Remember that secret prayer, reading the word of God, watchfulness, and self-examination are the great means of preserving comfort in religion, and of growing in grace. In proportion as you are exact and faithful in these, such usually will be your inward peace, and the safety of your state. Unite them all together, and never cease to practice them while you live.
Rev Ashbel Green 1762 –1848
Taken from the book A Pastor's Counsel: Wise Words for Weary, Wounded, and Wandering Sheep