(from Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life)
This month, let's consider the spiritual practice of prayer. Prayer not as ritual but as a means to relationship; as conversation initiated by the Holy Spirit, in which our primary role is to listen.
In her excellent book Soul Feast, Marjorie Thompson writes: "Like the spiritual life itself, prayer is initiated by God. No matter what we think about the origin of our prayers, they are all a response to the hidden workings of the spirit within. God's desire for us ignites the spark of our desire for God."
In Listen, I add: "When I feel a desire to pray, it is God's spirit that stirs up that desire in the first place. ...1