Is Prayer Selfish?
On Rosh Hashanah, we all pray for a good, sweet, new year. But isn't this selfish? Why should we focus on our own needs rather than on how we can best serve Hashem? This is actually not a contradiction and the prayer of the Biblical Chana (Hannah), mother of the prophet Shmuel (Samuel), is the key to understanding how.
In this lecture, Rabbi Shais Taub explains all of this as well as how it connects to the 11th Step of AA's 12 Steps:
“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”