(Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665)
When a Christian is in a wilderness, which is a very solitary place — then God delights to speak affectionately to him. "Behold, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart." Hosea 2:14
"When I have her alone," says God, "in a solitary wilderness — I will speak such things to her heart, as shall exceedingly cheer her, and comfort her, and even make her heart leap and dance within her!" Certainly the soul usually enjoys most communion with God — in secret. "But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6
A husband imparts his mind most freely and fully to his wife when she is alone; and so does Christ to the believing soul. Oh . . .
the secret kisses,
the secret embraces,
the secret visits,
the secret whispers,
the secret cheerings,
the secret discoveries,
which God gives to His people when in secret prayer.
"But as for me, it is good to be near God." Psalm 73:28
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16