How simple is your prayer? This question is particularly valuable for those starting out and for those highly mature in the spiritual life.
The “starter” just wants to be with the Lord, spending time simply with the One who they are falling in love with.
The “veteran” has a simple prayer life as if a grandfather is spending time with his grandchild- the time together is enough.
My graduate class this semester is dealing with this tension- how simple should prayer really be? It’s a fascinating topic and one that my students are (appropriately) wrestling with. It’s something I wrestle with too! At times, I want to engineer more feeling, more emotion and more clarity. At other times, it’s cool to just present myself to the Lord.
Be compassionate with yourself when it comes to this tension. Depending on the season of your life, the level of simplicity will correspond. The key, not surprisingly, is to keep showing up day after day. The Lord will do the rest.