Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #14

[adapted 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 we are the children of Hashem’s Brit (covenant) and the children of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. Hashem has a covenant with us, a permanent bond created by Hashem. It lasts forever because it was created by Hashem. This is different than a merit. When we say we have the merit of our fathers and mothers, this will only help us if we live up to their example. To get their merit we need to try to have the connection to Hashem and to follow Him just as they did. Hashem is waiting for us to do this. We say that Hashem loved Yaakov, and He loves us- his children- as well.