Spurgeon, "DANIEL: A PATTERN FOR PLEADERS"
We always pray best when we pray out of the
when the soul gets low enough she gets a leverage;
she can then plead with God.
I do not say we ought to ask to see all the evil of
our own hearts. It is best to see as much of that,
as God would have us see of it.
You cannot see too much of Christ,
but you might see even too much of your sin.
Yet, brethren, this is rarely the case.
We need to see much our deep needs, our great sins,
for ah! that prayer shall go highest that comes from the
To stoop well is a grand art in prayer.
Proud prayers may knock their heads on mercy's lintel,
but they can never pass through the portal.
You cannot expect anything from God unless you put
yourself in the right place,
that is, as a beggar at his footstool.
Then will he hear you, and not until then.