I’m paging through Michael Casey’s fine book, Toward God. The Australian Trappist considers this thought from Saint John Climacus:
Just as it is impossible to learn to see by word of mouth, because seeing depends on one’s own natural sight, so it is impossible to learn the beauty of prayer from the teaching of others.
How true do you find this to be?
Is it like talking to people of the opposite sex? Some are nervous chatting with an attractive person and need coaching. Some find it comes naturally. Some never get it.
As for prayer, John Climacus and Fr Casey suggest it is as natural a part of the human state as opening one’s eyes and seeing. Is it then just a matter of knowing where to look?