In Mansfield Park, the “handsome chapel” at Mr. Rushworth’s estate was “formerly in constant use both morning and evening. Prayers were always read in it by the domestic chaplain, within the memory of many; but the late Mr. Rushworth left it off.” Miss Crawford quips that “every generation has its improvements,” but Fanny responds passionately, saying it’s a “pity” the chapel is no longer used for daily prayers: “There is something in a chapel and chaplain so much in character with a great house, with one’s ideas of what such a household should be! A whole family assembling regularly for the purpose of prayer is fine!”
Father of Heaven! whose goodness has brought us in safety to the close of this day, dispose our Hearts in fervent prayer.
Has your prayer been fervent or flat lately?