Prayer is difficult. In our contemporary world we are too often unaware not only of God’s thirst for us but even of our own thirst for Him. Prayer is often forgotten: God’s call to us to turn to Him in prayer goes ignored or unheard. We live frantic lives that keep us rushing from one task to another. Our days are cluttered with constant and often unimportant activity. Cell phones and the Internet intrude, even when we are alone in our cars. Text messages bombard us with meaningless chatter from which we can find no escape. The whisperings of God become drowned out by the incessant noise of the world. What can we do in such a situation? How can we pray if we barely have time to think?

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), the psalmist tells us, reminding us that prayer demands an end to chatter, an end to distraction, a focus on what really matters. Prayer requires of us that we hear—if only for an instant—the “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) of God calling to us, for this voice offers to us a way to live that is different from the one the world offers—different and infinitely better.

This excerpt comes from Praying Constantly: Bringing Your Faith to Life.