Today I thought I would give you a couple "thoughts" from virtually unknown authors. Sometimes we look to well-known or best-selling authors for inspiration and challenging thoughts. But popularity is not proof of virtue, and some false teachers have an immense number of followers. The first thought is a very helpful admonition regarding prayer, and the second a helpful way to respond to loss. I trust you will find helpful advice in both. (I have taken the liberty to update and clarify both.) Enjoy.
"Among arguments that encourage the necessity of daily prayer remains the fact that Christ enjoins us to petition for "daily" bread. New bread, as we know, is the best. And in a spiritual sense our bread every day given, as a new and hot blessing, is daily requested and bestowed by God. Manna was to be gathered daily, and not provisionally hoarded up. Their attempts to store it up so as to avoid the need to collect it daily, led to it turning rancid.
"You must accustom yourself more and more to the thought that here is not our abiding city, and that all which we call ours here, is only lent, not given to us. We may sorrow for those friends, parents or children we have lost, yet we must acknowledge with gratitude to God the blessing of having enjoyed our years with them... In fact, even the years we had, however short they may have been, were only given to us, we had not deserved them.
As those made for fellowship with God, we only do ourselves a disservice when we neglect intimate time spent with our Savior -- an affectionate relationship kept fresh and sweet through prayer. Likewise, as those made for continual and unbroken communion with our Redeemer, few things are more helpful than remembering that under grace we are owed nothing and deserve nothing (yet given so much!). This reality helps to stifle murmurings and complaints and replace them with the trust of resignation to the God's will and praise offered in gratitude offered to God - both of which help "our joy in life to remain untroubled."
With prayers for your growth in grace,