Jesus said: “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt 7). The aim of prayer is union with God here and here-after. That is the kingdom of God. We do not arrive at this goal by calling out “Lord, Lord” but rather by giving ourselves over entirely to the mind, heart and will of God. That is why methods are far less important in prayer than attitude. Anyone with the attitude of the poor in spirit will arrive. Anyone without that attitude will not.
When we try to find God by much effort we may accomplish little. When we are crushed and have to let go and follow Jesus’ lead we are able to leap forward. There are people who labor mightily at prayer with small success and other people who find God in their hearts because they let him be in charge.
You call and I am here. It is enough to be here; you do not ask for fancy words or fancy thoughts. You do not need me but you want me—here. You draw me to look at you as you look at me. It is enough to look at you, to realize that you are looking at me.