healing prayer

The Meiri taught that one should always know that prayer when performed correctly is always effective. In the case when someone is suffering some hardship in their home or one of their family members has fallen ill, he should go to a Hacham and learn from him the appropriate way to pray, so that his prayers will be affective. [The Ramah (Rav Mosheh Iserliss) saw it differently, saying that he should go to a Hacham in order that the Hacham should pray for the one who was ill.]

I took away from this that the Meiri is teaching us that all hardship is a means to clarify, purify and strengthen our prayer. In fact, I spoke about this earlier when I said that if we strengthen our prayer anyways, we're sending out a signal to HaShem that we don't want or need to suffer.


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