December 29, 2004


Why is the Divine waiting to hear from you? (Rabbi David Aaron, 12/29/04, Jewish World Review)

If you pray in order to change G-d's mind, then, please for G-d's sake, don't pray. We don't want to change G-d's mind. And thank G-d we can't change G-d's mind because G-d has made up His mind long time ago. G-d only and always loves us and seeks to give us the greatest good. As Psalmist praised, "His compassion (unconditional love) is upon all His creatures."

Of course, G-d hears our prayers and answers but He is waiting for us to hear our prayers and mean them. Prayer is not passive, it is proactive. Through prayer we must inspire ourselves to take action and make changes within ourselves, our community and the world. When we change ourselves for the good we let G-d's never-changing love for us and His abundant blessings become manifest in our lives.

This lesson has never been better illustrated than in the film Bruce Almighty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2004 7:28 AM

Another key to successful prayer is to listen!

Posted by: Bartman at December 29, 2004 10:07 AM

Two things:

1) prayer changes the person praying, not often much else
2) if the person praying thinks God will be persuaded, he is not praying

One only needs to see how Moses tried to force God's hand and the only thing that changed was he was replaced in the promised land by Caleb.

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 30, 2004 7:35 AM