God never meant prayer to be a one and done. It is no panacea and no excuse for inaction. It is, rather, like a beam of light cast into the darkness. It is in this light that we who grope, stumble and climb, discover where we stand, what surrounds us and the course which we might choose.
Prayer makes visible the right and reveals what is hampering and false. In its radiance, we behold the worth of our efforts, the range of our hopes and the meaning of our deeds.
Envy and fear, despair and resentment, anquish and grief, which lie heavily upon the heart, are dispelled like shadows by its light.