“Merton once remarked that the Church and the world do not need people to talk about prayer, think about prayer or write about prayer nearly as much as they need people to pray. Until we go to pray there is no prayer.
And when we go to pray we confront our poverty and our helplessness. We find we can offer only the widow’s mite which is small yet great in God’s eyes for it is all we have.”
(James Finley. Merton’s Palace of Nowhere. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1978, p. 116-17.)
All of the various “about prayer” activities in my life are empty apart from actual prayer. I won’t usually feel prayerful when it comes time to pray. I’ll feel more like a beggar coming to a benefactor. My small offering is the mustard seed through which God can grow something amazing.
How is God inviting you to simply pray?