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it; and, as one of the ancient fathers well observes, we may therefore be secure of his ready will to grant us those good things which his unerring wisdom dictates we should ask of him. Another sense in which we must pray without ceasing, is to keep our will in constant submission to the divine will: thus may we be said to pray always, in a general acceptation of the words, though we do not make use of any outward forms whatever. Nothing is truly good, but conformity to God's will: it is the essence of Christian duty, and consequently of prayer. In proportion as this spirit actuates us, we pray without ceasing; for, if our affections are duly placed on things above, we shall ever be inclined to pronounce this inestimable and all-sufficient prayer, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; for this is the prayer of the heart; viz. the will turned to God. The divine Author of our religion, Jesus Christ, says of himself, that he always did what pleased his heavenly Father: he is our pattern, he taught us the above words, and thus addressed his Father, who, in condescending mercy, vouchsafes likewise to be called OURS. We must never cease praying, therefore, to Christ, to intercede for power to fulfil God's will in all things, even as he has himself set us the example: then

* Cyprian.

LECTURE XXXIX.—Page 71.

The Lord's Prayer-Third Petition: "Thy Will "be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven."

LECTURE XL.—Page 81.

The Lord's Prayer-Fourth Petition: “ Give us "this Day our daily Bread.”

LECTURE XLI.-Page 105.

The Lord's Prayer-Fifth Petition: "And for

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give us our Trespasses, as we forgive them "that trespass against us."

LECTURE XLII.-Page 123.

The Lord's Prayer-Sixth Petition: "And lead "us not into Temptation, but deliver us from "Evil."

LECTURE XLIII.-Page 141.

The Lord's Prayer-Conclusion: "For thine is "the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, for

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LECTURE XLIV.—Page 157.

On the religious Improvement to be derived from duly understanding the different Parts of the Lord's Prayer.

LECTURE XLV.-Page 177.

On the Nature and Number of the Sacraments: with a short View of the five Popish Sacra

ments.

LECTURE XLVI.-Page 195.

On Baptism-First Part.

LECTURE XLVII.—Page 219.

On Baptism-Second Part: On the Requisites for Baptism, and the Expediency of receiving

it.

LECTURE XLVIII.-Page 235.

On Infant Baptism.

LECTURE XLIX.—Page 253.

On the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper-Part I.

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LECTURE L.-Page 273.

On the Lord's Supper-Part II.

LECTURE LI.-Page 289.

On the Lord's Supper-Part III.

APPENDIX,

Comprising three Discourses, addressed to the Inhabitants of Hinxworth, introductory to the preceding Lectures.

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LECTURES,

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LECTURE XXXV.

OF THE DUTY OF PRAYER IN GENERAL.

SECOND PART.

1 THESSALONIANS, V. 17.
Pray without ceasing.

On a subject of such vast importance as prayer, it is impossible to be too full or explicit. It is a duty that cannot be too much enforced, because the neglect of it exposes us to all the evil and misery, both of this life and the next, and reduces us to a state of savage nature. Even among the most barbarous and unenlightened people upon earth, we find some are not without a sense of their own weakness, and have a dependence on a superior power: not knowing the true God, who attracts the service of his creatures by the delightful call of love and grati

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