. . . our daily life in the world is made the test of our intercourse with God in prayer. . . . My drawing nigh to God is of one piece with my intercourse with men and earth: failure here will cause failure there.
. . . In our life with men the one thing on which everything depends is love. The spirit of forgiveness is the spirit of love. Because God is love, He forgives: it is only when we are dwelling in love that we can forgive as God forgives. [With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray]
Prayer, as the distilled awareness of our whole life before God, is meant to lead us to a radical transformation of consciousness in which all of life becomes a symbol. All of life is seen as God sees it. All of life is seen simply as it is.
Prayer is the fertile soil in which the insight into our true self in God takes root and grows. As our true awareness grows, as we see through the eyes of the Person we are, we see with a new vision. We see the Presence of God in all that is. Each thing becomes a symbol of communion with God just by being the thing it is. [Merton’s Place of Nowhere by James Finley]