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Let judgment run down as waters, man is there of you, whom, if his son and righteousness, &c.—Amos v. 4. ask bread, will he give him a stone ? 6. 21. 24.
&c. If ye then, being evil, know how When my soul fainted within me, to give good gifts unto your children, I remembered the Lord, and my how much more shall your Father prayer came in unto thee, into thine which is in heaven, give good things holy temple.—Jonah ii. 7.
to them who ask him ?-Matt. vii. 7 Let man and beast be covered with -11. Luke xi. 9-13. sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God, Christ looking up to heaven, he &c. Who can tell if God will turn? &c. blessed the bread and fishes, &c. He And they prevailed.—Jonah iii. 8-10. went up into a mountain apart to
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of pray, &c. Peter said, Lord, save me. the earth, &c. it may be, ye shall be --Matt. xiv. 19. 23. 30. hid in the day of the Lord's anger. The woman of Canaan would not Zeph. ii. 3.
leave off asking till she had obtained. As he cried, and they would not —Matt. xv. 22-28. hear, so they cried, and I would not If two of you shall agree on earth, hear, saith the Lord of hosts.-Zech. as touching any thing that they shall vii. 13. Prov. i. 24, 25. 28.
ask, it shall be done for them of my The inhabitants of one city shall Father which is in heaven, &c. go to another, saying, Let us go Matt. xviii. 19. speedily (or continually be going) to Ye know not what ye ask, said pray before the Lord, and to seek the Christ unto the mother of Zebedee's Lord of hosts: I will go also.--Zech. children, &c. the two blind men would viii. 20. 21.
not cease crying till they were heard. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time -Matt. xx. 21, 22. 30-33. of the latter rain: the Lord shall, &c. All things whatsoever ye shall ask Zech. x. 1.
in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. I will pour upon the house of – Mat. xxi. 22. Mark xi. 24. James David, &c. the spirit of prayer and i. 5—7. supplication.--Zech. xii. 10.
Christ fell on his face and prayed, Pray for them which despitefully saying, O my Father, if it be possible, use you and persecute you.—Matt. &c. watch and pray that ye enter not V. 44.
into temptation, &c. He prayed again When thou prayest, thou shalt not and again, &c. He kneeled down and be as the hypocrites are; for they prayed.-Matt. xxvi. 39. 41, 42. 44. love to pray standing in the syna- Luke vi. 12. xxii. 41. 46. gogues, &c. but thou, when thou Pray ye therefore the Lord of the prayest, enter into thy closet; and harvest, that he would send forth lawhen thou hast shut thy door, pray bourers into his harvest.-Luke x. 2, to thy Father, &c. And when ye And it came to pass, as he was pray, use not vain repetitions, as the praying in a certain place, when he heathen do: for they think that they ceased, one of his disciples said unto shall be heard for their much speak- him, Lord, teach us to pray, &c.ing, &c. Your Father knoweth what Luke xi. 1, 2. things ye have need of before ye ask And the apostles said untothe Lord, him. After this manner therefore Increase our faith.-Luke xvii. 5. pray ye: Our Father, &c.—Matt. vi. And he spake a parable unto them, 5–13. Luke xi. 1, &c.
that men ought always to pray, and Ask and it shall be given you : not to faint ; saying, There was in a seek and ye shall find: knock and it city, a judge, &c. Shall not God shall be opened unto you; for every avenge his own elect, which cry day one that asketh, receiveth, &c. What and night unto him, &c. I tell you that he will avenge them.-Luke Inquire for one called Saul of Tarxviii. 1-8. xi. 3–8.
sus: for behold he prayeth, &c. Peter Beware of the scribes, &c. who for put them forth and kneeled down and a show (or pretence) make long prayed, and turning him, &c.-Acts prayers.-Luke xx. 46, 47.
ix. 11. 40. Watch ye therefore, and pray al. Cornelius, a devout man, and one ways, that ye may be accounted wor- that feared, &c. and prayed to God thy to escape all these things that alway, &c. Peter went up upon the shall come to pass, &c.-Luke xxi. 36. house-top to pray about the sixth
Pray that ye enter not into temp- hour.-Acts x. 1, 2. 9. 30, 31. tation, &c. Rise and pray, lest ye enter Peter was in prison: but prayer into temptation.—Luke xxii. 40. 46. was made without ceasing of the
If thou knowest the gift of God, church unto God for him.-Acts xii. 5. and who it is, &c. thou wouldest have And on the sabbath, we went out asked of him, and he would have given of the city by a river-side, where thee.—John iv. 10.
