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Pray Long, Pray Hard, Pray Sure

Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem

Shalom from Jerusalem!

"And as she prayed long and hard..." From here we learn that anyone who prays a lot is answered.

Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 4, 2

Reading the story of Hannah's success in achieving her heart's desire (the birth of her child Samuel), the sages searched for the secret of how to replicate that success right there in the passage. They found the words that open our thought. How can the Sages be so confident that "a lot" of prayer is sure to succeed?

The answer lies in the precise wording the Sages use. They did not teach, "If you pray a lot, you will get what you want." They said "is answered." Not even "will be answered" but "IS answered."

The dynamics of prayer is a two-way street. If you sincerely pray, you know that God hears your prayers. Exactly what His answer is, no one knows for sure; in fact, like a loving parent, sometimes for our own good His answer is no. But the person who "prays long and hard," for whom prayer is a part and parcel of life, the answer to those prayers is built in. Like so many things in life, a good question is already 90% of the answer.

Today, recognize the built-in answer to your prayers.


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Thoughts about Prayer from Jerusalem

Prayer is the foundation of the relationship between God and His children, and its primary vehicle. Sages of old have created a wealth of wisdom based on the Bible, giving people in all generations the opportunity to contemplate on these thoughts to help them focus in their relationships with the One Above.

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God's Temple and the Patriarchs | God's Love is a Two Way Street | Set A Space For Prayer | Set A Time For Prayer | Follow God's Lead - Pray | Be A Hero - Pray Regularly | Be A Good Neighbor - Pray | God Loves Communal Prayer | Pray From Center Stage, Not From The Sidelines | Pray with Friends and Family | Pray to the Heights from the Depths | Pray For Your Friend | Pray First! | Compassion and Prayer | Parents and Prayer | Pray for an Enjoyable Livelihood | Recognize God's Blessing in Everything | Make Room for Goodness | Do Right for the Right Reasons | Pray For Light and Happiness | Overcoming Human Nature | Humility Leads The Way | Ask God for Help with Proper Speech | Prayer Without Intent Is Better Than Not Praying At All | Pray With Your All | Pray With Intent, And Your Prayer Will Carry You | Pray About Problems, And Trust In The Future | Pray for a Successful Journey | Focus on the What, the How, and Especially the Where of Prayer | Stand Up For Your [Prayer] Rights | Pray With Intent | Quantity Time Leads to Quality Prayer | Find Favor in the Eyes of God and Man (Proverbs 3) | Happiness is Serious Business | Learn from the Experts | Hear Your Own Prayer, and God Will Too | Praise The Lord and Pass The Adoration | Prayer, a Rite for all Seasons | The Holy Temple is Our Heart's Desire | If At First You Don't Succeed, Pray, Pray Again | Take Your Time, And The Answer Will Follow | Be Strong and of Good Courage (Joshua 1) | The Long And The Short Of It | Pray For Your Neighbor As Yourself | No Runs, No Hits, No Errors | What's Done Is Done | Have the Time of your Life | We Were As Dreamers (Psalms 126) | Clear Your Thoughts and Empty Your Hands | You're Going To Reap What You Pray | Focus On The Positive | Clarify Your Intent-ions | Pray From The Heart | Pray Long, Pray Hard, Pray Sure | Lead The Way in Prayer | Jerusalem and Prayer, The Dynamic Duo | Group Prayer - You'll Never Walk Alone | A Time and A Place for Everything | Tear Down the Walls and Open the Gates | Look Around You, Look and Listen | Cut To The Chase | Prayer and Good Deeds, Like a Hand in a Glove | Prayer and Torah, the Two Way Street |

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