A Prayer for these Troubling Times

There have been so many bloggers that have so beautifully expressed thoughts similar to my own (see here and here). Each time I sat down to write an article about “current events,” I was faced with fellow bloggers expressing what I wished to, and I kept asking myself, what could I add to the public discourse?  And beyond current events, there are troubles in our world which don’t make daily headlines, and there are so many suffering.

After reading each of these pieces, I found myself saying a silent prayer to God asking for insight, patience, love and above all else, His help. And then it occurred to me that that is exactly what I should do: write a prayer for these troubling times.

Feel free to recite this, as well. And, as is true with all prayer, feel free to add your own prayer to the following words.

Dear God:
In these troubling times, I turn to You for help, as I do at all times. I cannot begin to understand Your ways so I merely submit my will to Yours. Please guide me and help me as we continue to experience so many difficult events.

Teach me to be accepting of others and seeing the good in everything that happens. Let our enemies lay down their arms and accept You as the true King.

May we experience more uplifting events, as the birth of a baby daughter to the Brauns, after their little Zissel was murdered last year.

May no other family have to suffer the pain and trauma of another terrorist attack.

May our politicians act in a way that is in accordance with Your will and Your vision of our world.

May the world leaders find other subjects to occupy their time instead of focusing on our country.

May those suffering in silence due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse find comfort with You guiding them to proper care and support.

May all of Your children, regardless of sexual orientation, be seen as YOUR children and each as a tzelem Elokim.

May those awaiting a get be granted one immediately.

May anti-Semitism disappear, and may all those who worship at the altar of anti-Semitism see the error of their ways.

May you enable Your children to truly unite as one.

May the barren bear children and those who wish to get married find their mate destined for them.

I know this is a long list, God, but You have instructed us to turn to You for ALL of our troubles. So, in these troubled times, I turn to You and ask for Your help in these and all other matters that are causing ANY pain and ANY suffering.

May it be Your will to finally bring the אור חדש (the new light) and dawn of a new era. May we then be able to sing before You the שירה חדשה, the “new song,” the song of the Final Redemption.


About the Author
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.