There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity.
Blessed is the one who is not staggered by God’s delay or silence or apparent refusal, but is strong in faith, giving glory to God. Such faith perseveres, persistently, if need be, and will not fail to inherit the blessing.
Whatsoever good work you undertake, Pray earnestly to God that He will enable you to bring it to a successful conclusion.
Many Christians are so spiritually frail, sickly, and lacking in spiritual vitality that they cannot stick to prayer for more than a few minutes at a time.
When we shoot an arrow, we look to the fall of it; when we send a ship to sea, we look for its return; and when we sow seed, we look for a harvest; so likewise when we sow our prayers, through Christ, in God’s bosom, shall we not look for an answer and observe how we speed? It is a seed of atheism to pray and not to look how we speed. But a sincere Christian will pray and wait, and strengthen his heart with promises out of the Word, and never leave praying and looking up till God gives him a gracious answer.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
When we engage in the act of prayer itself, there is no preparing, no getting the right words, no posture to take, no mood to assume. We simply do it. Prayer is primal speech. We do not first learn to do it, and then proceed to do it; we do it, in the doing we find out what we are doing, and then deepen and mature in it.
The problem of getting great things from God is being able to hold on for the last half hour.
No one is so empty as the man who has stopped walking with God and doesn’t know it.
Do not let anyone convince you that if it were really God it would not be so scary and it certainly would not hurt. Hang on with everything that is in you, even if it hurts. Insist on a blessing to go with your wound and do not let go until you have got one. Then thank God for your life, limp and all, and tilt your way home.