The interesting volume of reminiscences, "Forty-two Years in the White House," by the late "Ike" Hoover, who was chief usher in the Executive Mansion for that long period of time, gives an interesting glimpse of President Harrison's term in the early nineties.
"Immediately after breakfast the family would retire to the upper floor & be closeted in one of the upper rooms for a half-hour of prayer. The entire atmosphere of the household would be surcharged with spiritual feeling during that time. Until the prayer had been completed, one could not go about one's daily duties without a feeling that prayer was disturbed."
Benjamin Harrison was big enough to be humble; he was big enough to pray. Could any nation have a better sense of its safety, peace & prosperity, both temporal & spiritual, than comes with the realization that its earthly ruler joins with his own family circle, in his home, in prayer to the God to whom all earthly rulers owe their exalted position?
- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)
Mark 1:35 (ISV): “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went to a deserted place and prayed there.”
“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” - Adrian Rogers.