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In our prayers we ask for the return of judges, the line of David as king and a return to Jerusalem among many other things. I am not aware of any prayer which asks for a return of prophecy, prophets or an individual request to achieve prophecy.

Does any such prayer exist as part of the formalized prayers included in any siddur nusach or denomination or has any such prayer existed previously (but is no longer in use)? If not, why not?

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  • Is that something we want? (excluding the specific prophets messiah/elijah assuming they will be prophets, for which there are already prayers.)
    – Double AA
    Dec 20, 2023 at 15:29
  • The prayers were formalised when there was still prophecy, although the Anshei Knesset Hagedola did seem to be just about still around when prophecy ended
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Dec 20, 2023 at 15:31
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    Perhaps it is because prophecy is a consequence of the messianic era. All the abovementioned are prerequisites of the messianic era. For example, we do not pray that each man sit beneath his grape vine and date tree in equanimity (Mikhah 4:4). We trust in the prophets that such will typify the reality of that future era. In the interim we pray for those aspects which are prerequisites (and perhaps within our hands to bring about) that future. Dec 20, 2023 at 16:01
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    @rikitikitembo attainment of character refinement and/or connection with God is the goal worth praying for, prophecy or not.
    – Double AA
    Dec 20, 2023 at 17:58
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    There is??? Ve'yoatzeinu kevat'chilah
    – The GRAPKE
    Dec 20, 2023 at 18:19

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Prophecy only existed when there was an inclination for idol worship (GRA on Seder Olam 30:2). The Sages prayed for the removal of that inclination and said "We do not want it, and we do not want its reward" (Sanhedrin 64a) i.e. prophecy. Praying for prophecy is the opposite of what they did.

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The Rambam believed prophecy will return in the year 1216, independent of the Messiah's arrival. This doesn't answer your question about the lack of a prayer, but it does show that the Gedolim looked forward to it:

To come back to Balaam's prophecy, the verse "After the lapse of time, one will tell Jacob and Israel what God hath wrought," (Numbers 23:23), contains a veiled allusion to the date of the restoration of prophecy to Israel. The statement means that after the lapse of an interval equal to the time that passed from the Six Days of Creation to Balaam's day, seers will again tell Israel what God hath wrought. Now Balaam uttered his prediction in the thirty-eighth year after the Exodus which corresponds to the year 2485 after the Creation of the World, for the Exodus took place in the beginning of the year 2448. According to the interpretation of this chronology, prophecy would be restored to Israel in the year 4976 after the creation of the world [1216 CE]. [Iggeret Teman]

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    This does not answer the question and should be a comment.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Dec 20, 2023 at 16:36
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    – Lo ani
    Dec 20, 2023 at 18:15

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