prayer was wont to be made, &c. If any man be a worshipper of God, And it came to pass, as we went to and doeth his will, bim he heareth, prayer, a certain damsel, &c.--Acts &c.—John ix. 31. :
xvi. 13. 16. Whatsoever ye shall ask in my Paul, when he had thus spoken, name, that will I do, that the Father kneeled down, and prayed with them may be glorified in the Son. If ye all.--Acts xx. 36. shall ask any thing in my name, I And we kneeled down on the shore will do it.-John xiv. 13, 14. and prayed.--Acts xxi. 5.
If ye abide in me, ye shall ask what Even while I prayed in the temple, ye will, and it shall be done unto I was in a trance.-Acts xxii. 17. you.-John xv. 7.
I make mention of you always in Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father my prayers, making request, If I might in my name, he will give it you: have a prosperous journey.Rom. i. hitherto have ye asked nothing in my 9, 10. name: ask and ye shall receive, that The Spirit also helpeth our infirmiyour joy may be full.-John xvi. 23, ties: for we know not what we should 24. 26.
pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Christ's prayer for his at large.- himself maketh intercession for us, John xvii.
with groanings which cannot be utThese all continued with one ac- tered.-Rom. viii. 26. cord in prayer and supplication. The same Lord over all, is rich Acts i. 14. ii. 42.
unto all that call upon him, &c. The apostles and their company Whosoever shall call upon the name prayed with one accord, and said, of the Lord, shall be saved, &c. How Lord, thou art God, &c. And now, then shall they call on him whom they Lord, behold their threatenings, and have not believed ?--Rom. x. 12–14. grant unto thy servants, that with all Continue instant in prayer.— Rom. boldness they may speak thy word, xii. 12. &c.--Acts iv. 24. 29, 30.
Now the God of hope fill you with We will give ourselves continually all joy and peace in believing, &c. to prayer and, &c.--Acts vi. 4. I beseech you, &c. that ye strive to
Pray God, if perhaps, the thought gether with me in your prayers to of thine heart may be forgiven thee, God for me that I may be delivered, for I perceive, &c. Simon said, Pray &c.—Rom, xv. 13. 30, 31. ye to the Lord for me, that none of With all that in every place call these things which ye have spoken, upon the name of Jesus Christ our &c.-Acts viii. 22–24..
Lord.--Cor. i. 2.
Every man praying, or prophesy- open unto us a door of utterance, &c. ing, having his head covered, disho- Labouring fervently for you in praynoureth his head; but every woman ers, that ye may stand perfect and that prayeth,&c. Judge in yourselves: complete in all the will of God.is it comely that a woman pray unto Col. iv. 2, 3. 12. 1 Pet. iv. 7. God uncovered?-1 Cor. xi. 4,5.13. Night and day praying exceedingly
Let him that speaketh in an un- that we might see your face, and might known tongue, pray that he may in- perfect that which is lacking in your terpret, &c. I will pray with the faith: now God himself, and our spirit, and I will pray with the un- Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, derstanding also.-- 1 Cor. xiv. 13-15. direct our way unto you: and the
Ye also helping together by prayer Lord make you to increase, and for us.—2 Cor. i. 11.
abound in love.--1 Thess.üi. 10–12. For this thing I besought the Lord Pray without ceasing: and the very thrice, that it might depart from me: God of peace sanctify you wholly, &c. and he said unto me, My grace is Brethren, pray for us.—1 Thess. v. sufficient for thee.—2 Cor. xii. 8, 9. 17. 23. 25.
Making mention of you in my We pray always for you, that our prayers, That the God of our Lord God would, &c. fulfil all the good Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, pleasure of his goodness, and the may give unto you the Spirit of work of faith.—2 Thess. i. 11. wisdom and revelation in the know. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, ledge of him, &c.—Eph. i. 16, 17. and God even our Father, which hath
For this cause I bow my knees unto loved us, comfort your hearts, and the Father of our Lord Jesus, &c. establish you in every good word and That he would grant you, according work.—2 Thess, ii. 16, 17. to the riches of his glory, to be Finally, brethren, pray for us, that strengthened with might by his Spirit the word of the Lord may have free in the inner man, that Christ may course (or may run) and be glorified ; dwell in your hearts by faith, &c. - and that we may be delivered, &c. Eph. üü. 14–17.
