Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
— Psalm 19:14, NKJV
God should be the highest object of our thoughts. Meditating upon him, and pleading with him, elevates the soul and quickens the affections. A neglect of meditation and prayer will surely result in a declension in religious interests.
Disciplining the mind by religious exercises to love, devotion, and heavenly things will bring the greatest amount of happiness.
If we make God our trust, we have it in our power to control the mind in these things. Through continued exercise, it will become strong to battle with internal foes, and to subdue self, until there is a complete transformation.
The Majesty of heaven, while engaged in his earthly ministry, prayed much to his Father.
“And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.”... His divine pleadings were ascending to his Father from the Mount of Olives that his disciples might be kept from the evil influences which they would daily encounter in the world, and that his own soul might be strengthened and braced for the duties and trials of the coming day.
He prayed for his disciples and for himself, thus identifying himself with our needs, our weaknesses, and our failings, which are so common with humanity.
Christ is our example. Are the ministers of Christ tempted and fiercely buffeted by Satan? So also was He who knew no sin. He turned to his Father in these hours of distress.
He came to earth that he might provide a way whereby we could find grace and strength to help in every time of need, by following his example in frequent, earnest prayer.
— Gospel Workers 1892, p.106-108
Make God the highest object of your thoughts. Revive your affections by meditating on and pleading with Him.
Plead to your Father that your loved ones might be kept from the evil influences which they daily encounter in the world
Plead and that your own soul might be strengthened and braced for the duties and trials of the coming day.
Frequently and earnestly pray to find grace and strength to help in every time of need,