When I finally shut up, I can hear God’s voice. When you are out of words, God speaks. When I don’t know what to pray for, God steps in and says, “Let me help you.” Prayer is learning about what God has already done. Prayer is giving God permission to handle what you can’t.
-- Melinda Clements
The great fault of the children of God is that they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere. If they desire anything for God's glory, they should pray until they get it.
-- George Mueller
God allows good and bad into our lives and we can trust Him with both. Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness... this is the kind of faith God values most of all.
It is not necessary to make long prayers, but it is essential to be much alone with God, waiting at His door, heartening for His voice, lingering in the garden of Scripture for the coming of the Lord God in the dawn or cool of the day. No number of meetings, no fellowship with Christian friends, no amount of Christian activity can compensate for the neglect of the still hour.
-- F.B. Meter