As I have offered spiritual direction to people over the years, people have asked how to develop a better prayer life with the hope that I had a magic or simple solution. There are many practices or habits one could adopt, like befriending silence, walking a labyrinth, lectio divina, centering prayer, keeping a journal, or working in a soup kitchen. Yet the first questions are really, “What is your heart’s desire? What is your longing?” Can we recognize our response to God’s extravagant love as the Spirit’s gentle nudge and soft push to develop practices of openness, receptivity, and gratitude?
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Consider the author’s questions in today’s reflection.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. ”
—Romans 8:26-27 (NRSV)
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