THESE words are the hallmark of genuine conversion. “Behold, he prays” is a surer witness of a man’s conversion than, “Behold, he sings,” or, “Behold, he reads the Scripture,” or, “Behold, he preaches.” These things may be admirably done by men who are not regenerate, but if, in God’s sense of the term, a man really prays, we may know for sure that he has passed from death unto life. True prayer is a sure evidence of spiritual quickening. The Holy Ghost has put spiritual life into the heart of the man who prays, for prayer is the breath of heavenly life. Prayer is the outcome of that sense of need which arises from the new life, a man would not pray to God if he did not feel that he had urgent need of blessings which only the Lord can bestow.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon