"'To pray is to talk with God"

"You write, 'To pray is to talk with God. But about what?' About what? About Him, about yourself—joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions—and Love and reparation. In a word, to get to know him and to get to know yourself—'to get acquainted!'" (The Way, 91)

You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, "Lord, I don't know how to pray!" You can be sure you've already begun. (The Way, 90)

Slowly. Consider what you are saying, to whom it is being said and by whom. For that hurried talk, without time for reflection, is just empty noise.

And with Saint Teresa, I will tell you that, however much you work your lips, I do not call it prayer. (The Way, 85)

It is Jesus who speaks: "Amen I say to you: ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you."

Pray. In what human venture could you have greater guarantees of success? (The Way, 96)

Look at the set of senseless reasons the enemy gives you for abandoning your prayer. "I have no time"—when you are constantly wasting it. "This is not for me." "My heart is dry..."

Prayer is not a question of what you say or feel, but of love. And you love when you try hard to say something to the Lord, even though you might not actually say anything. (Furrow, 464)