It's a struggle, but my hope is to pray like Hobbits eat. Through the tremendous gift of baptism, I now participate in something so far beyond anything I could ever deserve. I can't even fully comprehend the reality. Nevertheless, it's true. As St. Peter said, I've been made a "sharer in the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). The life of Christ - that is, God! - is living in me now. He lives through me, through my actions... at least, that's the idea. But that life needs to be fed.
Have you ever been too busy to pray? Have you ever found yourself so overwhelmed by an upcoming event or project that you forgot to take time for prayer?
I do it all the time. I get so preoccupied with my part in things, that I lose sight of the fact that I'm never expected to do any of this alone. He, Jesus, wants to do everything, even my part. That's what communion - living a life in Christ - is all about (see Galatians 2:20). Christian life is a living participation in Jesus' saving work.
"God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace." (CCC 2008)
The Christian life - thanks to baptism - is a work of love. But it's God's work. The moment we find we're too busy to pray is precisely the time to stop, just for a moment, and say a quick prayer. The more open we are to grace, the more effective our own efforts become.
"Man does not live on bread alone" (Matthew 4:4), and yet I always have time to eat. May his grace help us all to live a little less like Hobbits and a little more like monks.