Question: Maybe G-d is Marking My Prayers As Spam?

Question:

I pray all the time. But how do I know that G-d reads my prayers? Maybe he is marking them as spam?

Answer:

Hmmm… that’s an interesting question. I never received such a question before. Plus, I don’t really have access to G-d’s “inbox” so I have no way to know.

So let’s think about it together.

What makes spam email – spam?

I’d think it has to do with the fact that the spammer, who is often also a scammer, is simply trying to take advantage of me. Whoever sends that spam email doesn’t care at all about me. They are just trying to use me – either by hacking into my computer and installing some malicious software, by stealing my money or my identity.

In other words, they don’t care about me. They don’t care about having a relationship with me.

So how do you feel about your prayers to G-d?

Do you see it as a one-way street, where you just keep on asking without “being in a relationship”?

Being in a relationship with G-d means to care for what he cares. Like doing a Mitzvah, making the world a better place, and caring deeply for his creations.

Now, G-d is not limited like us, and he can definitely handle all prayer requests, regardless of where they come from.

But I am going to guess that having a relationship with G-d can make our prayers so much more powerful and successful.

May G-d answer all of our prayers!

Praying at the Kotel. Source: Pixabay
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Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is the Chabad Rabbi of Hackensack, and an editorial member of Chabad.org.
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