Why is it so important that you are with God
and God alone on the mountain top?
because it's the place in which you can listen
to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved.
To pray is to listen
to the One who calls you
"my beloved daughter,"
"my beloved son,"
"my beloved child."
To pray is to let that voice speak
to the center of your being,
to your guts,
and let that voice resound in your whole being.
Henri J. M. Nouwen