Before praying have in mind that you are prepared to die from the kavanah (concentration) during the prayer. Some people concentrate so intensely that it may be natural for them to die after reciting [just] two or three words before God, blessed be He.

Bearing this in mind, say to yourself: “Why would I have any ulterior motive or pride from my prayer when I am prepared to die after two or three words?”

Indeed, it is a great kindness of God to give me the strength to complete the prayer and remain alive. 1