scriptures say that no amount of pious activity can generate
feelings of devotion for God in a person. Devotion can only be
received from one who already has devotion in him, namely a
devotee. The most important aspect of devotional advancement is
to seek out the association of other devotees and pray for their
Adi Purana; Laghu-bhagavatamrta 2.6
ye me bhakta-janah partha
na me bhaktas ca te janah
mad-bhaktanam ca ye bhaktas
te me bhakta-tama matah
Lord Krsna told Arjuna, 'Those who are My direct devotees are actually not My devotees, but those who are the devotees of My servant are factually My devotees.'
Padma Purana, Laghu-bhagavatamrta 2.4
visnor aradhanam param
tasmat parataram devi
Lord Siva told the Goddess Durga, 'My dear Devi, although the Vedas mention the worship of the demigods, the worship of Lord Vishnu is topmost and is ultimately recommended. However above the worship of Lord Vishnu is the rendering of service to Vaisnavas who are related to Lord Vishnu.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.13
na svargam napunar-bhavam
martyanam kim utasisah
The value of a moment's association with the devotee of the Lord cannot even be compared to the attainment of heavenly planets or liberation from matter, and what to speak of worldly benedictions in the form of material prosperity, which are for those who are meant for death.
Sri Vaisnava Pranama
krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
vaisnavebhyo namo namah
I offer my respectful obeisance unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.