Nothing can serve as a substitute for Hashem's compassion. We resemble rich kids with a rich Father in Heaven Who created us in order to show us His compassion. Who is senseless enough to believe that such a Father won't answer our prayers? The truth is our prayers aren't answered because we don't believe in Him strongly enough, for if we really believed in Hashem, we would cry out to Him from the depths of our hearts!
So many people write me with problems in health, finances, peace in the home, and the like. I advise many of them to talk to Hashem for an hour a day. Many respond that they have no time! This is the reaction of a person who is a captive in the Yetzer's prison. How can anyone say that he or she has no time for Hashem?!? They have time for doctors, lawyers, psychologists, repairmen, matchmakers, accountants and employment agencies – just to name a few – but they have no time for Hashem? That's like the son of the rich man who walks around in rags: people say to him, "Why don't you ask your wealthy father for a few dollars?" The disheveled young man answers that he has no time.
Effective prayers are sincere and humble appeals for Hashem's mercy. We must come to the realization that we deserve nothing. Many people say to me, "I didn't ask to come down to this world – why should I have to pray?" According to the Zohar, you begged to come down to this world in order to receive your soul correction. A famous parable by the Maggid of Dubnov elaborates on this concept.
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