Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #2

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

When we daven, we say the Tefilot in the Siddur and also add what we want to say to Hashem. Believe it or not, Hashem really does want to hear from us. He wants us to praise him, to thank him and to ask for what we need. But it is also important to remember that we aren’t just davening for ourselves and for our families and friends. Rav Kook zt”l says that our davening is like a test. Do we care only about ourselves or do we care for all of Klal Yisrael? When we daven, we are supposed to connect our Tefilot with all of Klal Yisrael. This doesn’t just make our Tefilot more powerful. It also raises them. It makes them more important as we are asking for things that all of Klal Yisrael needs. We ask for Mashiach, for the Beit Ha-Mikdash, for the sick to be healed, for us all to be in Eretz Yisrael, and many more things. Those aren’t just things that you and I need. They are things all of Klal Yisrael needs.