Abraham stood yet before the Lord.
The story takes but a few moments to read; but the scene may have lasted for the space of hours.
We cannot climb the more elevated pinnacles of prayer in a hasty rush.
They demand patience, toil, prolonged endeavor, ere the lower slopes can be left, and the brooding cloud-line passed, and the aspiring soul can reach that cleft in the mountain-side, where Moses stood beneath the shadow of God’s hand.
Of course, our God is ever on the alert to hear and answer those prayers which, like minute-guns, we fire through the livelong day; but we cannot maintain this posture of ejaculatory prayer unless we cultivate the prolonged occasion.
HOW MUCH WE MISS BECAUSE WE DO NOT WAIT BEFORE GOD…
If only we had remained longer at the palace door, we might have seen the King come out with a benediction in His face and a largess in His hands. – F.B. Meyer.
Suppose we resolve to-day that henceforth we will remain “longer at the palace door,” and so receive the larger blessing which the King has for us.
– Daily Meditations for Prayer.