in reality, prayer is the most intensive and most important accomplishment of our day. our prayers not only set the tone of what we will accomplish the rest of the day, but open up all manner of opportunities to make the day productive and meaningful.
as we see with any job, the harder we work initially, the more it pays off. so too with prayer, if we start our day with an intense foundation of tefillah, then every little action we take throughout the day will have tremendous spiritual and material repercussions.
something to think about the next time we are rushing through our prayers in order that we might start our day.