The Main Witness
There are two states in the advancement toward the spiritual goal. The first state is when a person has the sensation, the force, and the support of the group and the Creator. A person feels the importance of the property of bestowal, and this pushes him to draw closer to the Creator.
He has the sensation and the desire; the Creator shows him that it's worthwhile to work on the spiritual goal. A person feels that there is a reward, meaning that he does not depend on faith: the property of bestowal within him. The sensation rouses love of friends and of the Creator.
In such a state, a person makes a covenant about love of friends and the Creator forever, for the future. What is this covenant with? It can't be the Creator because in a state of descent, when one will distance himself from the Creator, he won't feel His closeness, and the Creator won't bind him.
That's why the covenant has to be made with the group that can be felt in a state of descent as well. Through the group, we reach the agreement with the Creator: To always go by the path of bestowal to the Creator and the group. The group is a guarantee of the covenant. By making a covenant the entire group pledges to support each other and always hold the intention to bestow. They receive the Creator's help to the extent of their connection.
The second state comes after some time, when the state of excitement and connection is replaced by indifference, inability to feel any importance of the goal, the Creator, or the reward for a good attitude toward the friends and the Creator. A person is unable to think about love, connection, and bestowal.
A) If a person does not receive support from the group, he falls,, thinking that the Creator is unimportant and that there is no fulfillment or reward. He might leave the path altogether.
B) If the connection with the group awakens and attracts him, he is unable to drop everything and remembers the covenant that he has made. In a state of descent, the importance of bestowal vanishes since the reward disappears. And here a mutual guarantee, covenant, and connection with the group have to come to one's aid.
In this way, a person returns to the covenant, to the state of goodness, love, and connection. He remembers that he has to go by faith above reason, above his current state of indifference as though the sensation that once gave him strength does exist and is even stronger!
In this way, a person wants to go by "faith above reason" (bestowal over reward). He then understands that he can receive strength from the Creator. And this brings him to a prayer.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/5/10, "What is the Matter of My Making A Pact in the Work"