After the horrific New Zealand mosque massacres, Tammy retweeted this exchange:
That's not how it works. Prayer isn't about uttering magic words in hopes of being kept "safe." It is a subversive and energetic practice/disclipline by which we make ourselves conduits for goodness and grace to move within a world we already KNOW is broken and "unsafe". https://t.co/0AAtJ6NlEB
— Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) March 15, 2019
While Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) is a devout Catholic, the Jewish perspective on the importance of prayer parallels that of Scalia’s sentiment:
Why do we pray? Doesn’t God already know what’s good for us? Doesn’t He already know what we need? Are we somehow trying to “convince” God of the justness of our cause?
What changes through prayer is not the “mind” of the Almighty. What changes through prayer is us. By recognizing the source of all of our blessings – our sustenance, our health, our success, our very existence – we bring ourselves to a higher spiritual level. We elevate ourselves by drawing closer to the Almighty. And through this act of elevation, we become more “fitting” to receive those things we’ve prayed so hard for. In having grown through prayer, we can now use our gifts more properly to perfect ourselves and the world around us….
And in this spirit, let us all pray, in the words of Isaiah 2:4 —
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.