Teffilah is the Hebrew word for prayer, which means to “self evaluate.”
I love that.
Prayer, to the Hebrews of the Old Testament, wasn’t just a cry for help. It was just a bullet prayer begging God to intervene in their situation. And it wasn’t simply something they said before a meal.
It was a self evaluation of whether you were reflecting God’s holiness or not. Prayer was a means to check oneself from walking the line of righteousness. It was a way of owning up to ones sins and repent.
The English language, however, defines prayer as “asking or begging.”
What a huge difference?!
Now, that’s not to say we shouldn’t ask God for things or that we shouldn’t cry to Him for help. At times, we should. But may we all pray as, perhaps, it was intended to be and truly allow our prayers to be an active reality.