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Section:  Avodah   Category: Shmoneh Esrei
Part 20 Shmoneh Esrei: ViSechezena - Meriting the Geula The Old Fashioned Way
You should understand that you will merit through your own merit. Because what is in your own merit you will be able to see but if it is in the merit of the Avos, you will not be able to see. Therefore, the wife of Lot was not capable of seeing the destruction of Sodom because their (Lot and his family) rescue was in the merit of Avrohom. Therefore HaKadosh Baruch Hu promised to redeem the Jewish people in the future in their own merit as it is written "Avrohom did not know us..." (Yeshaya 63:16, i.e. in the end of days, Avrohom will not daven to save us) rather HaKadosh Baruch Hu will redeem Am Yisroel in the merit that they bear this bitter galus (exile), receive it with love, believe in His oneness, and hope for His salvation (metzapim l'yeshua) as it was in Mitzrayim that they were redeemed in the merit of emuna. And therefore it is written "for they shall see, eye to eye, Hashem returning to Zion..." (Yeshaya 52:8) and likewise our request "Ve Sechezena Einenu" (let our eyes see in Your return to Tzion)

This is a short, practical version of Ya'aros Devash 1:1 which Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe zt"l condensed in Alei Shur pg.123. The original contains all kinds of fascinating mystical insights. The interested reader is referred to Ya'aros Devash 1:1, starting about half-way through.