Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

To Ask

sunset-over-cloudsHere’s a short meditation on asking G-d for guidance and support to live a life of righteousness. It’s a nice opening prayer for a moment – or an hour – of reflection on the journey of t’shuva, the journey of repentance, return to G-d and the commitment to a life of righteousness. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


To Ask
Holy One,
G-d of my heart,
What is it that You ask of me,
In my joy and wonder?
What is it that You ask of me,
In my grief and pain?
What is it that You ask of me,
In my vitality and strength?
What is it that You ask of me,
In my weakness and decline?

Ancient One,
Grant me the will and the desire,
The spirit and the purpose,
To serve You with love.
To ask for Your guidance.
To seek Your help.
To do Your will.
To learn Your Torah.
To act with righteousness.
To live with humility.
To rejoice in all Your gifts.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Click here for the full list of prayers for the Yamim Noraim, including prayers for the New Year, meditations on death and mourning and a link to yizkor and memorial prayers. Also, check out this list of prayers for the month of Elul.

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4 Responses to “To Ask”

  1. lindaaisaacsjr

    How wonderful it is for me, to be able to read the words of others, that I wish I could write myself. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing!

  2. carolnemitz

    I love and agree with this prayer, so holy!….and as a Christian I end it with my Savior’s Name as He instructed His followers, my personal favorite ending to a prayer is …in Jesus (Yeshua’s) Name, and in The POWER of His Holy Spirit…AMEN! And His Precious Voice reverberates back to us in John 14:13~~~“And anything that you will ask in My Name I shall do for you, that The Father may be glorified in His Son.”


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