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Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem

Shalom from Jerusalem!

If you directed your heart in prayer, you will be told that your prayer was accepted.

Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 5, 4

Once again, the Sages emphasize the importance of "kavana," intent, during prayer. But what is the significance of the phrase "directed your heart?" and why "you will be told" about your prayer's acceptance, instead of simply "your prayers will be accepted?"

The Sages are hinting at an often hidden but always important aspect of prayer: our relationships with other people. It is a matter of course that a person's heart will be directed towards God during prayer, and hopefully before and after it as well.

But God wants His children to relate to one another. Especially when occupied with prayer, make sure that you are thinking of others. Direct your heart, purposely, to others. By noticing the needs of others, your requests of God will be more focused. Furthermore, you will realize that your "paper bag" of worries and troubles is lighter than those of others, and praise God for this as well.

By opening your eyes, ears, and heart to others, God will shine His grace on you, and answer your prayers. And He will further bless you, by enabling someone else to be the bearer of this news, possibly without his or her knowledge. "The Creator has many envoys." For example, overhearing someone saying "here comes the bus" could be an answer to your prayer that you didn't miss it.

Today, be sensitive to God's answers to your prayers that are delivered through His varied messengers.

Today's Prayer: Sanctification of the Prophets (Isaiah 59, Psalms 20, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 3, Exodus 15)

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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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