(My favorite parts are underlined.)
1. I spent the better part of two years investigating and studying. When I began learning how to pray and started understanding that real praying means to communicate with the Living God, I suddenly awakened, as if I was coming out of a deep sleep. I recognized that God had, over and over again, tried to touch me in many ways earlier in my life. I began to understand that agency is what brings true dignity to the life of a human being.
3. My experiences with communication with God have shown me that we really must mean it when we pray...In praying, we must go to the root of honesty with ourselves because we cannot hear truth when we are not honest to the core. We must express our feelings without flowery words and be willing to accept the consequences of our prayers. When we do, the Lord will be there with us and teach us what we need to know and what is good for us in that very moment.
I know the following video has been widely circulated, which makes me hesitate to post it. But I love it and at times have listened to it over and over. Also, his accent is the best.