Found this today...
And I thought it was so poignant, so lovely, and so timely, that I wanted to share it here, in this place. It goes so very well with my year of prayer....
by G. D. Watson
If all the time that Christians spend in anxiety, or in seeking advice from other people, or in foolish speculation, or in making plans and building air castles, was spent in patient and thoughtful prayer, what vast fields of satisfactory light and clear divine guidance would be opened up to them. They would learn the knowledge of God's will on all lines, such as would give a deep, restful assurance which would make them spiritual giants.
If ministers and evangelists, who are supposed to give their time to soul-saving would take time to spend hours each day in prayer to God they would acquire more light on divine things, and a brighter range of scriptural knowledge, and an interior vision into all creation and providence which all the universities of earth could never impart. Also they would obtain a depth of sweetness of experience which would make them channels of divine life to other souls.
It is amazing how little time even ministers, yes even holiness preachers, spend in secret prayer. This is because we foolishly imagine that we have so many other things to attend to that we cannot take time to pray. But some day we may find that time was the raw gold, and that prayer was the mint in which moments were coined into heavenly wealth.
We must take time to pray. The greatest lack of Christian life today, even among people professing holiness, is a lack of taking time for deep, thoughtful, exhaustive prayer. That is taking time to pray any subject out in all its details before the Lord, taking time to put our whole heart and mind intensely in the prayer, and then taking time for the Holy Spirit to speak to us in the depths of our spirit and reveal to us the will of God.