Is prayer asking for our redemption,
Or the granting of some wish?
Does our prayer honor our Creator
With disingenuous praise for The One?
Is our attempt at prayer kevah,
But without intention in our words?
Is our prayer defense against fear,
Or an outlet for our anger?
Do we pray only when needful,
Or do we pray when grateful?
Does our prayer come from anguish,
Or from pure joy and wonder?
When we begin our individual prayer,
Do we strive to find kavanahLit. Intention Refers both to one’s intention when performing a mitzvah or when focusing for prayer. Kavanah also refers to specific readings to help focus one's attention prior to performing an act.?
HaShemLit. The Name, referring to the ineffable name of God; used as a substitute for any of the more sacred names of God when not speaking in prayer. Particularly used in conversation., I come with heartfelt petition;
That you hear when I speak,
Even if my words are silent.
That you allow your quiet whisper,
To break through to my soul.
I can pray for many things;
I can ask for abstract needs,
I can seek You for comfort,
I can ask to be unafraid,
Perhaps, I can ask too often…
This time, I do not ask
For material things or obtuse desires.
This time, I am simply seeking
To strengthen my connection to you.