I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three words, Do you pray?
The question is one that none but you can answer. Whether you attend public worship or not, your minister knows. Whether you have family prayers in your house or not, your relations know. But whether you pray in private or not, is a matter between yourself and God.
I beseech you in all affection to attend to the subject I bring before you. Do not say that my question is too close. If your heart is right in the sight of God, there is nothing in it to make you afraid. Do not turn off my question by replying that you say your prayers. It is one thing to say your prayers and another to pray. Do not tell me that my question is unnecessary. Listen to me for a few minutes, and I will show you good reasons for asking it.
I fear that there are few among us, either near or far that need to read what Bishop Ryle wrote so many years ago concerning the need to pray. For some, it will be a call to come to Christ for the first time to receive the remission and sins and to be clothed in the white raiment of Christ's imputed and perfect righteousness. But to those who have been called and received the grace and mercy of God by the Spirit's work of regeneration, doubtless this will be a call to return and embrace the efficacy of prayer again and/or more often. Everyone can benefit from these words!
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In His service and grace,