“Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?” - Lily Tomlin When you pray, don't forget to read God's Word and listen for God's Spirit, speaking to you and leading you through every gate and doorway of life. In the second chapter of Luke's Gospel account, Simeon bases his life on God's personal promise that he will not die without seeing the Lord's promised one. One momentous day he is led by the Holy Spirit into the temple courts where he encounters Joseph and Mary and the infant Jesus, and prophesies of the child's mission and destiny according to that same Spirit. It was God's Word and the Spirit's leading that changed the course of his life and brought him his greatest joy. Prayer is a conversation. The one who listens - as well as speaks - receives the joy-filled, grace-driven, life-changing rewards of a relationship with the Father.