What Is a Prayer?
There is no happier state in a man’s world than when he finds himself despaired with his own powers, meaning that he has already toiled and did everything he could possibly do, but there is no cure. This is so because at that time, he is worthy of a whole prayer for His help, for he knows for certain that his own work will not yield him the benefit. As long as he feels that he has some power of his own for the work, his prayer is not whole since the evil inclination rushes in and tells him that first, he must do all that he can, and then he will be desirable to the Creator.
It is said about that, “The Lord is high and the low will see.” After one has exerted in all sorts of labors and has become disillusioned, he arrives at a point of true lowliness. He knows that he is the lowest of all people because there is nothing in his entire body that is good. At that time, his prayer is whole and he is answered by His generous hand. The writi
ng says about that, “And the people of Israel sighed because of the labor…and their cry rose.
– Baal HaSulam, Letter no. 57