What is prayer?

Nothing more and nothing less than than the life of Jesus within us; the life of Jesus in us is our life. All that is required of those who would pray is to open one’s heart and mind to that life.

Jesus is the love of the Father made flesh for us, and all Jesus wants is for us to share that love and know the uniqueness, the vastness and absolute nature, of that love. Would that we could revel in that love always but the cares of our lives, both those of everyday and those which reflect the highs and lows of our humanity, mean that we sometimes struggle to find that openness.

St Paul was very aware of that when he said, ‘The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words’ (Rom. 8: 26)

Very simply, prayer is giving our time and attention to God. In this way we are immersed in the life of the Trinity, and find a love that makes us whole, a love that answers all our yearning and searching.