How to combat two impediments to prayer:
1). arrogance & pride, 2). sin & negative thoughts.
note: based on the teachings of Nachman of Breslov, and his contemporary student, Mohorosh.(Lekutei Mohoron, Part 1, Lesson 97; The Inner Stream: Insights on the Parsha of the Week)
the antidote to arrogance and pride: sur meira (avoid evil) – Self-Abnegation (Bitul)
“For G-d has made me forget all my toil an all of my father’s household.” – Genesis 41:51
the antidote to sin and negative thoughts: asei tov (do good) – Holy Thoughts in prayer
“For G-d has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” – Genesis 41:52