“Only those who see the invisible can attempt the impossible.” Dick Eastman
Most if not all of us feel better after we pray. I am not necessarily referring to attending Church or Synagogue services, but rather, our internal prayers and expressions for healing, well being and care. We are transformed when we pray. We become more than before we prayed. For those of you who will tell me that prayer has no purpose, please tell me what you say every time you put your child on an airplane or your parents are about to have surgery or . . . Do you get the point? This is not about religion. This is about internal prayers and how we are impacted in our internal selves through this act of transformation.
In my years of active addiction, prayer had no value, purpose or meaning. My approach to prayer was cynical and highly critical. I would label people who needed to pray as weak. My journey in recovery has taught me about internal and spiritual prayer that today has made me a “weak” person as I find amazing value, purpose and comfort in praying.
My life as a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor is dedicated to helping people find whatever faith it is they have, affirming it, embracing it and allowing it to grow according to their need. There are three ideas I would like to share with you in relation to prayer that I have found value in:
- When we choose to pray, we have made a decision to link ourselves to those who have come before us. We now elevate ourselves to their memories and to their examples of faith;
- As we prepare to pray, we get in touch with the spark of God that resides inside each one of us and that inspires us to pray. However we define God in our lives, and
- We must realize just how loving, encouraging and supportive God is. We are taught in the Talmud – “and I will gladden them in My house of prayer.”
Amazingly, it is suggested that God has a place where God prays. This is interpreted that God senses our insecurities and as we prepare to pray, God joins in with us to give us the strength to follow through from a sincere and loving place inside each of us. God becomes the parent and we become the children.
Three ways to approach and feel elevated in relation to our prayer: a glorious family heritage, a special soul with a slice of holiness and a loving parent to hold our hands through it all.
My prayer for you today is that you find a pathway to prayer with purpose and internal power.
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