When we neglect prayer, evil can penetrate our hearts. Ask yourself: Do I pray? How do I pray? Do I feel the need to pray? When prayer is difficult, do I try to find a book that could help me? At those times, do I pray for a longer period of time and more frequently, with greater fidelity? Do I make up a prayer that I have missed? Do I follow a method of meditation that will help me to pray? Do I have some small aspirations that I pray often? Both penance and aspirations will help us grow in the spiritual life.
Prayer is a sacred duty and sublime mission. We ascend the altar of prayer, conscious of the many urgent needs and interests of others, taking up our Rosary, embracing all the other spiritual exercises with great longing. We go with confidence to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and seasonable aid for ourselves and for souls.
–Mother Teresa, Thirsting for God