For want of looking up, many a prayer is lost.  If you do not believe, why do you pray?  And, if you believe, why do you not expect an answer?  By praying, you seem to depend on God.  By not expecting answers, you again renounce your confidence.  What is this but to take His name in vain?  O Christian, stand to your prayers in a holy expectation of what you have begged upon the credit of the promise. . .Mordecai, no doubt, had put up many prayers for Esther and, therefore, he waits at the king’s gate, looking what answer God would, in His providence, give thereunto.  You do likewise! – William Gurnall (1616-1679)


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