Nothing equals or replaces a daily, consistent secret life with God. However, prayer retreats can be highly significant in our spiritual journey to augment and complement our daily disciplines.
Effect retreats will wisely include four elements: solitude, no entertainment, fasting, and the Gospels.
Get alone. The quieter the better…Shut yourself into your room, except for a daily outdoor walk by yourself. At most, one phone call a day. Face the loneliness head-on. You will realize how social interaction has anesthetized your awareness of God.
Fasting has the dual benefit of freeing you from the distraction of food preparation and consumption, and intensifying your spiritual pursuit by means of the grace released through self-denial.
“The Secret of the Secret Place”