An excerpt from Brother Lawrence’s Third Letter:
“A little lifting up of the heart suffices. A little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship, though upon a march, and a sword in hand, are prayers, which however short, are nevertheless very acceptable to God; and far from lessening a soldier’s courage in occassions of danger, they best serve to fortify it.”
It is an easy mistake to make, I suppose, to consider that one who prays more effusively, attends Mass more regularly, confesses with greater frequency, blogs more spiritually …. may actually be closer to or have a ‘better’ developed relationship with God.
This is not necessarily, if ever, the case.
Sometimes people like to make great shows of their piety, of their devoutness, of their knowledge (I’ve been guilty of this as much as anyone – and I have very little of the latter) but it doesn’t actually make a person more holy….no, it merely makes a person more prideful and deluded than they might otherwise have been.
Simple prayer is all that is required, simple prayers of the heart that reach up to God and take the hand that he offers. Father and child, walking through life together. That’s all that it’s about really. Great big prayers aren’t necessary for that, though I would say they may well assist in helping us to mature spiritually, they are not foundational to our spiritual wellbeing.
A little (and I would say, continual) lifting up of the heart suffices.