“The prayers of a person are the service of his spirit, and stand in an extremely lofty place.
These prayers of a person split open the heavens and open windows Above in order to ascend [to its intended goal]” (Zohar II, 201a).
Do we ever entertain the idea that prayer itself is the key to our salvation? Why don’t we exert ourselves even just a little bit more to pour out our hearts in prayer and supplication? Perhaps it’s because we don’t grasp the potency of prayer. Is it reasonable that we can open our hearts and reach out to an unseen God who hears and listens to every word we articulate? Do we find it so hard to understand that there is a God who created us and wants us to turn to Him for help for every difficulty we experience?
Our forefathers prayed with their own words, flowing from their hearts. Today’s Siddur is based on the established prayers from the time of the second Beis HaMikdash (around 350 B.C.E.) some 2,400 years ago. Are the prayers still relevant today? How often do we recite the prayers by rote, without really understanding the meaning behind the words? What is the reason for the specific order of the prayers? What is the purpose of each prayer? And most importantly, what are we expected to accomplish with our prayers?
The Potency of Prayer, based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), a leading Chassidic master, and his closest disciple, Reb Noson (1780-1844), offers a comprehensive explanation of the daily prayers, including Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh and Festivals.
By reviewing the entire Siddur, The Potency of Prayer delves into the reason behind each prayer and explains how the prayers are interconnected. With a blend of straightforward commentary and Kabbalistic insights, you will discover the power that lies behind the words and realize the potency of your efforts.