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Richard Foster writes that we can be easily intimidated by the prayer warriors of the past…

Many of us…are discouraged rather than challenged by such examples (such as William Carey, Martin Luther, John Wesley, George Fox, etc). Those “giants of the faith” are so far beyond anything we have experienced that we are tempted to despair. But rather than flagellating ourselves for our obvious lack, we should remember that God always meets us were we are and slowly moved us into deeper things. Occasional joggers do not suddenly enter an Olympic marathon. They prepare and train themselves over a period of time, and so should we. When such a progression is followed, we can expect to pray with greater authority and spiritual success a year from now than at present (The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, 31-32).

May we be encouraged by this and press on in our prayer life!

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