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may manifest an inward sense and feeling of our ipnumerable wants and miseries ; and a just esteem and value for those inestimable mercies we pray to God for; p. 10–13.
4. Such a serious consideration of the infinite majesty and glory of God, and of our own vileness and dependence, as may dispose us to approach Him in an humble and awful frame of mind, and a decent lowly posture of body; p. 13–15.
5. An holy trust and confidence in the power, wisdom, and goodness of God; with an assured persuasion, that whatsoever we ask according to His will, we shall receive ; not for any merit in ourselves, but for the sake, and through the mediation of our great High Priest, and Advocate with the FATHER, Jesus Christ, who ever liveth to make intercession for us. P. 16–18.
To be frequent in prayer is a duty &c.
Be careful for nothing , but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God a.
Take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or what shall we drink? or wherewithal shall we be clothed"? For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,
a Phil. iv. 6.
b Matt. vi. 31.
Seek the Lord, and His strength; seek His face continually.
Seek ye the Lord while He may be found : call ye upon Him while He is near .
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving".
Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
All this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand Thy truth : Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us ".
Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares '.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man k.
• Matt. vi. 32, 83.
d.1 Chron. xvi. 11. e Isa. Iv. 6. i Col. iv. 2. g 1 Pet. iv. 7. h Dan. ix. 13, 14. i Luke xxi, 34.
k Ibid. ver. 36.
Pray without ceasing'.
My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might":
Praying always, with all prayer and supplication in the spirit; and watching thereunto, with all perseverance". : Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning o.
For the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved P.
As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice!
I will cry unto God Most High, unto God That performeth all things for me".
For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee .
Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanks
11 Thess. v. 17.
Eph. vi. 11.
n Ibid. ver. 18. • Jam. i. 17. p Rom. x. 12, 13. 9 Psal. ly. 16, 17. r Psal. lvii, 2.
? s Psal. lxxxvi. 5.
giving. For it is sanctified by the word of God, and prayer.
1. A conscientious carè &c. God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
We know that God heareth not sinners : but if
any man be a worshipper of God, and doth His will, him He heareth *.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you: cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your
double-minded ?. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight *.
But he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination 6.
+ 1 Tim. iv. 4,
5. ` John iv. 24. John ix. 31. y Psal. cxlv. 18, 19.
? Jam. iv. 8. a 1 John iii. 21, 22. • Prov. xxviii. 9.
The Lord is far from the wicked; but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; but the prayer of the upright is His delightd.
The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination : how much more when he bringeth it with a wicked mind e ?
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss; that ye may consume it upon your lusts
If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you; ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
But verily God hath heard me : He hath attended to the voice of my prayer".
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous; and His ears are open unto their cry'.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles
Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee:
Receive, I pray thee, the law from His mouth ; and lay up His words in thy heart';
c Prov. xv. 29. d Ibid. ver. 8. e Prov. xxi. 27. f Jam. iv. 3.
8 John xv. 7. h Psal. lxvi. 18, 19. * Psal. xxxiv. 15. * Ibid. ver. 17. 'Job xxii. 21, 22.