Get rid of thoughts that keep you from concentrating on your prayers.

"(When davening) a person should not think about things that his body enjoys." (Rema, Orach Chaim 98:1) The Rif explains that someone who is worried, has trouble praying, and because of this, he prays for a shorter time. (Brachos 31A) Prayer is when we completely depend on Hashem. To begin with, a person should always give praise to Hashem, and afterwards pray. (Brachos 32A) When a person is busy worrying about what he needs, he cannot praise Hashem the right way.
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