Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #13

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

In Birkot Ha-Shachar in the prayer "A person should always be in fear and awe of Hashem both in private and in public," we tell Hashem that it’s not due to our righteousness, good deeds or strength that we can turn to Him. "It’s only because of Hashem’s great mercy." When we daven, sometimes we forget that davening is not a magic trick. Hashem doesn’t have to do something simply because we ask for it. Hashem doesn’t owe us anything. We owe Hashem everything. He has given us all that we have - as individuals, Jews and human beings. And one of the things He has given us is the ability to daven to Him.