The Spiritual Dynamics of Prayer
Editor's Introduction: As leader of the Prayer Project of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Rabbi Flam asked her working group the below questions on their practice of prayer. What follows is her own response. You, too, might ask yourselves these questions. You might present them to your study partner or spirituality group. We have opened up a discussion thread at the end of the article. If you would like to share your response to these questions, we invite your participation in the discussion.
This article was originally written for rabbis. It contains untranslated Hebrew phrases and words. In order to keep the flow of the text, we have added translations at the end of the article.
In your own prayer practice (or any section thereof), please explain what it is you are trying to do. (I would actually like to keep the question that broad, but if it is helpful, you might reflect on other angles, such as: What are you trying to cultivate within your own mind, heart and/or life through your prayer? What is it you hope will happen through your prayer?). Second, how is it that you go about trying to accomplish what you are trying to do? (Again, if it is helpful: What are your strategies for accomplishing what you are trying to do? What is important to have in place in order for your prayer to accomplish its intent?)