"We pray before crucial decisions in our life, and that is right and just. But unless our prayer issues from a silence that is habitually tuned to God and waiting upon God and God’s ways, our prayer is mostly noise, masking our poverty and emptiness. We pray to surrender to God in our decision – as we wish all our life to be surrendered.
"Rather, we pray because, at the moment of decision, we feel out of control, unable to guarantee that we will prevail, and return to God because God controls the areas beyond our control that we wish, with God’s assistance from beyond, to bring somehow under our control. Such a prayer comes from a lack of silence and from a world of noise, human noise amidst the world’s projects."More about Nicholas Ayo