Part 1 We get closer to God through Praying. Deliberate prayer allows for faith-building responses to prayer. God still does answer prayer in sometimes miraculous ways. Times of public prayer, when earnestly shared and not merely exercised for keeping up appearances, allow for the public witness to God at work among us today.

Part 2 The desire to pray comes up against our inability to muster the strength to be found as faithful as we figure we ought to be in prayer. God establishes the strength we desire, strength we discover we do not have in and of ourselves. The real question is: are we even willing; and if so, do we seek God for strength?