To What Name Should a Christian Pray? Yahshua?
Should Christians pray to YAHSHUA MESSIAH?
First, who is (ALL CAPS) YAHSHUA MESSIAH? While one group may insist that only prayers to this particular pronunciation of this particular "name" are real prayers to the one true God, other groups insist on YAH and Meshisach. There are other variations, with various combinations of pronunciations.
I believe in Jesus because I pray to him and he answers my prayers. Because, when I pray to "My Father in Heaven" (the title Jesus used) "in the name of Jesus", God answers and people are healed, I get new contracts, my enemies are removed, and much, much more.
Now back to question #1: Hebrew has no short vowels. The Hebrew people themselves do not pronounce every consonant the same (recall the test to speak "Shibboleth" or Sibboleth during the Israel-Judah civil war). No one has ever known the name of God. Not ever. Never. So, ALL THE NAMES FOR GOD ARE "MADE UP".
God is not a rule-mongering, pedantic, grinch. He is a loving God. We have personal relationships in deep, pure love with our Father in Heaven. So, if we honor Him with titles of respect like "God of my salvation" (one of my favorites), or Almighty God, or Father in Heaven, that is more than okay. It is good!
Here is a bit from Wikipedia:
The form Yahweh is a modern scholarly convention for the Hebrew ????, transcribed into Roman letters as YHWH and known as the Tetragrammaton, for which the original pronunciation is unknown. The most likely meaning of the name may be “He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists", but there are many theories and none is regarded as conclusive. The traditional rendering of the name, as found in English Bibles, is "I am who I am" or "I am that I am".
Even "Yahshua" is NOT a name, but another title. So, the question I have for you is this: Who led you astray? Will you continue to follow this man, or will you read the Bible and seek out a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father? And, consider this: Jesus prayed we will have unity. This Yahushua/Yah/Yahweh movement is extremely divisive, and all of them are wrong in their tenant that they know the name of God.
All over the world, people pray to a name for Jesus in their own tongue. In Russia, they say "Eesuess". In Spanish, they say "Jesus" (heysuess). And, people are healed of disease, broken bones, heart ache, blindness and deafness. They all use the name common to their language.
Further, a person who is unable to speak at all needs to only think "my Father in Heaven" or "Jesus" or any spelling/pronunciation in any alphabet or tongue, and God will answer if the heart is right.
It will be best for anyone involved to get out of this movement and just pray to "My Father in Heaven" as Jesus did. Peace.
The Name of God, Written in the Bible: YHWH
To What Name Should We Pray?
Joel 2:32 and the Yahwehites
Proponents of praying only to the name of Yahweh like Joel 2:32, also corrected to their pronunciation rules to "Yahyl 2:32". Members of this group will do well to ask themselves and each other, "To what name did Jesus pray?"
Personally, I believe Jesus walked in wisdom far beyond the capacity of ordinary men to understand. If anyone desires to choose the wisdom of their own minds, or the minds of their preferred leaders, over Jesus himself... is that a wise move?
Here is the text of Joel 2:32: "And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." (KJV)
In the King James, LORD is substituted for YHWH. So, the correct scripture, without the substitutions of King James, reads:
And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the YHWH shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as YHWH hath said, and in the remnant whom YHWH shall call.
Notice that YHWH is used three times in Joel 2:32. Note that twice, just the four Hebrew letters are used. IN the first usage, however, it says not simply YHWH. It says "the name of YHWH".
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