For in the life of prayer,
we bring ourselves into an openness
that makes it possible for us to be freshly aware of God’s presence.
it is not that [God]
is not present at other times
but that by this voluntary act of ours,
the act of prayer,
we are enabled to break with our outer preoccupation
and to become aware of the presence
and of what that presence does to search
and to transform and to renew us
and to send us back into life again.
- Douglas V. Steere