One biblical window into the importance of spiritual practices is the story Jesus tells of the ten brides in Matthew 25. Such practices are ways that we prepare ourselves to recognize God. In this spirit, here are a few thoughts on prayer from Thomas Merton:
“Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. If you have never had any distractions you don’t know how to pray.”
–New Seeds of Contemplation (1961).