Koinonia (koinonia) wrote,

"It also sometimes happens that we seek things entirely related to salvation
without our eager petitions and devoted actions, and yet we do not
immediately obtain what we ask. The result of our petition is postponed to
some future time, as when we daily ask the Father on bended knees, saying,
'Thy kingdom come,' and nevertheless we are not going to receive the kingdom
as soon as our prayer is finished, but at the proper time. It is a fact that
this is often done with benevolent foresight by our Maker, sot that the
desires [inspired by] our devotion may increase by deferment. When they have
advanced more and more by daily growth, at length they embrace perfectly the
joys we are seeking."

The Venerable Bede
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