—Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (2 January, Morning)
My prayer habits are feeble and atrophied. I'm not focused or disciplined, and there are many instances when prayer should be my first response, yet it doesn't occur to me. It's easier to talk or write about than to do, and I more readily pray with others than on my own. That's just an honest inventory, not a discouragement. Since prayer is where God meets me, any strength I have that's not derived from Him is hardly relevant anyway. My part is simply to place myself in His path, hopefully deeper and deeper, and more and more frequently. Let His Spirit grow me, form Christ in me, renew my heart and mind, groan the prayers I cannot even utter. To pray is not only to strive, but also to yield.