Thomas Goodwin on Enjoying the Means of Grace from Works 6:143
In a word, take all ordinances, dost thou use them as backdoors to let Christ thy private friend in, to the end to speak with him, and to enjoy communion with him? Doth thy heart upon that account value the word thou readest or hearest, as a private letter sent from a dearest friend? Dost thou think of going to the sacrament, as of going to a friend’s house to supper ? Rev. iii. 20. In like manner, dost thou regard private prayer as an opportunity of speaking privately and alone with a friend in secret ?