How can I Pray? – Three Rules

A careful look at the lives of people for whom prayer was indeed “the only thing needed” (see Luke 10:42) shows that three “rules” are always observed: a contemplative reading of the word of God, a silent listening to the voice of God, and a trusting obedience to a spiritual Guide. Without the Bible, without silent time, and without someone to direct us, finding our own way to God is very hard and practically impossible.

~ Henri Nouwen, Reaching out
Seeds of Hope p. 120

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