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Just Answer My Prayers

Thursday, 24 October, 2013 - 11:56 am

Samuel, a Jerusalem lawyer, was on his way to court for an important trial and sadly, got a late start to his morning. By the time he got to the court house, all the parking spots were taken. He drove around five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes, and no luck. Twenty minutes passed and he began to get desperate. After thirty minutes of circling the parking lot and the adjacent neighborhoods in utter futility, the time for his court appearance fast approaching, he turns his head heavenward and shouts, "Master of the universe! I swear I will give 10% of my earnings to charity each year, pray three times a day, start a Torah study group in my home, I'll wait six hours between meat and dairy foods, only just this: I need a place to park right now!"

 Just as he finishes this heart-wrenching plea, a guy pulls out of a parking spot right in front of him.

 Samuel turns to G‑d and says, "Never mind, I found a spot!"

Another Story: Eliezer the COO of Avraham’s (our forefather) home went searching for a wife for Issac the son of his “boss”. He too turns his head heavenward and says Behold, I am standing by the water fountain, and the daughters of the people of the city are coming out to draw water. And it will be, [that] the maiden to whom I will say, 'Lower your pitcher and I will drink,' and she will say, 'Drink, and I will also water your camels,' her have You designated for Your servant, for Isaac, and through her may I know that You have performed loving kindness with my master."  Genesis 24;13

Even before he finished speaking, and behold, Rebecca came out, who had been born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, and her pitcher was on her shoulder. 

And a 3rd story: Moses is challenged as a leader, Korach and his henchmen say he is unfit and is a power grabber. He gives them a chance to redeem themselves and they don’t :( . Moses turns his eyes heavenward and says “But if the Lord creates a creation, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them and all that is theirs, and they descend alive into the grave, you will know that these men have provoked the Lord." Numbers 16;30

As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the earth beneath them split open.

And a final story: King Solomon is building the temple and wants G-d’s presence to shine. Solomon raises his eyes heavenward and says  And now, arise, O Lord God to Your resting place, You and the Ark of Your might; Your priests, O Lord God, shall be attired with salvation, and Your pious ones shall rejoice with the goodness. O Lord God, do not turn back the face of Your anointed one; remember the kind deeds of David Your servant." Chronicles II 6;41

And when Solomon finished praying, and the fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the House.

Here are 3 cases where the Torah (and Tanach) tell us that someones prayers were answered immediately. 3 stories where people are trying to effect, real G-dly change revealing G-d in the mundane world. and are answered immediately  
Solomon revealed G-dliness on the Temple mount. 
Moses revealed G-dliness in the Jewish leadership. Both are answered as soon as they finish speaking.

Issac was a holy man who grew up in a holy environment, Rebecca grew up in a very unholy environment. Rebecca leaves a mundane world to create a holy family - t facilitate this G-d doesn't even wait for Eliezer to finish praying Even before he finished speaking G-d answers. 

So when you want G-d to answer your prayers, let me suggest you learn from Samuel the lawyer, make this world a holier place. Pray to G-d for Health so you can make this world a holier place. Pray to G-d for financial stability so you can make this world a holier place, and then do it make this mundane world into a more G-dly world.

See you at the Shabbos minyan 9:30 am followed by a sit down Kiddush.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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