Prayer sometimes seems like engaging in a stare-down with God. We sense His will but we stubbornly refuse to embrace it. We just stare, waiting for an answer we like. Of course we will be the first to blink in this battle of wills between Creator and creature, between the Lover and the beloved. We never win the stare-down. (Winning is not the goal of prayer.) Whether we know it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we like it or not we are made for divine embrace; at the deepest level of our being we long for encounter, not victory. Thankfully, God knows us better than we know ourselves and waits paitently for us to blink.