ויאמר אלקים יהי אור ויהי אור
As we walk through life in search of Hashem, we ask, אלקים - יהי אור, Hashem I am in the dark, let there be light...please illuminate my world. When Hashem sees our genuine and sincere desire for His light, He responds, יהי אור – Let there be light.
With this concept, the Holy Baal Shem Tov is teaching us that the first step towards ruchniyus illumination is an honest awareness of your present situation. Only then can we daven that Hashem lights up our path so that we experience His presence in every aspect of our life.