[From Charles Spurgeon , The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life
, Robert Hall, ed. (Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, 1993), 155.]
I even fear that some allow public religious engagements to over-ride private communion with God. They attend too many sermons, too many conferences, too many Bible readings, too many committees, and even too many prayer meetings-- all good in their own way, but acting injuriously when they cramp out our private prayer. A friend once said that if the apostles were preaching at her time for private communion with God, she would not forsake her place of prayer to go and hear them. It must be better to be with God than with Peter or Paul. Praying is the end of preaching, and woe to the man who, prizing the means more than the end, allows any other form of service to push his prayers into a corner.