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III. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special parc of religious worshipf, is by God required of all meng; and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the game of the Son h, by the help of his Spiriti, according to his willk, with understanding, reverence, humility, ferYency, faith, love, and perseverancel; and, if vocal, in a
known between God and man, the man dy to hear, than to give the sacriChrist Jesus. Eph. ii. 18. For thro' fice of fools: for they consider not him we both have an access by one that they do evil. v. 2. Be not ralh Spirit unto the Father. Col. iii. 17. with thy mouth, and let not thine And whatsoever ye do in word or in heart be hasty to utter any thing bedeed, do all in the name of the Lord fore God: for God is in heaven, and Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the thou upon earth: therefore let thy Father by him.
words be few. Heb, xii. 28. WhereIII. f Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for fore we receiving a kingdom which nothing: but in everything by pray- cannot be moved, let us have grace, er and supplication with thanksgiv- whereby we may serve God acceping, let your requests be made known tably with reverence and godly fear. unto God.
Gen. xviii. 27. And Abraham an8 Psal.lxv. 2. O thou that hearest fwered and said, Behold now, I have prayer, unto thee shall all felh come. taken upon me to fpeak unto the
b John xiv. 13. And whatsoever Lord, who am but dust and athes, ye shall alk in my name, that will I James v. 16. Confess your faults one do, that the Father may be glorified to another, and pray one for anoin the Son, v. 14. If ye shall ask any ther, that ye may be healed: The thing in my name, I will do it. i Pet. effeétual fervent prayer of a righteii. s. Yealloas lively stones, are built ous man availeth much, Jamesi. 6. up a spiritual house, an holy priest. But let him alk in faith, nothing hood to offer up fpiritual facrifices, wavering: for he that wavereth, is acceptable to God by Jesus Chrift. like a wave of the sea, driven with
i Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spi- the wind and tossed. v. 7. For let rit also helpeth our infirmities; for not that man think that he shall rewe know not what we should prayceive any thing of the Lord. Mark, for as we ought; but the Spirit it- i. 24. Therefore I say unto you, felf maketh intercession for us with What things foever ye desire when gronings which cannot be uttered. ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
§ 1 Johnv. 14. And this is the con- and ye shall have them. Mat. vi, 12. fidence that we have in him, that if And forgive us our debts, as we forwe ask any thing according to his give our debtors. v. 14. For if ye forwill, he heareth us.
give men their trespasses, your hea1 Pfal. Ixxiv. 7. For God is the venly Father will also forgive you. king of all the earth, sing ye praises v.15. But if ye forgive not men their with understanding. Eccl. v. 1. trespasses, neither will your Father Keep thy foot when thou goelt to forgive your trespasses. Col. iv. 3. the house of God, and be more rea- Continue in prayer, and watch in
IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawfuln, and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereafter o; but not for the dead p, nor for those of whom it may be known that they have finned the sin unto death q. V. The reading of the scriptures with godly fearr; the.
found the same with thanksgiving. Eph. dead, thou didst arise and eat bread, vi. 18. Praying always with all pray- v. 22. And he faid, While the child er and supplication in the Spirit, and was yet alive, I falted and wept: for watching thereunto with all perfe- I said, Who can tell whether God verance, and supplication for all will be gracious to me, that the saints,
child may live? v. 23. But now he m 1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray is dead, wherefore Thould I falt? in an unknown tongue, my spirit Can I bring him back again? I prayeth, but my undertanding is thall go to him, but he thall not unfruitful.
return to me. (With Luke xvi. 25.) IV.(1 John v. 14. See letter k.) But Abraham faid, Son, remember
or Tim. ii. 1. I exhort there that thou in thy lifetime receivedit fore, that firit of all, fupplications, thy good things, and likewise Laprayers, intercessions, and giving of zarus evil things: but now he is thanks, be made for all men: v. 2. comforted, and thou art tormentfor kings, and for all that are in ed. v. 26. And besides all this, beauthority; that we may lead a quiet tween us and you, there is a great and peaceable life in all godliness gulf fixed : fo that they who would and honesty. John xvii. 20. Nei- pafs from hence to you, cannot; ther pray I for these alone, but for neither can they pass to us, that them allo who shall believe on me would come from thence. Rev. xiv. through their word. 2 Sam. vii. 13. 'And I heard a voice from hea29. Therefore now let it please ven, saying unto me, Write, Blesthee to bless the house of thy fer- fed are the dead who die in the vant, that it may continue for ever Lord, from henceforth: yea, faitli before thee: for thou, O Lord God, the Spirit, that they may rest from haft spoken it; and with thy blef- their labours: and their works do fing let the house of thy servant be follow them. blessed for ever. Ruth iv. 12. And q 1 John v. 16. If any man fee let thy house be like the houle of his brother sin a sin which is not Pharez (whom Tamar bare unto unto death, he shall ask, and he Judah) of the feed which the Lord shall give him life for them that fhall give thee of this young
sin not unto death. There is a sin man.
