It is not dropping down on your knees for two minutes in a morning before you hurry out to business and scrambling over a formal petition, or praying after you have gone to bed at night and perhaps falling asleep before you get to “amen.”  It is not asking and then not waiting long enough to get the answer.  It is not faint and feeble desire, but one presented with continuity which is not shameless importunity, but patient persistence.  It must breathe intense desire and perfect confidence in the willingness of the Giver and in the power of prayer. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), commenting on James 1.5.


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