Praying At The Western Wall

Q. I got a letter from a Jewish organization yesterday. Included was a blank form for me to write my prayer requests and return to them. They say they’re going to Israel later this summer and will recite my requests at the Western Wall. My question is, is it okay to do that? I thought we’re only supposed to pray directly to God.

A. You say this is a Jewish organization. Are they also believers in Jesus? Either way, sending a message to Israel with someone you don’t know who promises to pray for you there is going to a lot of unnecessary effort. You can get a message to God immediately by just praying yourself. There’s no harm in sending a prayer to Israel, but it won’t give your prayer any extra power. The novelty of the experience is the only extra value you can gain.

If you want your prayer to have extra power, get a couple of believers you trust and ask them to pray with you in support of your request. Jesus said, “If two of you on Earth agree about anything you ask for it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them” (Matt. 18:19-20).

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