I am taking a night class on prayer in the Orthodox tradition. I think this will probably be one of my 2 favorite classes this semester. Professor Bouteneff is extremely well read, knowledgeable, and yet very thoughtful and humble. This should be an excellent chance for me to learn. One thing he told us tonight that resonated for me was that the goal of prayer is to know God, not to attain pure or perfect prayer. God may grant us the gift of pure prayer as He wills or not. I find this a comfort, because often I find prayer, well..., Hard. Making sure I have the right goal will make this easier.