When a child is frightened in the night, mother goes and lifts the child and says,
'It's all right,'
and the child gradually quietens. But if she has a prodigy on her hands who replies,
'But mother, what epistemological and metaphysical assumptions are you making in that statement and what empirical evidence can you adduce in support of your contention?'
then the mother really has a problem in her arms.
In prayer we act like that impossible child if we refuse to listen to God until he has measured up to whatever criteria we may care to lay down. We communicate with him first in our hearts. The heart is not mindless: it has reasons, deeper that we can see at first with our conscious minds.
God of Surprises - Gerard W. Hughes