"Why are many Christians so often defeated? Because they pray so little. What are many church-workers so often discouraged and disheartened? Because they pray so little.
Why do most men see so few brought "out of darkness to light" by their ministry? Because they pray so little.
Why are not our churches simply on fire for God? Because there is so little real prayer.
...Has it ever occurred to you that our Lord never gave an unnecessary or an optional command? Do we really believe that our Lord never made a promise that He could not or would not fulfill? Our Saviour's three great commands for definite action were:
Pray ye --
Do this --
Are we obeying Him? How often His command, "Do this," is reiterated by our preachers today! One might almost think it was His only command! How seldom we are reminded of His bidding to "pray" and to "go." Yet without obedience to the "pray ye," it is of little or no use at all either to "do this" or to "go.""
-- An Unknown Christian, in A Kneeling Christian, 16