A child was filled with a question, which like an itch demanded to be scratched.
“Jacob, what I don’t understand is how you are to decide whether to follow what you feel is right or what you think is right?”
Jacob touched his own chest and said, “My heart know what my mind only thinks it knows.”
The answer pushed the boy to another question.
“What if neither my heart nor mind can help me find the way?”
And Jacob answered, “Prayer is a path where there is none.”Noah benShea, Jacob the Baker: Gentle Wisdom for a Complicated World, p. 36
I’m of the opinion that discernment involves thinking and feeling prayerfully as one seeks to determine their way. Thus, prayer isn’t a last resort, but a first.
Nevertheless, “prayer is a path where there is none” suggests that the wise person understands that when they are at the end of both their emotional and intellectual capacities, help comes from outside the self, and is found ultimately in God. Prayer can show us a way where there is no way, because it focuses our attention on the One who can raises up valleys and levels mountains, who makes alive the dead, who makes possible the impossible.