PRAYING LIKE A POOR PERSON
Let our dialogue with God be without presumption, free of everything we think we know very well. We have to enter into prayer as poor people, not as millionaires. Each time we put ourselves in God’s presence let us do so as poor people. Otherwise our prayer suffers, it becomes heavier, and we are beset by distractions. Yes, to put ourselves in God’s presence requires a state of true poverty, of dispossession, of absence of pretension: “Lord, I am not able to pray, but if you just allow me to stand before you in aridity, that’s fine with me. I will bless that waiting, because you are too great for me to comprehend. You are the Immense, the Infinite, the Eternal; how could I ever address myself to you?” Such is the climate of the psalms, models of true prayer, which we must then interiorize. (C. M. Martini’s Je te cherche dès l’aube, p. 12)
The unfortunate truth, though, is that it is precisely at those times I’m not in control of a situation, when my own powers are not enough, when I'm most vulnerable and weak, that the Spirit has most clearly come into my life as a life-giving presence.