Prayer with great joy1 is certainly much more acceptable before [God], blessed be He, than prayer in sadness and with weeping. 2

A parable for this would be the case of a pauper petitioning and beseeching a king with great weeping: he will receive but little. With a minister, however, who joyfully recounts the king’s praises before him and in that context also submits his request, the king will give him a very large gift as befits the minister’s stature. 3