"Patience-an active dwelling in the present moment-is the mother of expectation. A way to rephrase "waiting patiently in expectation " is "standing vulnerable in the presence of our loving God." This is the core of all prayer. It has been helpful to me to realize that, when I pray, I am living my life before God, doing what I know to do, offering my thoughts and actions to the Holy One in expectation that I am being led where I need to go and will be given the courage to do what I need to do because I know who I am in God."
-Henri Nouwen, "Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life."