People are accustomed to looking at the Heavens and wondering what happens there. It would be better if they would look within themselves to see what happens there.
Rabbi Menachem Mendl of Kotsk
Typically we think of prayer like Rabbi Menachem Mendl of Kotsk refers to in his first statement. We think of it as outpouring—calling out to God, often unanswered. The word “to pray” in Hebrew is Lehit’palel. This is a reflexive verb, meaning there is a give and take implied within the word itself. “To pray” in Hebrew is to look inward, to receive as well as to pour out.
Try to think about what you receive when you pray, as well as what you give.