Catholicism and Protestanism are Bible based religions built on Judaism, and so it is we should learn from the founders of our faith how they performed their devotions unto God. In the first video above, a young woman sings the Shema in Hebrew.
The centerpiece of morning and evening Jewish services is the Shema: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one," found in Deuteronomy 6:4. Just as the Israelites used the Shema to drive home the knowledge God is one, so we who are grafting into the olive tree of Israel ought to do the same.
Shema Yisrael: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one," found in Deuteronomy 6:4.
Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment).
The above video offers you the chance to learn the words of the Shema in song as they come on screen with the singing.
There are seven times a day the anointed King David praised God, and prayers were made four times a day. We see that clearly in the Prophet Daniel praying from his window three times a day facing East from his window.
A rather strange phenomenon takes place in facing East. In the morning we
are to face East, but in the sunrise we face West and are still looking toward
Jerusalem. We don't see this latter piece of advice in the Scriptures
necessarily, but it would hardly seem reasonable to turn our backs on a
beautiful awe inspiring sunset and worship the Lord.
Let the beautiful sunset inspire you to thank the Lord for the good things He has done the day to provide this planet and yourself with life even in the midst of so many evils put here to test us and make us strong spiritually.
The same principles of prayer apply in the sunset prayer as for any prayer. We are to always "ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE." We are to "GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS" whether good or evil. Our overcoming strength is dependent upon it.
Once you feel strengthened in the Spirit to pray, then it is time to verbalize your prayers in humble petitions without complaining about the troubles you have encountered even though "THE EVIL OF THE DAY" may have brought you low.
Your "THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE" is the anecdote. What trouble can there be when you feel good. Trouble brings misery only when you let it get you down. King David counselled us in the Scriptures saying, "I COMPLAINED AND MY SPIRIT WAS OVERWHELMED."
How can you not see the hope of glory in the beauties of a sunset? How can you
not see the greatness of all creation in it?
Beautiful sunsets are the stage settings
for beautiful prayers. The angels are your stage hands. The wonderous curtin of
the sunset descends ever so slowly in an ever changing panoramic glory until
the dusk sets in and the day is done. Meanwhile, your godly prayers have strengthened
you for the good fight of the faith. You are ready for your next prayer time.