Pray – Hebrew Word Study

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Lamed  Lamed   Pey

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Primary Conventional Usage of PRAY


The Dictionary defines prayer as offering devout petitions, praise and  thanks to God or any object of worship. Prayer is to enter into spiritual communion with God or any other  object of worship through prayer.  To pray is to make entreaty or supplication.

The foregoing dictionary definition of prayer is distinquished from the biblical view of prayer in one major point. Biblical prayer has as its object God the Father and no other. All other prayers according to the Ancient Prophetic Scriptures of both the Old and New Testament are fruitless exercises in futility AND they are an offense to the only true God who looks with pity and distain on those that seek help or heap praise on anyone but Him. 

As our Creator, YHVH ELOHIM (The LORD GOD) alone is due our praise and He alone can answer our prayers.  Only God has a heart that seeks our eternal well being and only HE has the means to accomplish that most precious end. 

If you do a word study of the word PRAY in your English Bible you will find the First use of Hebrew Word translated PRAY in Genesis 12:13. The context of this verse is important to understand.  Abram and his wife Sarah are venturing in Egypt because of the famine in the land.   Sarah is very beautiful and Abram fears that if it is known that he is the husband on Sarah that his life will be taken and his wife stolen by another.  So Abram entreats his wife as follows:

Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

This English translation of the Hebrew word that actually means PLEASE has been translated into the English as “I PRAY THEE”. This is not the same Hebrew word that is also translated as PRAY in the English versions of the Bible that have reference only to Prayers made to God. I mention this so that the reader is aware that the Picture and Number translations of the Hebrew word we translate as PRAY only refers to the word PRAY found in the English bibles that has to do with PRAYING TO GOD ALMIGHTY.


First use of Hebrew Word translated PRAY in the English Scriptures is used to indicate a prayer made to God and can be found in Genesis 20:7


The context of this verse is connected to the petition Abram made to his wife asking her to tell anyone that asked that she was Abrams sister.  This test of Abrams faith landed him into turmoil as Sarah was confiscated by the ruler of Egypt who was planning on taking her as one of his wives.  Before physical relations were consummated the LORD shows up in a dream and warns the Egyptian Pharoah that taking Sarah as his wife will cost him his life and the life of all his family. Listen to the words the Lord directed to Pharaoh as recorded in Genesis 20:7

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. 




Do you see the connection between the first time the word Pray is used as a petition between two people in the English version of the bible and the first time it is used as a petition between a person and God? What a lesson.  How many of our prayers are supplications and entreaties to undo the results of what happens when we make our requests to men, or a woman as in the case or Abram? The Hebrew Word Pray demonstates  the authenticity of the Pictographic Hebrew language that underpins the conventional meaning of the word PRAY.

The word for Pray is spelled with the three Hebrew letters: PEY Lamed Lamed. The first thing we notice is that Lamed it used twice.  In the Hebrew language when something is repeated twice it means that it is something that is very important.  Something you need to pay attention to.  It also can mean that there are two meanings to choose from the Picture meanings of the letter. 

Let’s take a look at the Pictures for the Hebrew word Pray



The first letter in the Hebrew Word PRAY is pictures as a MOUTH and it means  – To Speak – A Word  or To Open.


The second and third letter in the Hebrew Word PRAY is a picture of a Shepherds Staff and it means – To Urge ForwardControl – To Shepherd – To Have Authority – The tongue and The Voice of Authority



Pictorial Translation of 




To Speak

A Word

To Open






To Shepherd

To Have Authority

To Urge Forward

The tongue

Voice of Authority






To Shepherd

To Have Authority

To Urge Forward

The tongue

Voice of Authority



A more literal translation of the picture might be to Speak with the Tongue of Tongues.  What does that mean? The idea contained in the Ideal of the word pray is based on the presupposition that the prayer is directed to GOd and is spiritually sanctioned. 

The ideal prayer has great authority.  The question is this – How are our prayers infused with Great Authority?

Keep in mind that the Pictorial meaning of the Hebrew Words as disclosed by each letter that is also a picture reveals the IDEAL meaning of the WORD.  So while in the conventional you could find the Hebrew word Pray used indicate a prayer to a false God or an Idol in the PICTURE you will find only the ideal.  The Picture is going to reveal the TRUE purpose and meaning of the word PRAY.  The Number meaning will reveal the even deeper and more profound Theological and Prophetic meaning of the word.

So the question we must ask based on the Pictographic meaning of the Hebrew word PRAY is this:

What or who is the VOICE OF AUTHORITY indicated by the Picture of the Staff that underpins the Hebrew letter LAMED ? 

Does this simply mean that we are to pray with conviction and sincerity?  That is certainly indicated but I don’t think that is the central meaning conveyed by the Picture language of t he word PRAY.   So we ask again…what or who is the voice of authority? I would ask the listener to keep that question in mind as we explore the Numeric meaning of the Hebrew Word PRAY.  The question is simply this:

How do our prayers to the heavenly Father become authoritative? 

What energizes those prayers and gives them power and gives us confidence that the prayers will be answered? 



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  1. Paul Williams says:

    I find your information to be a blessing as well as a great teaching

  2. Kate Overton says:

    Thank you ! I love this ! This is amazing and gives me a MUCH deeper understanding of an already Amazing , marvelous , Beautiful God 💕

  3. Dionne says:

    Thank you for giving the meanings of the letters. It helps to disipher the words, as you have pointed out. The explanations make the language much more interesting and easier to understand. Thank you so much for your teaching!

  4. Terry says:

    This just gets me hungry for more of the word

  5. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much! I love and always have wanted to know the Hebrew language unfortunately due to finances I have never been able to study or learn it. This is wonderful! although a bit overwhelming since I had no idea that the Hebrew language had meaning in numbers and pictures, I will keep on trying. Although, I don’t understand why the video doesn’t show the pics and what you are saying, all it shows is the letters. I have to leave the video/audio to see what you are explaining. It gets a bit confusing. I am not complaining, please do not think, that is not my reasoning for stating this, I am just curios as why if this is video why it doesn’t show video or is mine just not working correctly?.
    May Eliheim bless you and yours!

  6. Kathy Buck says:

    Thank you so much for this teaching. I want to know more of what God’s language says and means. I have for a long time wanted to know Hebrew. It’s fascinating! To know and understand the true meaning of the Bible.

  7. Bea says:

    I love your books. Thank you so much for teaching us what we would otherwise have never known about.

  8. Robin says:

    Thank you for your teachings. It gives me about much better understanding of the Word and how the English translations has people so confused. Study to show thyself approved. I pray (no pun intended) that the Most High continue to bless you with your teachings.

  9. Belinda says:

    Is there a study about how to infuse your prayers with authority and power spirit infused prayer

  10. Lenora says:

    Did word study on Pray, said to click link to do the number study.
    I do not find a link to click on?
    Love all the studies, thank you so much!

    1. Emily says:

      I have the same question – I couldn’t find a link for the number study either.

  11. Kathy Thomas says:

    This is what is needed in the church’s today..Thank God for you and this incredible insight that he’s given you..never stop keep up this great work
    May The Lord continue to bless and keep you

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