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and assume that they are believers We feel exceeding desirous of exbecause they do not, with Infidels and posing this wretched and ruinous deAtheists, deny the authenticity of the lusion ; this too common but corrupt Scriptures. We may be thought species of Christianity; a Christiani. guilty of some inaccuracy in thus ap- ty, if it deserves the name, which has plying to the mixed mass of the vain, in it nothing worthy of its author, nothe thoughtless, the covetous, the am- thing great or noble, nothing spiritual bitious, the dissipated, and the world- or holy, nothing raised above the ly Christians, of the present age, the world, nothing, in short, which name of Antinomians. We appre- sanctions its exclusive pretensions to hend, however, that, in truth, there a divine origin, or puts to shame the is no impropriety in fixing on them rival claims of infidelity. We wish this appellation. Do they not take to remind these thoughtless, and, we credit for being Christians, on the will add, these unbelieving men, ground of an unproductive and mere- whose case we are now contemplatly nominal faith in Christ ? Do they ing, that it is not enough to admit the not account themselves members of general authenticity of the Gospel; Christ, children of God, and inheri- that it is not sufficient to have been tors of the kingdom of Heaven, baptized, to be a member of the while they manifestly and habitually Church, and on motives of reputation, disobey the precepts of the Gospel, to pay some decent regard to moraliand while some of them are utter ty. Their religion, if it carry them strangers, and others are even de- no farther than this, will prove utterclared enemies, to that life of purity ly unavailing. A FAITH FRUITFUL and holiness which Christianity re- IN GOOD WORKS, in works far exceedquires ? They, nevertheless, indulge ing, both in kind and degree, what no small degree of hope in a Saviour. they seem to have any conception of, Has not Christ, say they, died for us? and are we not as Christians entitled GOSPEL. to the benefits of his redemption ?

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On the Duty of Prayer. him all perfection, glory, and

honor; and ask his gracious PRAYER, both secret and so- hearing. Confession-In this, cial, is ridiculed by maný, reluc- we confess and enumerate our tantly practised by others, and sins, and professedly humble greatly neglected by all. With ourselves before God. Petition a view to give instruction in, and

-This arises out of a sense of excite to the right discharge of our wants, and belief of sufthe duty of prayer, the following ficiency, power, and willingness Essay was written.

in the Deity to relieve us. In

this division we spread all our T is an exhortation of St. Paul complaints before him, and and supplication with thanksgiv- Intercession--In this, we ask for ing let your requests be made mercies, and deprecate God's known unto God. These words judgments, for others as well as naturally suggest to our minds for ourselves. Thanksgiving several important thoughts on In this, we acknowledge our dethe nature, object, requisites, pendence on God, enumerate his and reasonableness of prayer. mercies to ourselves and others, As it is proposed to insist prin- and express our thankfulnessand cipally on the two last, a few gratitude, Conclusion is the last observations on the former will part of prayer. In this, we sum suffice.

up the whole in the name and By prayer, is not intended a for the sake of Jesus Christ, and mere request or petition, but a submit it to the Divine Will ; solemn address made to the om- and, as at the beginning, ascribe niscient God, consisting of vari- all praise, honor, and glory to ous branches, as occasions may the Father, Son, and Holy Spirequire. It is generally divided rit. into seven parts, viz. Adoration These are the several parts of For Invocation. In this, weimme- prayer. Different persons will diately call on God, ascribe toldwell more or less on each as

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circumstances may require.-fied for a prayer-hearing God : Much has been said respecting Yet, however, we are not to exthe propriety of written forms, pect that all our requests will and extempore prayer.

