Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mashiach on Hitbodadut

Prayer can take on multiple forms. In the life and teachings of Mashiach we find diverse examples. He spoke of a man who found forgiveness while praying standing in the temple. His students prayed communally in "the upper room." Mashiach himself never passed up an opportunity to pronounce a ritual public blessing before eating or drinking. However, Yeshua's unequaled emphasis on prayer is the teaching of hitbodadut. Literally translated the word means "seclusion." Alone in the hills and in hidden places Mashiach prayed most often. According to Rebbe Nachman of Breslau this is the only way to build a personal relationship with G-d. Yeshua demands sincerity from his followers; his way in prayer is an intimate conversation with a Father who knows the needs of his children.

"And when you pray, you will not be like the hypocrites; they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, so they can be seen by the world. In truth I tell you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, don't use vain repetitions like the nations do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Don't be like them; for your Father knows the things you need of, before you ask him."

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