Pray Without Ceasing
The children of God express their love in their trusting and persevering prayer. If God seems at times to be slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. We well know that the long-awaited gift is all the more precious for the delay in its being granted. . . Ask, seek, insist. Through this asking and seeking you will be better prepared to receive God’s gift when it comes. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for his greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart. We must never become discouraged in our petitions to God. My God, teach me how to love. My God, teach me how to pray. Love and prayer are inseparably connected.
from In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez p. 464