-- Letter 130, 10
Prayer. May I seek you, Lord, by praying to you, and let me pray to you by believing in you. You have been preached to us. My faith prays to you, Lord, the faith you gave me and inspired in me by the Incarnation of your Son and the mission of your preacher.
-- Confessions 1, 1
I recall C.S. Lewis once said joy is the serious business of heaven; I see now Augustine calls prayer the serious business of earth. Amen. Let's get to business.
I'm also encouraged and delighted to hear him emphasize the fact that sometimes desires come not by feeling, but by doing. Holy reverence is a choice, not an impulse; the passionate desire for God is very often the fruit, not the root, of faith.