in this way: Our Father who is in heaven, may your name be treated as holy. May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as [it is] in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Mattityahu/Matthew 6:5-13 (LEB) 

Making a public spectacle of our righteousness (in red) is nothing but putting on a show, so that others can see us. Receiving public acclaim from the onlookers is the reward for this action. Our prayers should be between us and the Father (in magenta) and are not for display. We are also not to ramble on (in blue) as many words do not impress Yah. Sincerity in our hearts and actions is what the eternal desires from us. The Most High and His Name are to be treated with the utmost respect (in green). The Almighty’s Kingdom and His Will are what Y’shua instructs us to seek, not just in Heaven but also here on the Earth … as the Earth is His footstool. This is addressed in Tehillim/Psalm 110:1. Providing us with our Physical necessities and forgiving us our debt/trespasses/faults/sins as we are also to forgive others who do those same things to us; not allowing us to fall to the temptations in life so that we have the strength to resist evil, mentally and physically. The Teacher’s above example is the road map for true dialog with the Architect/Planner of Creation.

יהושע said these words, and lifted up His eyes to the heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come. Esteem Your Son, so that Your Son also might esteem You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give everlasting life to all whom You have given Him. And this is everlasting life, that they should know You, the only true Elohim, and יהושע Messiah whom You have sent. I have esteemed You on the earth, having accomplished the work You have given Me that I should do. And now, esteem Me with Yourself, Father, with the esteem which I had with You before the world was. I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word. Now they have come to know that all You gave to Me, is from You. Because the Words which You gave to Me, I have given to them. And they have received them, and have truly known that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been esteemed in them. And I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Set-apart Father, guard them in Your Name which You have given Me, so that they might be one, as We are. When I was with them in the world, I was guarding them in Your Name which You have given Me, and I watched over them, and not one of them perished except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be filled. And now I come to You. And I speak these words in the world, so that they have My joy completed in them. I have given them Your Word, and the world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the wicked one. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Set them apart in Your truth – Your Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world. And for them I set Myself apart, so that they too might be set apart in truth. And I do not pray for these alone, but also for those believing in Me through their word, so that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, so that they too might be one in Us, so that the world might believe that You have sent Me. And the esteem which You gave Me I have given them, so that they might be one as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, so that they might be perfected into one, so that the world knows that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that those whom You have given Me, might be with Me where I am, so that they see My esteem which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, indeed the world did not know You, but I knew You, and these knew that You sent Me. And I have made Your Name known to them, and shall make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me might be in them, and I in them.” Yochanan/John 17:1-26 (ISR98)

Es`teem´
v. t. 1. To set a value on; to appreciate the worth of; to estimate; to value; to reckon.
[imp. & p. p. Esteemed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Esteeming.]
Then he forsook God, which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
– Deut. xxxii. 15.
Thou shouldst (gentle reader) esteem his censure and authority to be of the more weighty credence.
– Bp. Gardiner.
Famous men, – whose scientific attainments were esteemed hardly less than supernatural.
– Hawthorne.
2. To set a high value on; to prize; to regard with reverence, respect, or friendship.
Will he esteem thy riches?
– Job xxxvi. 19.
You talk kindlier: we esteem you for it.
– Tennyson.
v. i. 1. To form an estimate; to have regard to the value; to consider.
We ourselves esteem not of that obedience, or love, or gift, which is of force.
– Milton.
n. 1. Estimation; opinion of merit or value; hence, valuation; reckoning; price.
Most dear in the esteem
And poor in worth!
– Shak.
I will deliver you, in ready coin,
The full and dear’st esteem of what you crave.
– J. Webster.
2. High estimation or value; great regard; favorable opinion, founded on supposed worth.
Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem.
– Shak.
Taken from Webster’s 1913 Dictionary

Y’shua is asking for his Father’s esteem (in red) so that he likewise can show the same regard for his Father. The Authority the Master acknowledges is from Yah, and the Son does not have the right to disregard the Eternal’s will; as this would be the opposite of esteem. The Teacher also points out that everlasting life only comes from knowing the TRUE Authority/Elohim. Y’shua is only the conduit, as the Mashiach/Messiah, for the everlasting life to be manifested. One thing the Master points out is Yah’s name (in magenta) to his Talmidim/Disciples and that all the words he gave them were from his Father. Y’shua also points out they will be hated for the sake of his Father’s words (in blue). The Father’s words are TRUE and they are the only TRUTH.

If the Master instructs us to pray only to the Father Yah … then why do so many want to pray to the Son instead of the Father? Asking something in the name of Y’shua is not praying to the Son but asking for his advocacy with the Father. We are to pray to the Eternal and not to any man. Once again remember Y’shua is a human being and has the Ruach HaKodesh in him and he adheres to that Authority. We do not fully understand everything about Y’shua, so this should not be a stumbling block for anyone seeking the Kingdom of Yah.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by:
Rabbi Danny Palmer and Bernard Yosef Honigfort
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