Ei-be answered. The matter, time, ther, if properly expressed and manner, and temper must be ataccompanied with the heart, tended to, in all our addresses to will doubtless be acceptable to the throne of grace. So far as God. A known and orderly ar- we are deficient in either of rangement is best adapted to so- these, we have cause to fear a cial prayer, because the audi- denial of our requests. This ence can more readily and under- consideration brings us to enstandingly assent to, and joinquire into the requisites of praywith the speaker. Yet, the spea- er. ker should not be confined to It is of high importance, that a form, so but that he may adapt we pay serious attention to what himself with propriety to occa- we ask of God in prayer. The sions and special occurrences. matter should be important and In private prayer, the regular solemn, suited to his character arrangement of the several parts and our own; and, our minds is not so necessary. Every one seriously attentive to whatever may express his own personal we supplicate of him. We ought feelings and desires at the time, not to rush with inattention into and as in the presence of the the presence of the high and omniscient God. But not to en- lofty One, who inhabiteth eternilarge. The nature and design ty ; nor address him with levity, of prayer are the same, both in oron trifling subjects. If our praypublic and private : It is a mak- er does not engage our own ating known our requests unto tention, we cannot reasonably God, and spreading our joys and expect it will engage the attensorrows before him, acknowl- tion of the great Jehovah, unedging his property in us and less, to punish us for insulting sovereignty over us.

him with solemn trifling.
That God is a proper, and What then can be said, for the
the only proper object of our conduct of most people, in their
"prayers needs no labored proof. social worship, in the family, and

As omniscient and omnipresent, in the house of God? While
he is always with us, knows ev- the master of a family reads a
ery thought of our hearts, and chapter in the Bible, and addres-
hears every word of our lips ses the throne of grace, how
we can never pray unnoticed. many members are permitted to
As omnipotent, he can do every be absent ? How many are bu-
thing for us, which is fit to be sied in family concernsor amuse-
done. As infinitely wise, he ments. There is no proper at-
can do for us in the best possi- tention to religion in such con-
ble time, and in the best possi- duct-we cannot serve God and
ble manner. And, as infinitely mammon.
just and good, he can and will And no less reprehensible is
hear and answer our requests, so the conduct of many, when they
far as will promote his glory and go to the house of God. With
our good.

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sence? While the throne of To render our prayers acceptgrace is addressed, how many able to God, we must, also, enindulge wandering thoughts? tertain an unwavering trust and And in some places there are confidence in him. We cannot those who allow themselves to seriously ask of God things, for laugh, talk, and gaze on various which, we trust in ourselves ; or objects. Thus, they draw near which, we believe he is unwilling to God with their mouths, while to grant us ; nor, so long as we their hearts are afar off. These continue wavering and undeterthings ought not so to be. Lip mined in our minds, can we pray worship and formality will never acceptably. Want of confidence bring us unto God.

in the divine goodness, is want As we must pay solemn at- of sincerity in asking; and bars tention to God, and the things a probability of receiving. Awe bring before him in prayer, greeably to which, St. James so must we feel a hearty desire writes

If any of you lack wisfor the things we ask. God de- dom, let him ask of God, and mands the heart ; he sees it, it shall be given him. But let him and will not be deceived. Pray- ask in faith, nothing wavering : er without the heart, is solemn for he that wavereth is like a wave mockery. Should a neighbor, of the sea, driven with the wind. in solemn show, importune us and tossed. For let not that man for things, we knew he did not think that he shall receive any desire, we should resent it as a thing of the Lord. It is the will base insult: yet, how many do of God that we trust and confide thus treat the God who made in him ; but the fearful, the them ? How many in prayer,ask doubting, and the unbelieving for grace to live holy and godly are no friends to him and his lives for grace to deliver them cause they have no love to from evil, and keep them out of his character, temptation ; yet, immediately, Thus, trust and confidence in and even of forethought, allow God are indispensibly necessary themselves in the profanest to the acceptableness of prayer. vices ? Such persons lie unto But how shall sinners, condemGod; they do not mean what ned sinners, trust in a God of

And did they believe inflexible justice ! How can they God would answer their re- look to him, as a prayer-hearing quests, they would feel offended and sin-forgiving Goda God -they would view it a curse, of infinite mercies ! Here then rather than a blessing. It is nowe turn to the gospel provision, wonder such persons continue to Jesus Christ the great high stupid in the ways of sin. And, priest of our profession; (God, have we not reason to fear, that out of him, is a consuming fire.) many such are left of God to Christ hath offered himself an strong delusion, to believe a lie? | atonement and sacrifice for sin, We should take heed how we and by his own blood, entered in attempt to deceive, and trifle once into the holy place, having with the omniscient God. He obtained eternal redemption ; requires truth in the inner parts. and having broken down the midHe is a jealous God, and will dle wall of partition between not give his honor to another. God and us, we now have access

they say.

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