St Thomas Aquinas, whose feast we celebrate today, knew and lived this. It is often said of Thomas that he realized, in all its fullness, the Dominican ideal: to contemplate and then give to others the fruit of this contemplation. He knew that all of his knowledge and understanding could not be fruitful with out prayer. St Thomas certainly knew much, but more importantly he prayed much.
While Aquinas is one of those saints I have not had much experience in reading, I can take this little bit from him. All of us, as Christians are called to bear fruit for God's Kingdom; we cannot do that without beginning with prayer. Whether it be our blogs, ministries in which we serve, or simply sharing our faith with another in conversation, we need to begin with prayer. We cannot give what we do not have, as the saying goes.
So if nothing else, let us at least take this little lesson from this giant of a saint. Let us ask St Thomas for his intercession in praying for the grace and gifts of knowledge and understanding of our faith and the wisdom of practicing it in a way that will bear fruit for God's Kingdom here on earth.