And the Lord direct your hearts into Praying always with all prayer and the love of God,&c.-2 Thess.iii. 1, 2.5. supplication in the Spirit, and watch Exhort therefore, that first of all ing thereunto with all perseverance, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and supplication for all saints; and and giving of thanks be made for all for me, that utterance may be given men: for kings, and for all that are unto me, that I may, &c. -Eph. vi. in authority (or eminent place), that 18, 19.
we may lead a quiet, &c. For this is Always in every prayer of mine good and acceptable in the sight of for you all, making request, &c. And God our Saviour. I will therefore, this I pray that your love may abound, that men pray every where, lifting up &c.- Phil. i. 4. 9.
holy hands, without wrath and doubtBe careful for nothing; but in every ing: -1 Tim. ii. 1-3. 8. thing by prayer and supplication, with Every creature of God is good, &c. thanksgiving, let your requests be if it be received with thanksgiving: made known unto God,&c.-Phil. iv.6. for it is sanctified by the word of God,
For this cause we also, &c. do not and prayer.-1 Tim. iv. 5. cease to pray for you, and to desire She that is a widow indeed, &c. that ye might be filled with the know- and continueth in supplications and ledge of his will, &c.--Col. i. 9. prayers night and day.—1 Tim. v. 5.
Continue in prayer, and watch in I have remembrance of thee in my the same with thanksgiving, withal prayers night and day.-2 Tim. i. 3. praying also for us, that God would Philem. 4.
Seeing then that we have a great them, &c. that your prayers be not High Priest that is passed into the hindered, &c. The eyes of the Lord heavens, Jesus, &c. Let us therefore are over the righteous, and his ears come boldly unto the throne of grace, are open unto their prayers.—1 Pet. that we may obtain mercy, and find iï. 7. 12. grace to help in time of need.—Heb. Be ye therefore sober, and watch iy. 14. 16.
unto prayer.- 1 Pet. iv. 7. Who in the days of his flesh, when whatsoever we ask we receive of he had offered up prayers and suppli- him, because we keep his commandcations, with strong crying and tears ments, and do those things that are unto him that was able to save him. pleasing in his sight.--1 John iii. 22. -Heb. v. 7.
This is the confidence that we have Having therefore, brethren, bold, in him, that if we ask any thing acness to enter into the holiest, &c. and cording to his will, he heareth us: having an High Priest over the house and if we know that he hear us, whatof God; let us draw near with a true soever we ask, we know that we have heart, in full assurance of faith, &c. the petitions that we desired of him. -Heb. x. 19–22. Eph. iii. 11, 12. If any man see his brother sin a sin
He who prays to God must believe not unto death, he shall ask, and he that he is; and that he is a rewarder shall give him life for them that sin of them that diligently seek him.- not unto death. There is a sin unte Heb. xi. 6.
death, I do not say that he shall pray Pray for us, &c. Now the God of for it.- 1 John v. 14–16. peace, &c. make you perfect in every Praying in the Holy Ghost.good work, to do his will, working Jude 20. in you that which is well-pleasing in The elders, &c. having every one his sight.—Heb, xiii. 18. 20, 21. of them harps, and golden vials full
If any of you lack wisdom, let him of odours (or incense) which are the ask of God, that giveth to all men prayers of the saints.-Rev. v. 8. liberally, and upbraideth not, and it Another angel came and stood at shall be given him: but let him ask the altar, having a golden censer, and in faith, nothing wavering; for he there was given unto him much inthat wavereth, is like a wave of the cense, that he should offer it with (or sea, &c. and let not that man think add it to) the prayers of all saints, that he shall receive any thing of the &c. And the smoke of the incense, Lord.—James i. 5—7.
with the prayers of the saints, ascendYe have not, because ye ask not; ed up before God out of the angel's ye ask and receive not, because ye hand.--Rev. viii. 3, 4. ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (or pleasures).-James
Sect vii. To take special notice of iv. 2, 3.
the acts of God's Goodness and Is any among you afflicted ? let him
Mercy, keep Memorials thereof, pray, &c. Is any sick among you?
celebrate his Praises, extol him, and let bim call for the elders of the church. stir up others so to do. and let them pray over him, &c. and ABRAHAM's servant, when God had the prayer of faith shall save the sick, heard his request, bowed down his &c. Pray one for another: the effec- head and worshipped the Lord. And tual fervent prayer, &c.-James v. he said, Blessed be the Lord God of 13–16.
my master Abraham, who hath not And if ye call on the Father, who left destitute my master of his mercy without respect of persons judgeth, and his truth, &c. When he heard &c.—1 Pet. i. 17.
their words, he worshipped the Lord, Likewise ye husbands dwell with &c.-Gen. xxiv. 26, 27. 52.
I have seen thy face, as though I which they sang after the victory over had seen the face of God; and thou Sisera and his army.---Judges v. wast pleased with me.-Gen. xxxiü. 10. 2 Chron. xx. 26. Ps. cxxiv. 1-7.
Then Jacob said, &c. Let us arise Hannah sung praise, when she and go up to Bethel, and I will make brought Samuel her son to the house there an altar unto God, who answered of the Lord, whom the Lord had given me in the day of my distress, and was her upon her prayer.—1 Sam.ii.l-11. with me in the way which I went, When the Philistines were beaten, &c. And he built there an altar, and Samuel set up a stone; and called the called the place El-bethel, because name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto there God appeared unto him, when hath the Lord helped us.—1 Sam. he fled from the face of his brother. vii. 10–12. -Gen. xxxv. 2, 3. 7. 14, 15. xxvii. When Abigail met David, and pre18, &c.
vented him in his hasty purpose conGod commanded Israel to comme- cerning Nabal's house, he said unto morate their deliverance from Egypt Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of once in every year.—Exod. xiii. 3, &c. Israel, which sent thee this day to • Moses and Israel solemnly cele- meet me; and blessed be thy advice, brated his praise for their deliverance &c. And when David heard that Nabal at the Red Sea, in a song of praise. was dead, he said, Blessed be the --Exod. xv. 2-22.
Lord that hath pleaded the cause of When Israel got the victory over my reproach from the hand of Nabal, the Amalekites, he built an altar, and and hath kept his servant from evil, called the name of it Jehovah-nissi ; &c.--1 Sam. xxv. 32, 33. 39. that is, the Lord my banner.—Exod. When God had promised many xvii. 13–15.
great blessings unto David, he saith, And Moses told unto Jethro his Let thy name be magnified for ever; father-in-law all that the Lord had saying, The Lord of hosts is the God done unto Pharaoh, and to the Egyp- over Israel, &c.—2 Sam. vii. 26. tian's for Israel's sake, &c. And Je- And David spake unto the Lord the thro rejoiced for all the goodness words of this song, in the day that which the Lord had done unto Israel, the Lord had delivered him out of the &c.and said, Blessed be the Lord who hand of all his enemies, and out of hath delivered you, &c. Now I know the hand of Saul: and he said, The that the Lord is greater than all gods. Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my -Exod. xviii. 8–11.
deliverer.—2 Sam. xxii. 1, 2. When thou hast eaten, and art full, Blessed be the Lord, that hath then thou shalt bless the Lord thy given rest unto his people Israel, acGod for the good land which he hath cording to all that he hath promised. given thee. -Deut. viji. 10.
-1 Kings viii. 56. Israel is commanded especially to Upon the return of the ark to the remember their deliverance out of eity of David, he prepares a song, Egypt.-.Deut. xxvi. 1, &c. Exod. and delivers it to be sung by way of xiii. 14, 15.
thanksgiving unto God.1 Chron. Moses's song, setting forth God's xvi. 8-37. mercy.-Deut. xxxii.
When the people had offered willJoshua pitched stones in Gilgal, in ingly towards the building of the memoryof Israel's passing drythrough house of the Lord, David blessed the Jordan ; that all the people of the Lord before all the congregation; earth might know the hand of the and David said, Blessed be thou, o Lord, that it is mighty.-Josh. iv. Lord God of Israel, our Father, for 5–7. 20–24.
ever and ever, &c. Now therefore our The song of Deborah and Barak, God, we thank thee, and praise thy