But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret…
To press this I offer the following motives: —
1. It is expressly commanded of God.
2. Are not the vows of God upon you for the performance of it?
3. Were ye not baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to worship them, and that in all parts of worship, of which prayer is a principal one?
4. Have not some of you been admitted to the Lord's table, when ye professed to renew your baptismal engagements?
5. Have ye not secret sins, secret wants, and secret temptations? And shall ye not have secret prayers adapted to each?
Parallel VersesKJV: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.