Western Wall “Wishes”

When President Trump visited the Western Wall, the media reported on how written “wishes” are placed in the wall.  I thought that was odd terminology, so I googled it.  Indeed, I get more hits when I search for “Western Wall wishes” than I do when I search for “Western Wall prayers.”  A wish is just a desire, but a prayer is adoration, confession, and thanksgiving to God, then asking Him for our needs.  I thought that those orthodox Jews at the Western wall, swaying back and forth, were actually praying, but maybe they’re just wishing.

The wrong way:  “I wish I would get this thing.”

The right way:  “God, I love you (Jude 1:21).  You are the omnipotent creator (Revelation 4:11),  and I’m so grateful that you sent your Son to die for my sins (John 3:16).  I confess my specific sins to you … (1 John 1:9).  I thank you (specifically) for the blessings that you have given me this very day…(Colossians 4:2)  I ask that you would grant me this thing (Philippians 4:6), and the power and the will to use if for your glory (2 Corinthians 4:15).”

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