Over two centuries ago the accomplished and ambitous William Wilberforce awoke to a desire for more prayer in his life and leadership. God has been speaking to me a lot about this, drawing me into a deeper dependence on him and richer prayer life. May we beware of too much “doing” for God that keeps us from “being” with God, connecting with him in prayer.
This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitually too little time to religious exercises, as private devotion and religious meditation, Scripture-reading, etc. Hence I am lean and cold and hard. I had better allot two hours or an hour and a half daily. I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have had but a hurried half hour in a morning to myself. Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean. But all may be done through prayer—almighty prayer, I am ready to say—and why not? For that it is almighty is only through the gracious ordination of the God of love and truth. O then, pray, pray, pray! —William Wilberforce.
Quoted in E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer, p. 77 in my copy.