I'm half-way through a great book on prayer by Paul Miller. His simple premise is very refreshing: Prayer is simply the medium through which we experience and connect to God. Miller wants the reader to see prayer as less complicated, more relational, and all-encompassing. In other words, we need to see prayer through the lens of every day communion with God.
Here are a few great quotes:
"Learning to pray doesn't offer you a less busy life; it offers you a less busy heart."
"Come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy."
"You can't build a relationship by sound bites."
Thomas Merton – "Prayer is an expression of who we are…we are living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment."
"Helplessness is how the Christian life works."
"Weakness is the channel that allows us to access grace."
"God is not your personal vending machine."