The proper way to approach
According to some poskim, if one did not pray in the above manner, he has not fulfilled his obligation and must pray again (Bach, Eliya Rabbah). However, since there is a machloket (difference of opinion) on this point, one should try to do his best, but in the event that he does not pray in the aforementioned manner he should not pray again, out of concern that the second prayer may constitute blessings in vein. (Pri Megadim)
One should contemplate on the idea that only
The students of the Arizal write that when one says the phrase, “ozer dalim — helps the needy” (said just before the Shemoneh Esrei in the morning prayers) he should picture himself as a poor and destitute person. This applies even to someone who is rich, since he may in fact be poor when it comes to mitzvot and good deeds, and therefore unworthy to approach
One should never feel that his prayers should be answered just because they were said with proper intention. In fact, this type of attitude can actually make things worse for the worshiper, causing his sins to be recalled. The rationale for this is as follows: by feeling that one deserves to receive his request, he causes his records to be analyzed in Heaven to see if he is worthy. Once “the books have been opened” on one's past deeds, and they are being reviewed, a negative judgment can be rendered, taking into account one’s past sins.
The correct attitude is to rely totally on
The Maharal writes that one shouldn't ask
- Source: Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 98:3,5)