Good Things Come to Those Who Pray

“…to know God as the master and bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of Him, and still not go to Him and not ask of Him—this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him…

“Words fail to explain how necessary prayer is, and in how many ways the exercise of prayer is profitable.  Surely, with good reason the Heavenly Father affirms that the only stronghold of safety is calling upon the His name [cf. Joel 2:32].  By so doing we invoke the presence both of His providence, through which He watches over and guards our affairs, and of His power, through which He sustains us, weak as we are and well-nigh overcome, and of His goodness, through which He receives us, miserably burdened with sins, unto grace; and in short, it is by prayer that we call Him to reveal Himself as wholly present to us.”—John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)

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