Prayer Through The Ages


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Prayer Through The Ages

  1. 1. Prayer Through the Ages through the Eyes of the Sages A compendium of aphorisms that have stood the test of millennia An exclusive publication of The Holy City Prayer Society Copyright © 2007
  2. 2. The Holy City Prayer Society is please to provide you with this collection of sage wisdom. We recommend printing these pages and displaying them in your house of worship. We pray that you derive inspiration from these pages, and are motivated to study more about prayer, and of course, to pray! We hope that you will consider joining our Society, and share our mission of advancing the value of prayer in the minds of the general public around the world. A portion of all membership dues are earmarked to help needy residents of Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007
  3. 3. We learned: quot;To love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6, 5).quot; What is service with your heart? This is prayer. Talmud Taanit Copyright © 2007
  4. 4. Rabbi Chama ben Chanina taught: If you see that you have prayed but got no answer, pray again, as it is written, quot;Strive for God, be of strong will and heart, and strive for God. (Psalms 27, 12)quot; Talmud Berakhot Copyright © 2007
  5. 5. Rabbi Yochanan and Rabbi Elazar both taught: Even if a sharp sword is placed on your throat, don't despair from God's compassion. Midrash Shmuel Copyright © 2007
  6. 6. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, yearns for the prayers of the pious. Talmud Yebamot Copyright © 2007
  7. 7. If someone has a problem, he should tell others about it, and they will pray for him. Talmud Chulin Copyright © 2007
  8. 8. Whoever prays for his friend and needs the same thing himself, the person who prays is answered first, as it is written, quot;And the Lord made up to Job for all his losses, after Job prayed for his friends (Job 42, 10).quot; Copyright © 2007 Talmud Bava Kama
  9. 9. Our sages taught: Do not approach prayer with feelings of sadness, or laziness, or lack of seriousness, or in the middle of a conversation with a friend, or lightheartedness, or if you were just wasting your time. Rather, approach prayer from the happiness that comes with doing God's will. Talmud Berakhot Copyright © 2007
  10. 10. Our sages taught: The early pious ones would prepare to pray for a full hour, then pray for a full hour, then contemplate about their prayer for an hour. They would pray three times a day, so this took them nine hours. If so, how would they have time for their studies and labor to bear fruit? Since they were pious, their studies would be preserved and their labors blessed. Talmud Berakhot Copyright © 2007
  11. 11. After Rabbi Elazar finished his prayers, he said: quot;May it be Your will, God, that there be love, brotherhood, peace and friendship amongst us, may our lands be full of scholars, may our end be successful and hopeful, may we merit to get to Paradise, may we have good friends and good will in Your world. May we rise in the morning and find that our hearts strive to fear you, and may all of our needs be filled.quot; Talmud Berakhot Copyright © 2007
  12. 12. Throughout the world, an almost palpable spiritual awakening is gripping more and more men and women of all religions and denominations. This thirst for closeness to the One On High is a widespread phenomenon, and it is growing every day. Prayer is the central mode of communication with God, yet so many of us feel unable to pray. Prayer is more than a skill - it is an art. Today, The Holy City Prayer Society offers you a unique service - the opportunity to have a prayer said for you daily in Jerusalem, at the very site of the Holy Temple! Whether you pray daily or once a year, often or not at all -- a prayer recited daily especially for you in the Holy City by The Holy City Prayer Society will raise your spiritual consciousness and help you in your quest for tranquility. Copyright © 2007