Confession: I used to think using a tallit when you pray was weird.
It’s true. I did. And it took a dramatic event to change my mind.
Awhile ago, something happened that made me feel spiritually uncovered. When this thing happened, I could really feel the absence of that spiritual covering right away.
It was horrible. The only way I can describe that feeling is: it felt like I had been tossed out on the interstate highway of spiritual warfare with little-to-no protection from oncoming cars. I felt like I was suddenly on the front lines of battle with no army behind me.
I went home, crumpled to the floor of my study, and cried.
I had a tallit that a friend had given me. It sat on the shelf and had for a long time, because I always thought using a tallit was weird. But my pastor had always taught us that it represented the covering of God.
As I sat on the floor of my study that day, I needed covering. I felt so exposed. So I retrieved that tallit. I put it over my head like it was a shield between me and the world–a shield between me and the battle. And you know what?
God covered me.
I could feel it. There was a noticeable difference in how I felt and how much peace I had when I had my tallit over my head, and when I didn’t.
So I stuck with it. I kept that thing with me. I slept with it at night because I needed that covering. It was a rough time. Eventually I got that spiritual covering back and everything became ok again. But I had learned a valuable lesson by experience about tallits:
A tallit represents covering, and using one brings supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
It’s been quite awhile now since the incident above happened, but I’ve continued to use my tallit while I pray and at other times. If you’re interested in using a tallit too, let me tell you about my 3 favorite ways to use a tallit:
1. I use a tallit when I pray to represent God’s covering and His secret place.
Psalm 91 tells us:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust” (verses 1-2).
“He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (verse 4).
The secret place of the Most High is that place right in God’s throne room, where you are aware of God and God alone. It’s that place where it’s just you and Abba Father, and it’s where all things are made right again.
And somehow, when I cover my head with my tallit, any place becomes the secret place. The tallit blocks out the world and helps me focus in on Him alone. It’s His wing; I can feel His feathers covering me.
Placing my tallit over my head when I pray helps me enter quickly into radical encounter with Jesus.
2. I use a tallit to represent my covering over women I mentor.
I met recently with a dear friend of mine whom I was going to mentor. It was our first meeting. When we sat down, I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to place my tallit over her shoulders. [Read more...]