I was wondering if it is better to pray for a solution to a problem or pray for the strength to do it oneself. I would also be happy for a link to a passing prayer or discussion. Thank you!

  • see psalm 62.2 with comments
    – kouty
    Apr 24, 2019 at 19:04
  • @kouty Which comments are you referring to?
    – DonielF
    Apr 24, 2019 at 23:46
  • I am refering to the Sefer Haykarim in the 4th part I think, he says that you don't know what is good for you, so it's not right to ask a detailed request
    – kouty
    Apr 25, 2019 at 4:03
  • What does "passing" mean in this context?
    – msh210
    Apr 25, 2019 at 8:44
  • Why not pray for both?
    – user16556
    May 26, 2019 at 7:19

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I can't point to specific sources; but while initiative is certainly important, the entire point of prayer in Judaism is recognizing that you Can't do it yourself. Of course anything one does "himself" is also only through the help of G-d, but it seems that praying for a solution that doesn't require one's strength or involvement would be the easier way to attain this mindset

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