بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself. And mentions the name of his Lord and prays. [Surat al-A’la, 87:14-15]
I kind of want to stop here and not add anything because I feel this aya says enough. You are successful if you work at purifying yourself, remember the name of your Lord and pray. But I want to emphasize the prayer aspect. Allah tells Moses (may peace be upon him) in Surat TaHa to establish prayer for the remembrance of God. We are told elsewhere in the Qur’an that the remembrance of God gives the heart rest.
So the prayer is designed to enable us to remember God, no matter what we are doing, and find rest. This dunya (worldy life) can be a burden. We don’t realize it. So Allah is inviting us to tranquility. To forget the temporariness of the world and enter the realm of the Permanent.
When we pray, let it all out in the salaah. Remember that it is there for you to remember, and that remembrance is the cool water that washes over your sometimes-anguished heart. Allow yourself to feel God’s mercy descend upon you as you recite “Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem” [The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful]. Remember who took care of you when you recite “Rabb of all of the Worlds” [Rabb has many meanings, one of which is the Nurturer]. Feel how close you are to Him when you prostrate. Allow yourself to feel serenity. Let go.
This salah series on suhaibwebb.com can help to develop more devotion in prayer, inshAllah: