7 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know

Day 3 of 7 • This day’s reading



Tefilla: Which means Prayer

How often do we use prayer as nothing more than an emergency call or a cold call to God?

Too often we only pray when we need or want something from God — which is understandable considering the English word "pray" means to "ask or beg". But the Hebrew word for prayer — tefillah — means to "self evaluate”. So to the Jews of the Bible, prayer was not a time when they asked God for things … it was a time when they examined themselves. They would use prayer as a way to compare their actions, behavior, and attitude against God’s holiness.

Could this idea change your prayers today?