A pilgrim, on a quest to "pray without ceasing", travelled widely and heard many sermons on the subject. None of them seemed to help. He heard many prayer lessons, but none taught him how to do it.
Finally, he heard of an old prayer warrior in a little village, so he went to him with his inquiry: "How can I learn to pray without ceasing?"
To this, the old saint replied, "Ceaseless interior prayer is a continual yearning of the human spirit toward God. Pray and ask God to teach us to pray without ceasing. Pray more! Pray more fervently! It is prayer itself which will reveal to you how it can be achieved unceasingly. . . but it will take some time."