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Published 9-17-10

Tzvi Freeman, Frederick William Farrar, Emily Dickinson


Dear Readers,

I have always believed that God answers all sincere and humble
prayers from His children: that the answer is either "yes," "no,"
or "not now." And that's probably not too far from the truth.
But then I read the explanation below and fireworks went off in
my head. I believe the writer is closer to the truth than I've been.

What if the answer is always "yes," and we just can't always see it
because it's obscured by the grime of this world? And even better,
that the day will come when we'll hold all those answered prayers,
those sparkling blessings bursting with love, in our grateful hands?

- Lisa

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How could it be that a prayer goes unanswered?
Some will tell you that every prayer is answered,
but sometimes the answer is "no."

Those who say this do not understand the secret of prayer.
For prayer is when a consciousness below breaks out of its ego
and causes delight to the Consciousness above. And when delight
is brought Above, it must return below.

So some will tell you that, yes, the prayer is always answered,
but perhaps only in a spiritual realm. Not always can a prayer
affect the coarseness of our material world.

But this cannot be, for the consciousness below did not pray
for a spiritual blessing, but for a material one. From the
place the prayer came from, to there the blessing must return.

Rather, it must be that every prayer is answered, in our world,
now, for the one who prayed and for that which he prayed.

The problem is only in the packaging -- that it is wrapped in the
artifacts of our coarse and dark world, so that at times we cannot
see through the wrappings to discover the answer to our prayer.

But there will be a time when all of us will return to the One Above
with all our hearts, and then all the concealment of this world
will be shattered. The wrappings will fall away and we will
see how each prayer was answered in its time.

And we will hold all the blessings
of all those millennia in our hands.

Tzvi Freeman
Based on the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Courtesy of


Our prayers are God's opportunities.
What will prayer do for you?
My answer is this:
Everything that God can do for you.

Frederick William Farrar
British preacher and theological writer

The Last Word:

Prayer is the little implement
through which men reach;
where presence is denied them.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
American poet






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)
American poet


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