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Prayer is extremely simple: communication with God, conversation with  God,  com-
muning with God. The most important thing about prayer is not how we do it but that
we do it. The single most important answer to the question How to pray? is "Begin!"
"Just do it."  We learn to do it by doing it, not by merely reading or thinking about  it.

One simply cannot be a Christian without  prayer,  any  more  than  one  can  be   a
Christian without faith or good works.   What  communication  is   to   our   marriage
relationship with our  spouse, prayer is to our re-
lationship with God.  If we say we love  God  but
do not  pray, we lie.   For  love  is  intimacy  and
intimacy is communication, and  communication
with God is prayer.

Prayer is preparation for heaven, as courtship is
preparation for marriage.  If Christ had to  define
eternal life in one word, he  would  probably  say
"prayer". For what he actually said was: "This is
eternal life that they know you,  only  true  God"
(Jn 17:3).  And we know God best by prayer.

We know God better by one  moment  of  prayer 
-of praise or  thanks  or   contrition   -than  by  a
thousand books.  When we only talk about Him, we only know about Him; when  we
talk to Him, we get to know Him.

Job got a fortaste of heaven, seeing God "face to face", because he spoke to  God,
while his three friends only spoke about Him. Though God gave Job no explanations
for his mysterious trials, Job  was  satisfied  because  he  had  something  infinitely
better than any answer: the Answerer.  He said to God: "I had heard you by  hearing
of the ear, but now my eye sees you" (Job 42:5).  This  is  what  heaven  is: seeing
God.  Prayer is its appetizer.
The Virgin Annunciate, Pompeo Batoni