HEART OF PRAYER

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 24th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

5.a1 Praying for the needs of the Shechinah.

Tzaddikim are the messengers of the Matron.1 Through their own suffering and deprivation, they know the privations of the Shechinah and pray for its needs to be fulfilled, uniting it with the Holy One. This is the greatness of prayer.2

This answers the age-old question as to why we need to pray, since G?d surely knows our needs. It is written, “He tests the loins and the heart.”3 Prayer is for a higher purpose. When we realize that our own lacking derives from the privations Above and pray for the Shechinah’s needs to be fulfilled, our own needs will also be assuaged. However, you should never think about your own needs, only the needs of the Shechinah.
Tzafnah Paneach p. 50c

1A reference to the Shechinah.
22ee also Degel Machane Ephraim, B’Chukosai: What is it in a person that feels pleasure or pain? It is his soul and life-force, for when these depart, he feels nothing. Now, this life-force is united with the source of all life and creation, which is G?d. When you remember this and think about your source, which is the Shechinah, and pray for it, you create a complete unification. This is the meaning of, “Tzaddikim are the messengers of the Matron.” Through their own deprivation and suffering, they know and pray for any lacking in the Shechinah.
3Jeremiah 11:20

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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