The Ba’al Shem Tov HaKadosh ztk’l teaches of the immense light of holiness that shines from one universe to the next each time we daven. Our souls become enveloped in a great light each time we attach ourselves to the words of tefillah. However we often get distracted by extraneous thoughts.
Each time a thought invades our minds during tefillah we should attempt to connect to Hashem through it. For instance, a fearful thought should be elevated back to its source by relating to yirat Shamayim (fear of heaven). When a thought connected to an unhealthy taiva (desire) comes to mind bind it to the love of Hashem. This is a remarkable process called the ‘release of holy sparks’ from their impure husks and returning them back to their source of goodness; much like redeeming a prisoner from its captives.
Hashem ‘listens’ to every thought, emotion and word; everything is taken into account. Our ‘battle’ to stay focused and filled with emotion during tefillah is a priceless gift we give to ourselves since we are rewarded with intense G-dly light of clarity and wholesomeness.
Focusing on the words of tefillah enables us to forget our corporal selves (our bodies) and bond to the Shechinah. Here we are completely alone with Hashem; a genuine soul-union with our Creator.