One of the world's biggest misconceptions is that once Moshiach comes, everything will be hunky-dory. People think that Moshiach will pay our bills, materially and spiritually. That's not so. You'll still have to pay what you owe to the credit-card companies. Contrary to the non-Jewish notion of a "savior" who is a divine or semi-divine individual who will atone for our sins, every person will still have to do complete teshuva on his own. Because of the non-Jewish distortion of the word "messiah", we Jews stick to the term "Moshiach". Once Moshiach comes, the truth will be so apparent that teshuva will be like breathing air, a basic life requirement. We'll still have to make our spiritual effort in prayer, Torah learning, mitzvah observance and character perfection.
The Hebrew word Moshiach means "anointed"; he is Hashem's anointed King of Israel just as Hashem commanded Samuel the Prophet to anoint King David. Moshiach will be a great leader on all levels - spiritually, militarily and politically. He will bring peace to the world and end strife among the nations, for he'll bring everyone back to Hashem. And, he's a regular mortal like you and me. He'll know how to swim, but he won't walk on the water.
So, you might ask, if Moshiach isn't going to pay my mortgage, relieve my financial ills and let me spend the days on the golf course, why should I pray for him to come? Why should I even believe in him? You'll get the answers to these questions during our shiur this coming Wednesday.