Through tefillah, we are able to bond with Hashem in an irrepressible manner. Tefillah centers us on how dependent we are on Hashem for everything in our lives. From the seemingly miniscule to the apparently significant events, all is personally taken care of by HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
However, the messages we receive from the Western world media is precisely the opposite. ‘Your strength and intellect has brought you success’ is what is being told to us. Just as soon as we reinforce our minds and hearts with emuna, we walk into the ‘big world’ and our vantage point is smashed to smithereens.
At that point, we are plunged into thinking once again that we are calling the shots, and the more we do, the more we will accomplish. The matter of hishtadlut vs. emuna is beyond the scope of this emuna lesson, but it has been discussed previously. For now, the main point is to understand that in order for us to reach a point where we attain a level of unwavering emuna free from worry and anxiety is no simple task. Working on emuna is a lifelong mission for each and every one of us, as we are told by Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe ztk’l. However, we must not forget that Hashem gave us the power to strengthen or even create our emuna through tefillah.
Tefillah is that time of day that reminds us how much we need Hashem every step of the way. Walking away from tefillah should be an invigorating experience filled with reconnection and realignment to the truth; that Borei Olam is intimately involved and governing the world and therefore we have nothing to worry about.