The praying soul accepts…

“And moreover in these first words, the praying soul accepts once for all its true status as a member of the whole family of man. Our Father. It can never again enter into prayer as a ring-fenced individual, intent on a private relation with God; for this is a violation of the law of Charity.”

From my morning readings in “Abba” by Evelyn Underhill

Praying hands by Wiedmaier
Praying hands, a photo by Wiedmaier on Flickr.  Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.

We are not made to be alone.  By accepting our place in the family of man, we gain the love of Father as well as brothers and sisters.  This must be reflected in our prayer.