In Spurgeon’s daily readings, the morning devotional for July 15th is one of exhortation.
[Private prayer] is the very life of all piety. … Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer of vital and experimental religion. … Let your [private devotions] be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. … Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the whole world.
I’ve never been very good at (ie sufficiently disciplined for) using daily devotional readings, and recognise that cherrypicking from completely different months could well be regarded as subversive of the whole concept. However, someone recently gave me Spurgeon’s famous “Morning and Evening” and I’m going to dutifully see how far I can get without abandoning it in disenchantment. (I haven’t peeked at any other day apart from when it randomly fell open at July 15th, I promise.)
[Ps, I might as well add – maybe don’t expect much activity here for the next wee while. Things are going to get fairly significantly more busy and I’m not sure when I’ll get back on an even keel for blogging purposes.]