The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. http://bible.us/111/1PE4.7.NIV
Sometimes prayer and current events seem so disparate but from this passage we see that in order to pray effectively we must be clear headed and we must be cognizant of what is going on in the world around us.
Hermits of old would isolate themselves from the ‘world’ in order to concentrate on the ‘things of God’ but in doing so they withdrew from the very world God sent his Son to save.