What made Israel’s prayers distinctive?

People of many religions pray. What makes Judeo-Christian prayer different?

Most people pray, whatever their religion. Prayer is a request to a deity. It may be a request to bring blessing and prosperity, or to remove anguish and struggle. It may be accompanied by a sacrifice or vow to demonstrate sincerity or convince the gods to act.

The practice of prayer predates Abraham. So, what is distinctive about prayer in the Judeo-Christian faith?

Let’s start with Judaism.

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