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5 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from His ways; While

angels in their songs rejoice,

And cry, Behold, he prays! 6 The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, and deed, and mind; While with the Father and the Son,

Sweet fellowship they find.
7 Nor prayer is made on earth alone;

The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus on the eternal throne,

For mourners intercedes.
8 0 Thou, by whom we come to God,

The Life, the Truth, the Way!
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:

Lord, teach us how to pray!

112th. 861 He hath made us accepted in the

Beloved.--Eph. 1, 6.

GOD of our forefathers, hear,
And inake Thy faithful, mercies

To Thee, through Jesus, we draw near,
Thy suffering, well-beloved Son,
In whom Thou art well pleased that we

Thy smiling face should ever see. 2 With solemn faith we offer up,

And spread before Thy glorious eyes,
That only

ground of all our hope,
That precious, bleeding Sacrifice,
Which bringsThy graceonsinners down,

And perfects all our souls in one.
3 Acceptance through His only name,

Forgiveness in His blood, we have,
But more abundant life we claim
Through Him, who died oursoulsto save,
To sanctify us by His blood,

And fill us with the life of God.
4 Father, behold Thy dying Son!
And hear the blood that speaks above;
On us be all Thy graces shown,
Peace, righteousness, and joy, and love:
Thy kingdom come to every heart,
And all Thou hast, and all Thou art.

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L.M. 862 Draw nich to God and He will

draw nigh to you.-Jas. 4, 8. 1

The blessings God designs to give, Long as they live should Christians

For only while they pray, they live.
2 The Christian's heart his prayer indites,

He speaks as prompted from within,
The Spirit his petition writes,

And Christ receives and gives it in.
3 And wilt thou in dead silence lie,
While Christ stands waiting for thy

prayer ?
My soul, thou hast a Friend on high,

Arise, and try thy interest there.
4 Il pain afflict, or wrongs oppress;

If cares distract, or fears dismay;
If guilt deject, if sins distress,

The remedy's before thee,--Pray.
5 Tis prayer supports thesoul that's weak
Though thought be broken, language

lame; Pray if thou canst, or canst not, speak;

But pray with faith in Jesus' name.
6 Depend on Him, thou canst not fail ;

Make all thy wants and wishes known;
Fear not, His merits must prevail;
Ask what thou wilt, it shall be done.

863 The cherubim of glory shadowing

the Mercy-seat.-Heh. 9, 4. 1

FROM every stormy wind that blows, There is a calm, a safe retreat ;

Tis found heneath the Mercy-seat.
2 There is a place where Jesus sheds

The oil of gladness o'er our heads;
A place, than all beside more sweet,

It is the blood-stained Mercy-seat.
3 There is a spot where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with

friend: Though sundered far, by faith we meet Around our common Mercy-seat,


4 Ah, whither could we flee for aid,

When tempted, desolate, dismayed;
Or how the hosts of hell defeat

Had suffering saints no Mercy-seat? 5 There, there on eagles' wings we soar,

And time and sense seem all no more, And heaven comes down our souls to

greet, And glory crowns the Mercy-seat. 6 ( let my hands forget their skill, My tongue be silent, cold, and still, This bounding heart forget to beat, If I forget the Mercy-seat!

S.M. 864 Let us therefore come boldly unto

the throne of grace.--Heb. 4. 16. EHOLD the throne of grace,

The promise calls us near: There Jesus shows a smiling face,

And waits to answer prayer. 2 That rich atoning blood, Which sprinkled

round we see, Provides for those who come to God

An all-prevailing plea. 3 Beyond our utmost wants,

His love and power can bless : To those who seek His face, He grants

More than they can express. 4 Thine image, Lord, bestow,

Thy presence and Thy love:
We ask to serve Thee here below,

And reign with Thee above. 5 Abiding in Thy faith,

Our will conformed to Thine, Let us victorious be in death,

And then in glory shine.

78. 865 Knock, and it shall be opened unto

you.-Matt. 7, 7. 1 PRAYER can mercy's door unlock:

Open, Lord, to us that knock!
Us the heirs of glory seal,
With Thy benediction fill

2 Set, О set the captives free,

Draw our backward souls to Thee:
Let us all from Thee receive,

Light to see, and life to live. 3 Give the heavy-laden rest,

Shed Thy love in every breast;
Witness all our sins forgiven,
Grant on earth a glimpse of heaven,

L.M. 866 We have an Advocate with the

Father.- 1 John 2, 1. 1 HOW shall a contrite spirit pray?

A broken heart its griefs make

known? A weary wanderer find the way [alone.

To peace and rest? Through Christ 2 He died, that we might die to sin;

He rose, that we to God might rise;
By His own blood He entered in

The holy place beyond the skies. 3 There, as our great High Priest, he

stands, And pleads before the Mercy-seat; Our cause is in His faithful hands,

Our enemies beneath His feet.
4 Father, in Him we claim our part;

For Thy Son's sake accept us now;
In Him well-pleased Thou always art;
Well-pleased with us through Him be

5 O look on Thine Anointed One;

The gift of Him is all our plea,
Our righteousness-what He hath done,

Our prayer-His prayer for us to Thee. 6 So, while He intercedes above,

In His dear name may we believe,
And all the fulness of Thy love
Into our inmost soul receive.


867 Our fellowship is with the Father, 1 Our heavenly Father calls,

And Christ invites us near; (sweet, With both, our friendship shall be

And our communion dear.

2 God pities all our griefs;

He pardons every day; Almighty to protect our souls,

And wise to guide our way. 3 How large His bounties are!

What various stores of good, Diffused from our Redeemer's hand,

And purchased with His blood! 4 Jesus, our living Head,

We bless Thy faithful care; Our Advocate before the throne,

And our Forerunner there. 5 Here, fix my roving heart!

Here, wait my warmest love! Till the communion be complete In nobler scenes above.

L.M. 868 God, spake in time past unto the

fathers by the prophets.-Heb.1, 1. ? O

In wondrous modes to saints of old. By dream, by oracle or seer;

Wilt Thou not still lhy people hear? 2 What though no answering voice is

Thine oracles--the written word
Counsel and guidance still impart,

Responsive to the upright heart. 3 What though no more by dreams is

shown That future things to God are known? Enough the promises reveal:

Wisdom and love the rest conceal.
4 Faith asks no signal from the skies,

To show that prayers accepted rise:
Our Priest is in the Holy place,

And answers from the throne of grace. 5 No need of prophets to inquire:

The Sun is risen--the stars retire.
The Comforter is come, and sheds

His holy unction on our heads. 6 Lord, with this grace our hearts inspire.

Answer our sacrifice by fire;
And by Thy mighty acts declare,
Thou art the God who hearest prayer.

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