“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” (Psalms 16:8).
CONSIDER THIS A CALL TO VIP PRAYER!
What is that exactly? I coined the acronym to carry the meaning of Valuable, Important and Powerful Prayer. Indeed, every genuine prayer from the heart is of great value and importance, and is extremely powerful in our battle against the forces of the enemy.
During the month of ADAR we celebrate the festival of PURIM – instituted by Queen Esther and Mordechai, as described in the biblical book of Esther. Purim commemorates the great victory over the enemies of God, who had devised a plan to kill and get rid of His people! This is a great encouragement to pray, for, as well as the courage of Esther, who approached the king at risk to her life, the key element of procuring the victory was the united effort of the Jewish people to fast and pray together with her for three days.
God’s face is hidden throughout the book of Esther, although one is very aware of his hand at work behind the scenes. A reason for his ‘hiddeness’ could well be that he desires to impress upon us the value, importance, and power of the prayer of his people. When we turn to him in faith, and call to him in prayer, He responds supernaturally. We need to enter into VIP Prayer! But what does this look and sound like? There are many different forms of prayer – all of which become VIP Prayer when issuing from a pure and sincere heart.
I believe that when we have no words, every thought, sigh, tear, and cry directed to our Father in Heaven, is a form of prayer. More usually, as He has given us the gift of words and communication, our personal from-the-heart prayers can be raised verbally anywhere, and at any time. And all are precious. The daily morning and evening prayers, as well as those for Shabbat and the Festivals, are collected in the Siddur – the Jewish Daily Prayer Book.* Siddur is from the root word seder – order.
When these prayers are read and prayed with kavanah – concentrated focus and sincere devotion – they are powerful indeed. This is true also of the Psalms – another form of prayer. Just as Esther knew the importance of having all the people pray with her, wherever they were physically, we know that strength, unity, and reassurance ensue when many hearts are lifting the same prayers before the Throne of Grace. Particularly at the time of history we find ourselves in now, this prayer from the Siddur is valuable to pray with a resounding Amen!
May the time not be distant O God, when Thy Name shall be worshipped in all the earth; when unbelief shall disappear and error shall be no more. Fervently we pray that the day may come when all men may invoke Thy Name, when corruption and evil shall give way to purity and goodness, and when superstition shall no longer enslave the mind and idolatry blind the eye – when all who dwell on earth shall know that to Thee alone every knee must bend and every tongue give homage.
O may all created in Thine image recognize that they are brothers, so that, one in spirit and one in fellowship, they may be forever united before Thee. Then shall Thy kingdom be established on earth, and the words of Thine ancient prophets be fulfilled. Adonai yimloch le’olam va’ed. The Lord will reign forever and ever!
May we daily be encouraged to focus our hearts on VIP Prayer – “for such a time as this!”
With every blessing and encouragement as we await Mashiach,
* An inspirational Hebrew-English Siddur we recommend is The Koren Siddur, (Ashkenaz), with commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.