A Basic Overview of Prayer

The custom and practice is to pray three times a day, morning afternoon and night. Additionally there are other types of prayers or blessings that also apply at different times. Below is an overview of these prayer basics.

Upon Waking:

Modeh Ani:

I give thanks before you, King living and eternal, for You have returned within me my soul with compassion; abundant is Your faithfulness! 


"Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!" 

(Note: Adonai is Hebrew for "Lord").

Morning Prayer, Evening Prayers, and Night Prayers:

Say an "Our Father" and/or also the "Amidah" Prayer:

Our Father:

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done

in earth, as it is in heaven:

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive them that trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil;

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.


Amidah (Short Version):

Help  us  Lord,

To  understand  Your  ways,

And  sensitize  our  hearts,

With  reverence  all  our  days.

Forgive  us,  with  compassion,  each  sin,

That  redemption  we  may  hope  to  win.

In  Your  caring,

take  our  pain  and  suffering  away,

And  satisfy  us,  with  Your  abundance, we  pray.

With  Your  all-powerful  and  tremendous  hand,

Our  scattered  ones

Bring  together  to  our  own  land.

May  justice  be  effective,

And  righteousness  prevail.

May  evil  plots  be  razed  and  fail.

But  righteous  efforts Be  well  regarded.

And  those  who  serve  goodness

Be  rewarded

When  Your  sacred  city,

With  joy  we  rebuild.

And  Your  House  of  prayer With  all  peoples  be  fill’d.

Then  with  a  loud  and  exultant  voice,

Will  the  righteous,  0  God  of  Israel,  rejoice.

Let  it  be  Thy  divine  will,  to  speedily  found A  messianic  life  for  all  abound.

And,  may  the  light  of  peace,

Brightly  blaze,

As  in  reverence,

Your  sacred  Name  we  praise.

For  You  do  hear The  voice  of  Prayer,

Are  blessed!

This  we  declare.  Amen

Before: Going to Bed:


"Hear, O Israel! Adonai is our God! Adonai is One!" 

(Note: Adonai is Hebrew for "Lord").