Secret Devotion Is The Very Essence Of Vital Christianity  

    Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and the family altar borrow their fires here. Therefore let this fire burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence and barometer of vital and experiential religion.

    Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much.

    Let us examine ourselves in this important manner. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly on our hearts?

    Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go, with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and supplications.