He that would be in little temptation, let him be much in prayer. Praying only for carnal things shows a carnal heart, and leaves it carnal. Prayer is a key in the hand of faith to unlock God’s treasures. A family without prayer is like a house without a roof – exposed to every wind that blows, and every storm that rages. Prayer will compel a man to leave off sinning; or sinning will make him leave off praying. The greatest and hardest preparation for heaven is within; the spirit of prayer can effect this. Do you profess to love any one for whom you have never prayed? Prayer is heart-work. Rhetoric cannot pray with all his words; but Faith can pray, even when she has no words. In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Pray not only in the name of Christ, but in the faith of Christ. The gift of prayer may have praise from men, but the grace of prayer has power with God.
How true that is. Let us all strive, with the help of the Spirit, to pray more.