A recommendation from my favorite author, Lauren Winner, for Christians who struggle with individual prayer: "I have no artistic talent, so there’s no voice in my head -- as sometimes happens when I’m writing -- saying, 'Stop being present to the experience and make that tree look better.' I know the tree is never going to look better. And ... I'm so word-oriented. When I am praying in words, there is always a danger I’ll start thinking my way out of the prayer.