“Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.” Psalm 72:15
What a condescending King we have, who may always be approached! You say, “O that my coldness and indifference would permit me to do it!” But are you not sensible of your wants and miseries? Is not this backwardness of which you complain, misery enough? Therefore you ought always to pray, and to pray most when you feel yourselves sinking into a worldly and torpid frame.
Arise, therefore, and pray; the good Spirit of God will assist you in it. Encouraged by the promise of a prayer-hearing God, and the special assistance of the Holy Spirit in this work, we must, even in the greatest conflicts, not omit to resist the temptations of the devil. Though we have sinned, we must not refrain from prayer; for what can we do better? What can we do besides? If we stop till we make ourselves worthy, we shall never approach God. Lord, grant me more of the spirit of prayer, and let it never be extinguished in my heart; but may it become as natural to pray, as to breathe. May I pray without ceasing, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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