Prayer is more than looking for something we know, Augusine says in a letter to Proba, a woman asking him about prayer. It’s not only looking for a cure for sickness or success in getting a job. In prayer we search for something we do not even understand, it expresses the hope we have for something beyond anything we know now.
“There is one thing I ask of the Lord. This I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. To gaze on the loveliness of the Lord…” The psalms express that hope very well.
We have an “instructed ignorance,” the saint says and the Spirit of God helps us our weakness.
“The Spirit pleads for the saints because he moves the saints to plead… to plead with sighs too deep for words by inspiring in them a desire for the great and as yet unknown reality that we look forward to with patience. How can words express what we desire when it remains unknown? If we were entirely ignorant of it we would not desire it; again, we would not desire it or seek it with sighs, if we were able to see it.”