Learning to Pray

J.J. O’Leary, SJ, says that the best thing to do is to ask:

The best thing we can do to nourish a prayer life is to regularly ask God to teach us how to pray. I don’t believe there is any gift God wants to give us more than the gift of prayer. But, it seems, so few people ever ask for that. And then with the few minutes that we spend in prayer, whether it’s five, ten, or sixty minutes a day, to ask the Lord to remember, to recognize where God is in the midst of our lives.

You might also read “Why Do We Pray?” by William Barry, SJ, and browse the other articles in the “What-How-Why of Prayer” section of this website.


  1. If we don’t ask God to help us pray, how can we learn and understand? To be in relationship with God requires that we learn to see God in our everyday lives. Without learning and understanding how can we find God and leave our disordered attachments behind?


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