We study previously the meaning of prayer of the poor. In another place in Psalms we read ‘A prayer of Moses…’;
“תְּפִלָּה לְמֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים אֲדֹנָי מָעוֹן אַתָּה הָיִיתָ לָּנוּ בְּדֹר וָדֹר”
“A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations”
The Zohar asks about the difference between the two and answers that ‘prayer of the poor’ is a prayer of the ‘hand’. It is the aspect of begging to fill some lack in our lives and or fulfil a need. The ‘hand’ represents an empty vessel that has aspect of female, Malchut that doesn’t have light of its own.
‘Prayer of Moses’ is a prayer of the ‘head’ that is Zeir Anpin. We should not see the ‘prayer of the poor’ and ‘prayer of Moses’ as separate prayers because they should always be in unification and be considered as one.
The prayer of the poor is accepted first by the Holy One Blessed be He before the prayers of other because it is written.
“כִּי לֹא בָזָה וְלֹא שִׁקַּץ עֱנוּת עָנִי וְלֹא הִסְתִּיר פָּנָיו מִמֶּנּוּ וּבְשַׁוְּעוֹ אֵלָיו שָׁמֵעַ”
“He does not neglect the poor or ignore their suffering; he does not turn away from them, but answers when they call for help.”
The Zohar brings another explanation to the verse related to the prayer of the poor.
“תְּפִלָּה לְעָנִי כִי יַעֲטֹף וְלִפְנֵי יְהוָה יִשְׁפֹּךְ שִׂיחוֹ”
“A Prayer of the poor when he is faint and pours out his complaint before YHVH.”
‘A prayer’ implies to Moses that is Zeir Anpin. ‘of the poor’ is David, Malchut. ‘he is faint’ is the aspect of the moon, female, Malchut, when the Sun that is Zeir Anpin is hidden from Malchut/poor. ‘pours out his complaint before YHVH’ is the expression of the desire to connect and receive the Light from YHVH.
When the Zohar refers to the name ‘The Holy One Blessed be He’, the reference is to Light that comes from the Endless and fills the entire Tree of Life. King David describes in one short verse the power of the prayer of the poor as; God does ‘not neglect’, ‘not ignore’, ‘not turn away’ and ‘answer when they call’.
To understand this amazing power of prayers, we should go back to the study of Creation and the Tree of Life. The first step of Creation was to push away the light from a middle point and create a space that is lack of light, darkness. That step created a great desire to restore the light that was there before the restriction of the light. The space created is the aspect of ‘poor’ that is like a vacuum machine that is turned on when the desire for the light arises. ‘the prayer of Moses’ is the consciousness that is attached to the desire for the light.
This ‘poor’ principal works for positive and for negative desires/vessels. The greater the desire/vessel, the greater the light that is drawn into the vessel. The big difference is that the light that is drawn by negative desires, comes attached with judgments that bring the aspect of death and breaks the vessel sooner or later.
Selfish desires are considered as negative because a vessel must have opening for continuation of the received light, otherwise the vessel breaks.