Indeed, now is a critical time to engage in prayer and it is essential to remember that this spiritual activity must increase our sense of responsibility, not diminish it.
As we pray, let us seek the wisdom to act wisely, to act compassionately, to act with our best selves. Also, let us engage in honest reflection about where we can do better, be they in ways small or big.
If we do so, we do not have to wonder if our prayers will be answered. The very way we behave after offering them tells us everything we need to know.
As Rabbi Hayim David HaLevy reminds us, “when people offer a prayer, it isn’t really about changing God’s will, it’s about changing themselves”