The Bible often encourages us to a silent, receptive stance before God's reality and goodness. This kind of prayer takes recollection or composure of heart, which in turn requires some trust in God. Our distaste for quiet prayer can be rooted in an unwillingness to cede control or a fear of the changes it might provoke in us. Jesus's advice to the busy Martha is pertinent for all times: "Mary has chosen the better part." Although our lives are rightly busy, we should also play the role of Mary--quietly listening to Jesus--and we can do this by learning how to pray in silence.