14 Days of Devotion: Introduction

14 Days of Devotion: 
A guide for reading Scripture and praying together during the counting of the Omer
At Restoration, we have made it a priority to seek God by reading His word and prayer. During this season of the counting of the Omer, we have decided to do this by collectively participating in this devotional as a congregation in the 14 days leading up to Shavuot. Each day at sundown we will post a reading on the blog.

Why do a devotional now, during the counting of the Omer?
The counting of the Omer isn’t just another one of the biblical holidays the Jewish people were called to keep; it has both historical and prophetic significance in both the Tanakh and the Brit Hadasha (New Covenant). Whether it was the Exodus of His people out of Egypt, their finally entering the Land after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, the events of the book of Ruth, or the ascension of Yeshua into heaven 40 days after His resurrection, one thing is sure: Adonai has always moved powerfully on behalf of those who love Him and call upon His name during this time.

This devotional is offered with the belief that as we all seek Adonai in unity, He will continue to move powerfully on behalf of our Restoration community. We believe that lives will be transformed as He pours out His abundant grace upon us. As this transformation occurs, we will be continually equipped to fulfill the mission of Restoration (to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Yeshua) and to become those who are empowered to reach people who are far from God.

Along with the prayers attached to the devotionals, what else should we be praying for? What should we focus on?
Let’s continually pray for God to:
—Bring life change and spiritual growth to us and our families.
—Use Restoration to bring people to know Him, and to give us opportunities to share the Good News of Yeshua with anyone who will listen!
—Bring a spirit of unity that will empower us to move forward together.
—One day allow us to be blessed with our own congregational property!
—Provide continued opportunities to share about the Jewishness of Messiah to both the greater body of Yeshua and to those who don’t know Him.
—Pour out His spirit on our region so that revival may come!
—Bless Rabbi Matt and his family as he continues to lead our congregation (physical health, finances, and spiritual health and growth).

These are just a few of the ways we can all come together and pray!

A Prayer:
Adonai, as we continually seek Your face during these last 14 days of the counting of the Omer, help us to humble ourselves before You. Show us the areas where sin, hopelessness, or complacency have blinded us to Your plan for our lives. Give us the strength and courage to fully turn these areas over to Your Son, Yeshua. We desire to know You better and to trust You more. Continue to lead us as we seek to become fully devoted followers of Yeshua and lights to those who are trapped in darkness.
In Yeshua’s name, amen.