Leonard Ravenhill wrote in December of 1961,
My old master, Samuel Chadwick, had some barbed phrases in his lectures, sermons, and talks. I can still hear his mellow voice saying, “Brethen [sic], the crying sin of the Church is her laziness after God.” Praying people, however, are not lazy. Prayer demands will power. Prayer recognizes unfinished business with and for God. Prayer is a battle for full-grown men, fully armed and fully awake to the possibilities of grace. I write here by constraint, for my spirit is sore, my heart sick at the slothfulness with which we tarry in prayer.