“It is natural to man, from his earliest infancy, to cry for relief when in danger or distress, if he supposes that any one able to relieve him is within hearing of his cries.
Every man then who feels his own dependence upon God, and his need of blessings which God only can bestow, will pray to Him. He will feel that prayer is not only his duty, but his highest privilege.
The man then who refuses or neglects to pray, who regards prayer not as a privilege, but as a wearisome and needless task practically says in the most unequivocal manner, I am not dependent on God; I want nothing that He can give; and therefore I will not come to Him, nor ask anything from His hand.
I will not ask Him to crown my work with success, for I am able, and determined, to be the architect of my own future.
I will not ask Him to instruct or guide me, for I am competent to be my own instructor and guide.
I will not ask Him to strengthen and support me, for I am strong in the vigor and resources of my own mind.
I will not request His protection, for I am able to protect myself.
I will not implore His pardoning mercy nor His sanctifying grace for I have need of neither the one nor the other.
I will not ask His presence and aid in the hour of death.
For I can meet and grapple, unsupported, with the king of terrors, and enter, undaunted and alone, any unknown world into which He may usher me.
Such is the language of all who neglect prayer.”
~Edward Payson, 1783-1827