The child has got many a kiss, and many a hug—by crying.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.” Psalm 18:6
Prayer is the only means to supply all defects; prayer gets all, and makes up for the loss of all.
It is not the length—but the strength of prayer; it is not the labor of the lip—but the travail of the heart—which prevails with God. It is not the arithmetic of our prayers—how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers—how eloquent they are; nor the geometry of our prayers—how long they are; nor the music of our prayers—how sweet they are; nor the logic of our prayers—how methodical they are—which will prevail with God. It is only fervency in prayer, which will make a man prevalent with God. Fervent prayer hits the mark, and pierces the walls of heaven!
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” Psalm 118:5