“For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, seek Me, and live.” Amos 5:4.
All practical power over sin and over men depends on closet communion. Those who abide in the secret place with God show themselves mighty to conquer evil, and strong to work and to war for God. They are the seers who read His secrets; they know His will; they are the meek whom He guides in judgment and teaches His way. They are his prophets, who speak for Him to others, and ever forecast things to come. They watch the signs of the times and discover His tokens and read His signals. We sometimes count as mystics those who, like the 16th century religious reformer Savonarola and the 14th century mystic Catherine of Siena, claim to have communications from God. May we not stumble at their experiences because we do not have them ourselves. Many of these men and women proved by their lives that they were not mistaken, and that God has led them by a way that no other eye could trace.
- A. T. Pierson
God’s promises give boldness to prayer for His word cannot fail.