My practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing, to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. N0w…the first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious word, was to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching as it were, into every verse, to get blessing out of it..The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. When thus I have been for a while making confession, or intercession, or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go on, into prayer for myself or others, as the Word may lead to it.
– George Mueller, A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealings with George Mueller
as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright 2004; p. 149