Mysterious movements of the Holy Spirit seize the soul in prayer when serious truths are at stake. That is why, in our daily affairs, we must pray constantly.
Sometimes, you do not know the words to say, but your heart knows something must be said: this is a critical moment for prayer.
Sometimes, in the midst of tension, the right thing is not to diffuse the tension, but to make space for it and to allow it to sink it: prayer makes this space.
Sometimes, clever narratives seem to win the day: prayer unmasks the myth.
Sometimes, when courage fails, and evil seems to be unchallenged: one finds the heart to act because the mind is raised to God.
The reason turning to prayer at such times is the right thing to do is not because prayer provides an escape or serves as a coping mechanism. We pray in faith because the Holy Spirit has been sent into the nitty gritty of our daily lives, and the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.