I used to think that prayer was a spiritual exercise—
something that needed to be worked at, like running or vaulting.
But I was never any good at sports, and perhaps I would never be any good at prayer either.
After years of feeling useless and guilty,
I began to realize the truth of a comment made by one of the early Fathers of the church,
Clement of Alexandria.
He said that “prayer is keeping company with God.”
This began to give me a new focus on prayer.
I began to see prayer more as a friendship than a rigorous discipline.
It started to become more of a relationship and less of a performance.
James Houston, The Transforming Power of Prayer