A life centered in God is not acquired by osmosis. One does not find God without looking, becoming aware, and then asking for a depth of understanding. Prayer is the language of seekers. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. The consistent habit of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A deepening relationship with Holy Mystery is the ultimate response.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Examine your desire and your search for a relationship with the Mystery of God.
And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
The whole reason why we pray is to be united into the vision and contemplation of God to whom we pray.
Julian of Norwich
Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.
Teresa of Avila
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
In our search for the holy, there are times when our restless preparations smother the very truth for which are searching. We decorate our rooms and make elaborate preparations for our prayer, when a single flower and a moment of waiting are all we need to meed the One Who Comes.
The wish to pray is a prayer in itself.
Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. That puts us in the “on-top” position, where we are competent and in control. But when praying, we come “underneath,” where we calmly and deliberately surrender control.
Richard J. Foster
It is not well for a man to pray cream, and live skim milk.
Henry Ward Beecher
Pray as you can, not as you can’t.
Prayer is the link that connects us with God.
A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.
Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. God is the giver of all prayer.