‘Turn to the Lord and pray because your God is near.’ ~Isaiah 55:6
There is a story about a disciple who went to visit a holy man. When the disciple arrived the holy man was sitting like a statue, completely silent and absorbed in prayer. Not an eye blinked, not a finger moved, not a muscle twitched. When the holy man finished praying the disciple spoke to him in awe and asked, “Where did you learn such stillness and such total concentration?” He replied, “From my cat. She was watching a mouse hole with even greater concentration!” Very few of us have the patience of a cat to sit perfectly still and quiet. Maybe the thought of sitting quiet and still to pray is a step too far. No one is asking us for perfection when it comes to prayer but to choose time throughout any part of the day for peace or quiet is always beneficial. We are reminded that whenever we do so, God is always very near.