The 50 day period between Passover and Shavuot is a special time called the Counting of the Omer. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second night of Passover when an omer—roughly one gallon—of barley was traditionally brought to the Temple as a grain offering. This offering came to simply be called ‘the Omer’ and it would be counted daily until the night before Shavuot to help the Israelites remember the link between Passover and Shavuot. Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, while Shavout commemorates the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, to Moses on Mt. Sinai. It serves as a reminder that we were not truly free until the Word was given.
Each day during the Counting of the Omer a prayer is prayed, part of which says:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us; may He make His countenance shine upon us forever; that Your way be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. The nations will extol You, O God; all the nations will extol You. The nations will rejoice and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples justly and guide the nations on earth forever. The peoples will extol You, O God; all the peoples will extol You,for the earth will have yielded its produce and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us; and all, from the farthest corners of the earth, shall fear Him.
“We implore You, by the great power of Your right hand, release the captive. Accept the prayer of Your people; strengthen us, purify us, Awesome One. Mighty One, we beseech You, guard as the apple of the eye those who seek Your Oneness. Bless them, cleanse them; bestow upon them forever Your merciful righteousness. Powerful, Holy One, in Your abounding goodness, guide Your congregation. Only and Exalted One, turn to Your people who are mindful of Your holiness. Accept our supplication and hear our cry, You who knows secret thoughts. Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.”
CLICK HERE: A full version of the prayer can be found. As Believers we are encouraged to use this as a time of introspection. Spiritually speaking, a new year began at Passover and we have 50 days set apart to seek the Lord before His fire falls and His Word is given. We have experienced a spiritual exodus and await the fire of the impartation of His instruction at Shavuot. The unique prayer for this special period of the Counting of the Omer truly reflects our desire for God to guard the apple of His eye… bless them… cleanse them… bestow upon them merciful righteousness and guidance. At Curt Landry Ministries we believe in doing more that simply praying. We believe in putting our feet into action by supporting humanitarian projects in Israel including safe houses for neglected children, apartments for elderly holocaust survivors, and food for needy soldiers. These are just a few of the areas we support with our prayers and our finances. As you sow into Israel with your intercession and financial seed, may your gift be returned to you one hundred fold—pressed down and shaken together. May Israel be strengthened and her people at peace during this and every season! “Awesome One. Mighty One, we beseech You, guard as the apple of the eye those who seek Your Oneness!”