"To pray is to descend with the mind into the heart and there stand before the face of the Lord ever-present, all-seeing, within you."
Theophan the Recluse, as quoted by Henri Nouwen in "The Way of the Heart"
Real prayer penetrates the marrow of our soul and leaves nothing untouched
..it opens the eyes of our soul to the truth of ourselves as well as to the truth of God.
...hide absolutely nothing from God and surrender ourselves unconditionally to his mercy.
...prayer that does not allow us to limit our relationship with God to interesting words or pious emotions.
I'm asking God to make me prayerful in these ways.