The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
“Allah, the Blessed and Exalted has said, ‘I have divided the prayers between Myself and My slave, into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ When the slave says, ‘Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, Allah says, ‘My slave has praised Me.’ When the slave says, ‘The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy,’ Allah says, ‘My slave has extolled me.’ When the slave says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgement,’ Allah says, ‘My slave has glorified me.’ When the slave says, ‘It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help, ‘Allah says, ‘This is between me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.’ When the slave says, ‘Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who receive You anger, nor of those who go astray,’ Allah says, ‘All these are for My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.” (Recorded in Sahih Muslim)
This a great and important hadith. If everyone kept this in when they prayed, they would attain immense khushu and al-Fatihah would have a great impact on them. How could it be otherwise when one feels that their Lord is addressing them and giving them what they asked for?
This ‘conversation’ with Allah must be respected and accorded its proper value. The Messenger of Allah peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
“When any one of you stands to pray, he is conversing with his Lord, so let him pay attention to how he speaks to Him.” (Recoded in Al-Hakim 1/236)