The Wisdom in Knowing How Prayer Works by Rabbi Eli Mallon

Believe what you ask for in prayer, and it will be given unto you.
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“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Exodus 14:21, KJV.

The Wisdom in Knowing How Prayer Works
by Rabbi Eli Mallon
April 20, 2022

Yeshua (Jesus) said:

“... whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

It is the essential element of how “petitionary” prayer works: God responds to us in kind. It has an echo in a Midrash(1) about the crossing of the Red Sea, which by tradition took place on the 7th night of Pesach (Passover).

In that Midrash, Mosheh (Moses) stretched his staff over the Red Sea, but nothing happened until the 1st Israelite jumped into the water and moved forward until it was up to his lower lip. Then the waters parted.

The Midrash tells us that this 1st Israelite was Nachshon ben Aminadav, who was a prince of the tribe of Yehudah (Judah). Mosheh expressed the request that the waters' part, but Nachshon(2) affirmed (his action is a form of prayer) that the waters would in fact part for him; his imagination entertained no other image than that the waters had already parted.

In Yeshua's words, Nachshon “believed that (he) had received it.”

As princes of the tribe of Yehudah, Nachshon and his father Aminadav were ancestors of David, then of Yeshua. They appear as #8 (Aminadav) and #9 (Nachshon) in Matthew's genealogy; #'s 28 & 29 in Luke's.

Hag Sameach,(3)

Rabbi Eli Mallon

Footnotes:
(1) Midrash: (Hebrew) an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures, attached to the biblical text. The earliest Midrashim come from the 2nd century AD, although much of their content is older.
(2) In the Hebrew Bible, 'Nahshon' was a tribal leader of the Judahites during the wilderness wanderings of the Book of Numbers. In the King James Version, the name is spelled Naashon.
(3) Hag Sameach; (Hebrew) a term meaning, “happy holiday.”

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