“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What if God does not demand prayer as much as gives prayer? … What if praying means opening ourselves up to the gift of God’s own self and presence? What if our part in prayer is primarily letting God be giver? Suppose prayer is not a duty but the opportunity to experience healing and transforming love? … Instead of prayer being another demand that threatens to deplete your energy further, it could become the place of replenishment and access to the love which gives life meaning … Our prayer is not making conversation with God. It is joining the conversation that is already going on in God.
-from The Word is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture by Martin L. Smith.
(Found in Space for God by Don Postema.)