“שָׁמְרָה נַפְשִׁי כִּי חָסִיד אָנִי הוֹשַׁע עַבְדְּךָ אַתָּה אֱלֹהַי הַבּוֹטֵחַ אֵלֶיךָ.”
“Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.”
“שַׂמֵּחַ נֶפֶשׁ עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי אֵלֶיךָ אֲדֹנָי נַפְשִׁי אֶשָּׂא.”
“Bring joy to Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I raise my soul.”
A person should start his prayer as a servant praising his master. The Psalms that we recite at the beginning of the prayer before the Amida, which is the silent prayer, are praises to YHVH. After the Amida, we are back to a state of a servant, and the third time as a servant after the entire prayer.
‘Save your servant’ (Psalms 86:2), ‘bring joy to your servant’ from Psalms 86:4, and ’grant Your strength to Your servant’ (Psalms 86:16) represent the three times we pray as servants before God.
“פְּנֵה אֵלַי וְחָנֵּנִי תְּנָה עֻזְּךָ לְעַבְדֶּךָ וְהוֹשִׁיעָה לְבֶן אֲמָתֶךָ.”
“Turn to me and have mercy; grant Your strength to Your servant; save the son of Your maidservant.”
During the Shema Israel prayer, we set ourselves as Martyrs, ready to give our souls for the process of unification with the Light.
When we start the Shema Israel prayer we meditate to accept the four types of death. during the first words of the Shema. This meditation is considered for us as if we gave our souls as martyrs.
The Amida is at the level of Atzilut. To open doors for our prayers in this high level we need to pray as poor and needy with a broken heart to be included with the prayer of the poor that easily pass the gates of prayers in heavens.