The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon.
Father, you never demanded that Daniel get on his knees three times a day. You didn’t have to— it was his delight. No government decree could keep him from praying to you, loving you, seeking you, worshiping you. He was much more committed to your eternal glory than to his personal survival.
To pray is to descend with the mind into the heart, and there to stand before the face of the Lord, ever-present, all seeing, within you.
Theophan the Recluse
God is never impressed with earnestness.
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18