Simone Weil’s statement that beauty and affliction pierce our hearts (and tempt us to some kind of prayer). When we are confronted with either or both (beauty actually being the more powerful one), something in us moves to God. The writer of Ecclesiastes called it having “Eternity written on our heart”. A condescending way to say it is, “There are no atheists in foxholes”.
We are busy and tired, but our hearts and minds grow restless with the sense that there is a God, he exists, and we long for connection with him. This is why must learn the Lord’s prayer. This is why we must learn how to pray from it.