Sometimes our prayers are answered in silence.
Other times, they are answered through people.
We never know which it will be.
So, we need both.
We need solitude, reflection, and contemplation so that we can create a willing space in our hearts to receive inspiration and guidance.
Likewise, we need counsel from others who behave like a mirror for us, showing us a reflection of ourselves we could not have seen on our own.
The trick, as with most things, is finding a healthy balance between these.