In order to make your prayer more profitable, it would be well from the beginning to picture yourself as a poor, naked, miserable wretch, perishing of hunger, who knows but one man of whom he can ask or hope for help; or as a sick person, covered with sores and ready to die unless some pitiful physician will take him in hand and heal him. These are true pictures of our condition before God. Your soul is more bare of heavenly treasure than a poor beggar is of earthy possessions…your soul is infinitely more sin-sick than that sore stricken patient, and God alone can heal you.
Francis Fenelon, as quoted in Soul Keeping by John Ortberg (p. 87)
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