THIRD CONDITION OF SUCCESSFUL CHILD-
THE third condition of the successful training
of children is private prayer. Shut up in
the closet, or some chosen, secluded spot, where
no eve can see, nor ear hear us, but the eyes and
ears of the Omnipresent God, Creator, and Father
of humanity, the mother, like Hannah, ought to
prav for her child, before it is conceived, or born.
The father should do likewise; for the earnest,
agonizing prayer of the faithful can never fail.
God will hear such a prayer as he heard Han¬
nah's, and will answer such a prayer as he an¬
swered Hannah's. As the faithful Abraham sup¬
plicated for his children and his household, as
Job did continually for his family, so also must
the Christian father pray for the child and the
household which God has placed under his care.
Morning, noon, and night should be the witnesses
of his pravers, supplications, and intercessions for
every child which God has given him. And if
there be more than one child in the family, or in