When praying, advance in gradual stages. 1 Do not exhaust all your strength at the beginning of prayer. 2 Commence with composure and in the midst of prayer attach yourself with great deveikut. Thus you will even be able to recite the words of the prayer expeditiously. 3

Though unable to pray with deveikut at the outset of prayer, recite the words with great kavanah (devotion). Strengthen yourself bit by bit until [God] will help you to pray with intense deveikut. 4