Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me, lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
Mere formalists may be content without answers to their prayers, but genuine suppliants cannot; they are not satisfied with the results of prayer itself in calming the mind and subduing the will – they must go further and obtain actual replies from heaven, or they cannot rest; and those replies they long to receive at once, if possible; they dread even a little of God’s silence.
God’s voice is often so terrible that it shakes the wilderness; but His silence is equally full of awe to an eager suppliant; when God seems to close His ear, we must not therefore close our mouths, but rather cry with more earnestness; for when our note grows shrill with eagerness and grief, He will not long delay us a hearing. – C.H. Spurgeon.
When we call up the central telephone office and there is no answer, we know there is something wrong somewhere. And when silence follows our praying something must be wrong, not with God but with us.
– Daily Meditations for Prayer.