“Do not say, after spending a long time in prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something. And what higher good is there than to cling to the Lord and persevere in unceasing union with Him.”
St. John Climacus
The fool has said, “where is God? I have looked hither and thither and yet He is nowhere to be found.” As the fathers teach, our Lord is everywhere present and dwells in our heart during prayer. He never abandons us, it is we who abandon Him.