Jesus answered and said unto her, O Woman, great is thy faith, be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us.
Peay modestly as to the things of this life; earnestly for what may be helps to your salvation; intensely for salvation itself, that you may forever behold God, love God.
Cleanse your heart now: for ” the pure in heart shall see God.” Be alone with God, that your soul may be free to speak to Him, and to hear Him. But be alone in your inmost hearts, shutting out busy, anxious thoughts, that they throng not in with the prayers, and cloud not the sight and thought of God. Practise in life whatever thou prayest for, and God will give it thee more abundantly.
Bear patiently and humbly all daily crosses, contradictions, rebukes, and whatsoever is against thine own will. They will conform thee to the mind of God, be channels of grace which will cleanse thy soul for yet further grace. Deny thyself things earthly, if thou wouldest taste the sweetness of things heavenly. Above all things, persevere in prayer. Many begin well; many hold on for a time well; many pray well from time to time; some, alas! can even work themselves up from time to time to think they pray well, and to feel what they pray; many begin again and again well. Few persevere; for few they be who find the straight gate and narrow way which leadeth unto life. If thou hast begun, pray that thou mayest pray better. If thou hast failed, pray to begin again, and to persevere. All who pray to persevere gain what they pray for. None who so prayed has perished. Wo need as much the Cross we bear, As air we breathe, as light we see,— It draws us to Thy side in prayer. It binds us to our strength in Thee.
0 ALMIGHTY God, help Thou our weakness, and because we can neither perform nor even pray for what is right of ourselves as of ourselves, arouse by Thy Holy Spirit in our hearts groanings of prayer which cannot be uttered, that by Thy loving kindness there may be given unto us both the will to ask and the power to accomplish what is well pleasing unto Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.