Torah Study and Prayer / Overcoming the Evil Inclination / Countering mental confusion and folly with the light of wisdom
Only through Torah study is it possible to overcome the false ideas that the Evil Inclination tries to plant within us. We should look for the wisdom ained in all things in order to be able to understand God's messages to us and to attach ourselves to Him through everything in the world. Exile has detracted from the chen grace and favor of the Jewish People, and from our status in the world. Torah study helps to restore them, leading to the acceptance of our prayers.
HaShem our God and God of our fathers:
Help me to be able to study, teach and practice Your holy Torah for its own sake at all times, and to keep the Torah at the forefront of my mind day and night.
The Power of Torah Study
Through the merit and power of Torah-study, give me the strength to conquer and break my evil inclination and drive it out of myself.
Help me rid myself of the foolish spirit that has taken hold of me because of the wrong I've done. I'll be able to get free by studying and keeping the Torah, which is entirely made up of Your holy Names. The power of the Torah will overcome any sway this foolishness may have over me. Just help me drive it out and remove it from myself and my life.
Please, HaShem: You know the many thoughts that trouble me every single moment of the day and distract me from serving You properly. They are all caused by the foolish spirit that has taken hold of me because of the wrong I've done and all my sins and transgressions. My mind is in turmoil, and my good sense and intelligence have been severely impaired.
Father in Heaven: You are good to all and merciful to all Your creatures. Forgive me and save me from destruction. Loving God: Give me the strength to conquer my own foolishness and drive it out of myself by studying and practicing Your holy Torah.
The Mitzvot of the Evil Inclination
Be kind to me and help me not to fall prey to the irrational appeals of my evil inclination. It tries to influence me and prevent me from
serving You properly by dressing up its promptings as mitzvot, as if trying to persuade me to do something right and proper. The truth is that these mitzvot which it dresses itself in are a hidden trap, as You alone know. Please, HaShem, have compassion on my poor soul and save me from the promptings of the evil inclination. Let it have no power to deceive me with these distractions.
I am throwing my whole burden upon You, HaShem, my God and God of my fathers. I am relying on You alone to lead me lovingly on the straight, true path at all times and in everything I do. Let my every movement be in complete accordance with Your will, and don't let me turn aside from what You want either right or left.
You know that we are flesh and blood it is impossible for us to always know exactly what You want. I appeal to You to show me Your love and help me. Do not let the evil inclination have any power to unsettle and distract my mind with any kind of foolishness and irrationality whatsoever. Let me rely on You alone. Show me Your great love, and lead me on the path of truth at all times. Let all my actions, activities and behavior, and those of my children, mydescants and all who
dep on me, be in full accord with Your good will at all times, from now on and for ever.
Loving God: Help me to be able to strengthen the power of holiness so as to overcome the power of evil. Help me to strengthen my good inclination against the evil urge.
The wisdom in all things
Grant me holy wisdom and intelligence. Let me always see all things in the light of the holy wisdom they ain, and so attach myself to You through everything in the world. Let me understand the constant messages and signals You s me to come closer to You.
O God: You are full of favor, ter mercy, kindness and goodness at all times. May it be Your will to have pity on me and shine upon me with grace and kindness. Grant me favor in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see me. S me words of grace and earment that will enter into Your heart. Accept my prayers and requests at all times, and fulfil Your promise to pour out on the house of David and those who dwell in Jerusalem a spirit of grace and earment.
Let the words with which we address You be words of grace and earment, and give them room to enter into Your heart, and let our words arouse favor and pleasure before the throne of Your glory.
Master of the World, see our poverty, our lowliness and shame. The grace and prestige of Your holy people Israel have fallen in this bitter exile. The Jewish People are despised and lowly in the eyes of the nations of the world and the wicked. All the grace and importance have fallen to them.
Take pity on Your great and holy glory, and exalt, raise up and magnify the grace and prestige of Israel, materially and spiritually. Bring down the idol-worshippers, the unholy and the wicked. Let them have no grace and status whatsoever either above or below. Exalt Your people Israel and hear and receive our prayers and cries at all times.
See our toil and look at our plight, and fulfil what is written: For He has not despised or spurned the suffering of the poor and He has not hidden His face from him. When he cries to Him, He hears.
Show us favor and answer us and hear our prayer. For You hear the prayers of every single one of Your people Israel in love. Blessed
are You who hears prayer.