Mashiach on Hitbodadut / התבודדות …… The power of hitbodedut (Secluded Prayer)

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Prayer can take on multiple forms. In the life and teachings of our Holy Rabbi, Maran Yeshua Melech HaMashiach we find diverse examples. He spoke of a man who found forgiveness while praying standing in the temple. His students prayed communally in “the upper room.” Melech HaMashiach himself never passed up an opportunity to pronounce a ritual public blessing before eating or drinking. However, our Rabbi Yeshua’s unequaled emphasis on prayer is the teaching of hitbodadut (Hebrew:התבודדות, lit. “self-seclusion”). Alone in the hills and in hidden places Mashiach prayed most often.

According to Rebbe Nachman of Breslau this is the only way to build a personal relationship with God. Yeshua demands sincerity from his followers; his way in prayer is an intimate conversation with a Father who knows the needs of his children.

“And when you pray, you will not be like the hypocrites; they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, so they can be seen by the world. In truth I tell you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, don’t use vain repetitions like the nations do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Don’t be like them; for your Father knows the things you need of, before you ask him.”

When teaching people throughout Israel, gave us a model of how to pray. He lived it out by often retreating from the crowds to be alone with the Father, and then praying so intensely.

“It happened, that when he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him, Mori (teacher), teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” He said to them, “Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ and he from within will answer and say, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you’? I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs. “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won’t give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he asks for an egg, he won’t give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11

Why Pray?

1. We pray because we love God. We spend time with God in prayer and communion because we love him. Just as a man and woman in love desire to be together and communicate, so we – if we love God – will desire to be with Him and to fellowship with Him in proportion to our love for Him.

2. We pray because we depend on God. God is our source. He is our life. Through prayer we receive the comfort, the strength and all the other resources that we need in life – both naturally and spiritually. Prayer – relationship to God – is as necessary to the spiritual life as air to the natural life.

3. We need to pray in order to resist temptation. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” (Mt. 26:41). Much sin is the result of lack of prayer.

4. We need to pray because God commands us to pray. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2). “Then he [Yeshua] spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1). The need to pray is as great as the authority of God which commands us: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is so vital to all that God wants to do on the earth, and so essential to us, that God commands us to do it all the time.

6. We pray because Maran Yeshua, our model, prayed constantly Yeshua was always in perfect communion with the Father. He always knew what the Father wanted, what the Father was saying and what the Father was doing. Yeshua also took time to pray alone at night, in the morning before others were up (Mark 1:35), in times of crisis and temptation (Matthew 26:36, 39, 42). If the Messiah of God needed to pray, how much more we need it if we are going to be like Him.

  • Inquire  of the Lord (not Yeshua, but God) and run to him, and then let the issue go.
  • Go to God about even more decisions – smaller decisions – because He’s in the details of everything.
  • Ask God because He’s always with us and working through us – be mindful of Him.

Suffice it to say, let’s pray like we mean it!


The power of hitbodedut (Secluded Prayer)

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Hitbodedut – Emunah – Bitachon – Bitul

Hitbodedut (secluded prayer), Talking to HaShem on a daily basis brings us closer to simcha (Ultimate Joy). Why is simcha so important? HaShem says to us, {Devarim 28:47} “Because you did not serve HaShem your God with simcha and with goodness of heart, out of an abundance of everything”. Simcha therefore is the key to serving HaShem, and Emunah flows from there.

Give the benefit of the doubt to everyone especially HaShem” See the good in self even while walking through the darkest tunnels, see the good in others and of those who seem to hurt you. There are no coincidences. Every moment of our lives is a fun filled destined adventure. LIVE IT with full confidence in HaShem, self, and others.

Say and believe that “Gam Zu L’Tova” [this too is for the best] and so we come to that time when we are beginning to see in all events not only that it might in the end lead to something good, that there is a silver lining to every cloud, but that the cloud itself is good, gam zu, this itself, is l’tova, is good.

Bitul (Letting Go) with Emunah (faith) means that we let go of our fears and we let go and let HaShem.  Letting go plus Emunah equals to the process of knowing that everything is from HaShem the good drama and what we call the bad. Bitul (Let go and let HaShem), you will be greatly surprised by the outcome.

There will be days where obstacles are placed before you and you may think that HaShem is hiding from you or not on your side that day (God forbid). Just the opposite is true. It is a moment that will test your Emunah to see if you really believe that everything is from HaShem and all is good. When you want a ball to go farther you pull your hand back first then release; this is the same concept. NEVER, ever lose faith!

Emunah is something very powerful. Emunah is dependent in the mouth of a person. Therefore, a person should speak about Emunah. As it says (Psalms 89) “I will make known your faithfulness with my mouth” When a person falls into a lack of emunah here is a good idea how to snap back: “Talk emunah with your mouth” This in and of itself constitutes Emunah. Thank you HaShem! Sing to HaShem! Dance as if nobody is looking, know that He is rejoicing in you!

Trust in HaShem brings peace. Emunah (faith) produces Bitachon (trust) in HaShem. Bitul (Letting Go) helps a person see the hand of HaShem at work! A person who does not trust in HaShem tells lies. Lies prevent a person from trusting in truth.

Since prayer is a very powerful tool toward achieving Emunah, talking to HaShem in the form of Hitbodedut (secluded prayer) should be done on a daily basis.

Give your attitude to the world with Emunah (faith) and Bitachon (trust) with a twist of Simcha (joy)

Simcha with Emunah means to let go from the deepest pains that we hold so dearly. Want to experience joy with emunah? Cry out your pains to HaShem and from the tears will grow a clearing for joy to enter. Then let go, and let HaShem come into your life with emunah. Emunah B’Simcha comes from breaking away from the pain you are still holding.

The fact is that when one lives with Emunah life seems different. Accepting things with faith brings us calmer to everyday situations but in truth that doesn’t mean that just because we have faith that nothing will go seemly wrong in our life. Emunah is the base of life no matter during good times or not. Emunah strengthens us, it uplifts us and most of all it teaches us to let go and let God. Let’s work on building that base of emunah that is so vital to our daily life.

Go and speak to HaShem! Yala… While in hitbodedut one should talk to G-d about everything, ask him what areas you feel you need to improve, if you should be doing more of one thing, or less of a different thing. Through this Cheshbon HaNefesh (calculation of one’s deeds) you will be able to rid oneself of all fears and worries. You will no longer be afraid of any rulers, kings, wild animal, robbers or anything else in the world!  All your awe and fear will be toward G-d alone.

Our beloved it Rabbi, Maran Yeshua said: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Ein Od Milvado –  There is nothing beside Him!

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