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We can distinguish two movements in prayer: one is passive (or receptive) by which we listen to what God is saying to us. The other is active, albeit responding to the prompts of the Holy Spirit, by which we might, for example, give praise or thanks to God or ask something of him. A well-painted piece of sacred art will include stylistic elements (ie going beyond content) that engage the viewer in such a way that it promotes both attitudes of prayer, active and passive,
God never ceases to watch for us and wait for us, calling us home. He is always there waiting and hoping for our return to Him. He gives us the space to repent of the times we have neglected or misused our gifts, and return to the work for which we were given those gifts in the first place.
The short answer to this question is just this: pray as you would normally, but look at sacred art as you do it. Good sacred art will promote a right attitude through the combination of content, compositional design, and stylistic elements. In this sense, the artist does the hard work in advance to make it easy and natural for us.
Art is "for us all; to refine us, to ennoble us, to raise us from the baser pleasures, to fill our eyes with beauty and our hearts with gladness, to show us that we are not beasts but the King's children, and that Beauty is His messenger."
The problem with the modernists is not their emphasis on utility, but rather that they have a diminished sense of what utility is. If they are true to their ethos, their motto should not be 'form follows function', but rather 'form follows dysfunction'! And the ugliness of their buildings is all the evidence we need that there is no order outside God's order, only disorder.