An excerpt from a talk by Fr. Jeff Norfolk
True meditative prayer requires speaking and listening. Here are a few steps to follow when praying in order to receive from Our Lord and respond to his personal call in your life.
Acknowledge – the anger, frustration, anxiety, etc. that you are feeling. Acknowledge it is real.
Relate – Tell the Lord all about whatever is bothering you. This step of relating gets it off your chest and places it in the Hands of the Lord.
Receive – Ask Him for His grace, His guidance as to what to do with the struggle you are having, what direction to go to find freedom, how to let go.
Respond – Only once you have received the grace or the direction the Lord wants you to go can you respond and take the necessary steps forward to freedom.