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Petition for Prayer, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=46578 Petition for Prayer, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962) 2022-09-05 19:10:18 "Petition for Prayer" by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=32508">An Offering of Prayer</a></em> (1962), p. 27, from where this prayer was transcribed. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Morrison David Bial https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Baqashot 20th century C.E. petiḥah 58th century A.M. Prayers for Praying English vernacular prayer
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O Lord,
our fathers spoke in Thy name:
Open thy heart to Me
as much as the thickness of a needle,
and I will open it for thee
as wide as a portal. (Shir haShirim Rabbah 5:2.2)
Lord,
help us to prepare our minds
that we may learn how to pray to Thee.
Petition and praise
spoken without the warmth of the heart
are cold and uncaring,
words offered as a vain sacrifice.
We pray that we may learn
that Thou art there,
nay, Thou art here,
just at our soul’s reaching,
if only we call on Thee in earnest.
Doubting is born of our own lack of faith in ourselves,
the belief that we are so little
that nothing can respond to us.
In the midst of our humility;
yet we must know that we are Thy children,
and so possess a treasure worthy of Thee:
our soul.
O Lord,
teach us to know
that as we reach towards Thee,
so dost Thou bend towards us;
that no prayer truly uttered
really goes unanswered,
even though we may not always comprehend the answer.
May we grow in that inner wisdom
which will enable us to turn our whole selves in urgent call.
Then will the words of Thy prophet be fulfilled in us:
“And it shall come to pass
that before they call,
I will answer,
and while they are yet speaking,
I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

“Petition for Prayer” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 27, from where this prayer was transcribed.

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