Coming events cast their shadows before them, and when God is about to bless His people His coming favor casts the shadow of prayer over the church. When He is about to favor an individual He casts the shadow of hopeful expectation over his soul. Our prayers, let men laugh at them as they will, and say there is no power in them, are the indicators of the movement of the wheels of Providence. Believing supplications are forecasts of the future, he who prayeth in faith is like the seer of old, he sees that which is to be: his holy expectancy, like a telescope, brings distant objects near to him.
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)