56. When a Jew prays, his intention must be that the light in the Shechina should shine.
Even when we pray for ourselves, our intent should be, that it should not lack, above.
As we are a limb of the Shechina… so a lack below signifies lack above, hence our main prayer is for the Shechina.
Such a prayer is certainly accepted.
Such a prayer the satan does not counteract.
57. There are two ways a father shows love – one is love (giving,) the other is discipling (hurting – if the father didn’t care, he wouldn’t discipline….) In a similar vein, the original love for God was too intense, hence God had to withhold this love.
Additionally if there is a great love a father wishes to bestow upon his little child who cannot receive, the father may give him a smack, and then the father feels sorry, and as we know, the evoking compassion is a newfound love.
The thoughts of the Holy Tzaddikim, as God saw everything that would ever occur – and as past present and future by Him are all one – therefore he received in his original thought (“Machshavah Hakedumah De-ak”) for Creation, an insane pleasure (over the Nachas.)
Additionally when Moses went up to heaven, he heard God saying the words (of the future) sages – and the words which they say in the future, they draw down from God.
“And he blessed Josef etc. and He said, The Angel who redeemed me… Should bless your children” – The Zohar explains this is the blessing of children – for though one may be complete, until ones’ children are complete, they are not. – As our sages say, “May the children who come from you, be like you” – the wise son requests all for the pleasure of his father – and the father, upon seeing this, gives to the children – and this is how the Jewish people bless their Father in Heaven.
59. There are those due to their Torah and prayer, they evoke great love and awe for God, and then there are those, precisely as they lack enthusiasm in Torah and they feel distant, that this causes a deeper desire.