“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
If we have not got grace enough — it is because we do not pray enough. For most true it is, we need not strive to move God to compassion and extort, as it were, by our prayers, the blessings which He has promised. Very far from it.
He is every minute communicating Himself to us; in every word, He holds forth Christ and every good thing to us. But we must always have a soul hungering after Christ, and by incessant prayer stretch out the hand of faith to receive Him. This is chiefly to be understood of the inward desires and groanings of our spirit — but we must not omit to pour out our supplications daily, as often as we can, by words; else our secret mental prayers, at last, may become so secret as to cease entirely.
Prayer is the breath of the soul — the vital evidence whereby we know of its health and life, and without which it must quickly die. O for grace to pray without ceasing, and thus enjoy incessant communion with God.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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