There's nothing tricky about prayer. It's simply tuning in to God's presence - and God is always present. Not simply alongside you, but within you at the deepest part of who you are.
You never have to get God's attention. You have God's total attention. Always. Everywhere.
You never have to make an appointment with God. You're "first on the list." Your appointment is always "right now."
When you call God, you never get voice mail. It's direct.
To draw near to God, you don't have to travel anywhere. God does all the traveling.
You don't have to figure out the right words to get started. God is already speaking to you. All you have to do is turn off the "mute" button.
The reason you pray is to become more who you are. You're made in the image and likeness of God. When you pray, you become more and more like God.
Try it. You can use words if you wish. But you can also just sit quietly with God. It's a fine way to spend a few minutes.
The Sunday reflections in this year's Little Book will offer tips for prayer.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw