As the title indicates, this book is an exhortation to pursue a devout and holy life. Both examples and means are given in this classic.
1. Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted to God. It may include prayers, private or public, meditation, and/or studies of the Bible.
2. Why is our devotion to God so much less than those of the early Christians. It is because their intention was to glorify God in all that they did. If we were intent to lead such lives, all vanity would cease.
3. The question is, Do you sincerely intend to live a strict life for Christ and carefully labor to advance yourself in Christian virtues?
4. Pleasing God in our daily lives to the utmost should be our determination, as in Romans 12:1, ''I call on you through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well-pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.''
5. Persons blessed with free time are expected to be more devout.
6. Those blessed with more means are expected to use them wisely.
7. Without exception, all men and women of all ages and all ranks are obliged to devote themselves to God, to honor and glorify Him daily.
8. Supreme peace and happiness result from close devotion to God.
9. Those half in the world can look about them and see the misery and unhappiness of worldly lives; all too often they share it.
10. How foolish are those who think they can live ''the good life'' without Christ. ''This is vanity and striving after wind'' (Eccl. 2:11).
11. How to improve your prayer life by observing rules previously set up, not allowing yourself to become imprecise in keeping them.
12. Practice humility in your prayers, and it will be so in your life. It is written, ''Be humbled before the Lord, and He will exalt you'' ''God gives grace to the humble'' (James 4:6, 10).
13. A beginner in practicing humility will find it contrary to their former tempers and habits, and much despised by the world. Living contrary to the world is to imitate Christ, for He gave no place to it.
14. Praying regularly for others is a means of training your heart to practice Christian love. This then spills over into blessings for you.
15. It is a duty to conform ourselves to the will of God: ''And be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind to prove what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.'' (Rom. 12:2). It is not enough to submit, we must love to do it.
William Law wrote in the late Puritan period (1680-1730). His works total nine volumes of divinity, most dealing with the daily practice of scriptural Christianity.