We sit with God because we love God. We do not sit with God for what we will obtain. We do not sit with God and expect a gift in return.
“Lift your heart up to the Lord with a gentle stirring of love, desiring him for his own sake and not for his gifts.”
This is what the Cloud of Unknowing teaches us. We enter centering prayer with no expectations.
We enter centering prayer to receive the gift of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is prayer in which we experience God’s pure presence within.
We are naked before God. It is just God and us. Our whole being, body, mind and soul is in the presence of God. There is nothing between God and us.
Contemplative prayer is a prayer of love without any ulterior motives. We pray because we love God.