שמע קולנו

“Hear our voice” invokes the awareness of a ‘Hearer’ who is listening to ‘our voice’. One who prays needs to gain, as much as possible, a real picture as if he is standing before a king who can truly hear his voice, and is listening to him cry out for mercy and for help. By calling out שמע קולנו, we begin to gain the sensory awareness that Hashem is actually standing over us. He can hear our voice and He is listening intensely to our tefillos.