Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11,1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
The importance of praying
1) Teach us. If you look at Jesus’s life you’ll find He spent a lot of time praying. It’s like breathing, no matter what you do, you must breathe at the same time. In this case, Jesus teaches us to do all of our daily activities while praying. Two things at the same time. Great! It’s a process to be learned.
2) Active prayer. It is the one that is carried out in everyday life: it is talking to God when you are studying and offering your study; it is praying to God when you are putting the pot on the stove for the noodles. It is taking prayer into action, like St. Josemaría who, while reading the newspaper, talked to God and commended all the things that the day would bring about. While I work, I pray.
3) Silent prayer. It is taking that moment to be alone with God. It is to exclusively talk to Him, it is turning off the cell phone and just looking at Him. Passive prayer is a time to find and talk to Christ, it implies seeking silence and finding yourself in that silence.
One could say “the first one is more comfortable for me”. Well, we all need both. The key is to pray for your prayer to become alive, and for your life to become prayer.