“He understands what heavy hearts we have sometimes, when under a sense of sin. Satan says to us, “Why should you pray? How can you hope to prevail? In vain, thou sayest, I will arise and go to my Father, for thou art not worthy to be one of his hired servants. How canst thou see the king’s face after thou hast played the traitor against him? How wilt thou date to approach unto the altar when thou has thyself defiled it, and when the sacrifice which thou wouldst bring there is a poor, polluted one?” O brethren, it is well for us that we are commanded to pray, or else in times of heaviness we might give it up. If God command me, unfit as I may be, I will creep to the footstool of grace; and since he says, “Pray without ceasing, “Though my words fail me and my heart itself will wander, yet I will still stammer out the wishes of my hungering soul and say, “O God, at least teach me to pray and help me to prevail with thee.”
(C.H. Spurgeon, The Golden Key of Prayer in the collection 12 Sermons on Prayer, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1978, pp. 8-9.
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