Acts 1: 12-14 (NRSV)
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
Unprecedented people pray unceasingly. Unprecedented people are immersed in the streams of prayer which the Bible tells us were the powerhouse of the early Church. We too tap into that power. We — men, women, all people — focus everything on prayer, on the study of the apostles’ teaching and the breaking of bread. Here is the font of successful living, successful discipleship, successful Christianity. Not in self help books or schemes to be more holy. Just the patient embrace of prayer. The beginning and the end of all things. Before us, behind us…
'Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.'
(from the Prayer of Saint Patrick)