To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There is a time to pray, a time to cease from prayer. There is a time to walk alone, a time to walk together. For Enos this was a time for perseverance in prayer, a time to wrestle with the Spirit until an answer came. There would be other seasons-much more frequent and longer in duration-seasons requiring patience and prudence, in which he would walk in the quiet confidence of God’s love.
It would be unfortunate if one were to suppose that the experience recorded herein- as to both the tenacity of his spiritual quest and the response of heaven-is common to or typical of daily prayer. “Never at any time have” our prophets and Apostles “taught or endorsed the inordinate and intemperate zeal that encourages endless, sometimes day-long prayers.” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Our Relationship with the Lord,” p. 103.) Times of pentecost and other spiritual outpourings are the more treasured because they are not a part of every day.