Prayer is one of the most interesting ways to understand a person’s inner life. It’s a deeply personal practice, but also a public one. For some, disbelief or despair is the reason for prayer; for others, prayer is rooted in unshakable trust or overflowing gratitude. From a spiritual standpoint, prayer can be about communication, both to and from God and for ourselves.
The year was 1980. I was the guest of a graduate student at Heidelberg University. My stay in his home was part of a month-long trip through Germany with Jews and Christians engaged in "post-Holocaust interfaith dialogue."
Those walking by overhearing Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj blasting from our spin class may not see this as a place to learn much about the spiritual life. It can actually inform our understanding of the spiritual life, if only we have eyes to see and ears to hear.