We live only in the “now”—nobody can actually live in the past or future. Our journey of faith is real only in the present moment and in the place where we actually live. Our calling and sending by Jesus are always in what comes to hand at the moment. They are an ongoing, living experience. All we have to do is open our hearts. God will do the rest. God’s eternal “Now” will touch us in our own “now.”
We open our hearts in prayer. In answer to the question Why do we pray?, St. Augustine pointed out that the reason is not to give God information about our needs, nor is it a matter of convincing him to respond to our needs. After all God does not change his mind, though from our point of view he may seem to. The mind that changes is our own. St. Augustine concludes that the reason we pray is in response to God’s grace moving us so that we are ready to receive his gifts.
Here and now, Lord, I need your grace to live this day in a manner pleasing to you. You are more ready to give me what I need than I am able to understand what I really need. I put myself entirely in your care.