Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Prayers and Blessings

Prayers and Blessings
Q - How many times should a Jew pray each day?
A - Jews are supposed to pray three times a day; morning, afternoon, and evening. The Jewish prayer book (it's called a siddur) has special services set down for this. Praying regularly enables a person to get better at building their relationship with God. After all, most things get better with practice.
Q – How many times should a Muslim pray each day?
A - Salat is the obligatory Muslim prayers, performed five times each day by Muslims. It is the second Pillar of Islam. The Five daily prayer times are – dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset, night. 
Q – How many times should a Christian pray each day?
A – The Daily Prayer tradition in the Book of Common Prayer is four times a day – Morning, Noon, Evening, and Bedtime (or Compline). The Benedictine Monastic Tradition is seven times a day. They are Matins (during the night, at about 2 a.m.); also called Vigil and perhaps composed of two or three Nocturns, Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at dawn, about 5 a.m., but earlier in summer, later in winter), Prime or Early Morning Prayer (First Hour = approximately 6 a.m.), Terce or Mid-Morning Prayer (Third Hour = approximately 9 a.m.), Sext or Midday Prayer (Sixth Hour = approximately 12 noon), None or Mid-Afternoon Prayer (Ninth Hour = approximately 3 p.m.), Vespers or Evening Prayer ("at the lighting of the lamps", about 6 p.m.), and Compline or Night Prayer (before retiring, about 7 p.m.)
How Many Blessings does a Jew Say Each Day?
By Yisroel Cotlar
 Q - I once heard that there is a certain amount of blessings we should attempt to say each day. How many is it, and what is the source of this idea?
A - There is indeed such a teaching. We are to recite 100 blessings each day. The Talmud1 extrapolates this from a verse in Deuteronomy:2 "Now, Israel, what does G‑d, your G‑d, ask of you? . . . to walk in His ways . . . and to serve Him."
The Hebrew word for "what," mah (מָה), is phonetically similar to the word me'ah (מֵאָה), which means 100. In other words, the verse can be understood as saying: "Now, Israel, a hundred does G‑d, your G‑d, ask of you"—one hundred blessings.
Pray Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV) 
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
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