On Prayer

Leona Medina, a [17th-century] rabbi, once said very beautifully, if you were standing on the shore of a lake watching a guy pull his boat to the shore, and you were confused about mechanics and motion, you might think that he was pulling the shore to the boat. People make the same mistake when they pray. Whatever they want, they’re going to move God to it. But real prayer is when you pull yourself towards God. If you see it that way, then it makes not getting the result that you want not a disproof, but an understanding that maybe that wasn’t for you.

via The Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate: Why David Wolpe will argue against the motion, “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion.” – Slate Magazine.

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