Lord, I do not deserve this Grace. Take it from me and give it to other, more worthy souls.
This is real, or natural, prayer.
If we receive Divine Love within our Being, it acts in such a way that we know our lack (as de Salzmann called it) quite directly. And through this real prayer arises naturally; it is the ordinary (lawful) consequence that follows.
But there is more than one aspect to this idea of lack.
Seeing our lack from the ordinary, or worldly, point of view is all we are capable of from our usual perspective: and Jeanne de Salzmann exhorted us to focus on understanding this principle. Yet we forget, perhaps, that without an inner action of energy we can't see this except through the most ordinary lens; and it doesn't focus well.
To see our lack, however, is an action that does no more than correspond to the action that ultimately takes place; that is to say, eventually seeing our lack leads to a receiving of Divine Love, which both awakens conscience and instills heavenly doubt.
Within heavenly doubt, we see our unworthiness with all of our parts, not just one of them; and this is what leads to the great remorse which is, ultimately, necessary for transformation.
In the midst of this great remorse lies glory; for there is no greater glory than the presence of Divine Love, manifested both within the Being of the individual man or woman, but also—in the moment it arises within individuated Being—in all of reality. Although the book is entitled, The Reality of Being, it might as well be titled The Being of Reality, because the relationship is fully reciprocal and they cannot, in the end, be separated.
However, when one wishes for a state of Grace, one wishes to be connected to Divine Love; and in that wish, from within that wish, I mean, one cannot wish the wish away.
So if I ask for Grace to be given to others and am not already consciously within that Grace, the prayer is insincere. And so it goes with all such prayer.
The natural state of prayer is another matter entirely; for it cannot be insincere, arising as it does from the initial impulse of Divine Love which naturally engenders it.
Without a sensation of this inward flow, all the other points of work eventually lose themselves, because they have no center of gravity around which to form.