Wherever I am in the world, my day begins with prayer. It was Dom Helder Camara, after Martin Luther, who said: ‘I find these days that I am so busy I have to spend at least four hours each morning in prayer.’ While I cannot claim to have the discipline of Camara, I understand what he means. Prayer is important. At its best, it ushers us into the very presence of God. We come before him in our frail humanity with our worries, hopes and fears as well as our requests.