Only prayer lets you realize that who you are is who you were in God before anybody thought anything: before you thought about whether you are good or bad, before anybody else thought about whether you are good or bad. You came forth from God and you will return to God. You are eternal. That’s the only solid ground. That’s the rock of the spiritual journey. That’s what Jesus means when he says in Luke’s Gospel that “your names are written in heaven” (10:20b). You’re an eternal creation of God and there’s no point in denying it or trying to dress it up; it already is. That’s the ultimate good news.
—from Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount by Richard Rohr, OFM