unto death: I do not say, that he P 2 Sam. xii. 21. Then said his shall pray for it. fervants unto him, What thing is V. - Acts xv. 21. For Moses of this that thou hast done? thou didst old time hath in every city, them fast and weep for the child while it that preach him, being read in the was alive; but when the child was fynagogues every sabbath day. Rev.
sound preaching / and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto God, with understanding, faith and reverencet; linging of psalms with grace in the heart v; as also, che due administration and worthy receiving of the sacramenis instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of Godw. besides religious oaths x and vowsy,
folemn 1. 3. Blessed is he that readeth, and spiritual songs, singing with grace they that hear the word of this pro- in
your hearts to the Lord. Eph. phecy, and keep those things which v. 19. Speaking to yourselves in are written therein: for the time is psalms, and hymns, and spiritual at hand.
fongs, singing, and making melo[ 2 Tim. iy. 2. Preach the word, dy in your hearts to the Lord. Jam, be instant in season, out of seafon; V. 13. Is any among you afsličiéd ? reprove, rebuke, exhort with all let him pray. Is any merry? let him long-suffering and doctrine.
sing pfalms. : Jam. i. 22. But be ye dcers of w Mat, xxviii. 19. Go ye therethe word, and not hearers only, de- fore, and teach all nations, baptizceiving your own selves. A&s x. 33. ing them in the name of the FaImmediately therefore I sent to ther, and of the Son, and of the thee; and thou halt well done, that holy Ghost. (1 Cor.xi:23, to Verse thou art come. Now therefore are 29.) A&s ii. 42. And they continuwe all here present before God, to ed Itedfastly in the apottles doctrine hear all things that are command- and fellowihip, and in brcuking of ed thee of God. Mat. xiii. 19. When bread, and in prayers. any one heareth the word of the * Deut. vi. 13. Thou shalt fear kingdom, and understandeth it not, the Lord thy God, and serve him, then cometh the wicked one, and and that swear by his name. With catcheth away that which was sown Neh. x. 29. They clave to their in his heart: this is he, who receiv- 'brethren, their nobles, and entered feed in the way-side. Heb. iv. 2. ed into a curse, and into an oath, For unto us was the gospel preach- to walk in God's law, which was ed, as well as unto them: but the given by Moses the servant of Cod, Ford preached did not profit them, and to observe and do all the comnot being mixed with faith in them mandments of the Lord our Lord, that heard it. Ifa. lxvi. 2. For all and his judgments and his statutes. those things hath mine hand made, y Ifa. xix. 21. And the Lord Thall and all those things have been, faith be known to Egypt, and the Egypthe Lord: but to this man will I tians shall know the Lord in that Jook, even to him that is poor, and day, and shall do facrifice and obof a contrite fpirit, and trembleth lation; yea, they thall vow a vow, at my word.
unto the Lord, and perform it, v Col. iii. 16. Let the word of With Eccl. v. 4. When thou vowChrist dwell in you richly in all wis- est a vow unto God, defer not to dom: teaching and admonishing one pay it, for he hath no pleasure in another in psalms, and hymns, and fools; pay that which thou halt
solemn fastings z and thanksgivings upon special occasions a, which are, in their several times and seasons, to be used in an holy and religious manner b.
VI. Neither Prayer, nor any other part of religious worship, is, now under the gospel, either tied unto, or made more acceptable by, any place in which it is performed, or towards which it is directed c: but God is to be worshipped everywhere d in spirit and truth e; as in private families f dai
lyg, rowed. v. 5. Better is it that thou feasting and joy, and of fending thouldīt not vow, than that thou portions one to another, and gifts 1houldst vow and not pay.
to the poor. z Joel ii. 12. Therefore also now, b Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we re. saith the Lord, Turn ye even to ceiving a kingdom which cannot be ine with all your heart, and with moved, let us have grace, whereby falting, and with weeping, and we may ferve God acceptably, with with mourning. Esth. iv. 16. Go,
and godly fear. gather together all the Jews that VI. e John iv. 21. Jefus faith unare present in Shuthan, and fast ye to her, Woman, believe me, the for me, and neither eat nor drink hour cometh, when
shall neither three days, night nor day: I also
in this mountain, nor yet at Jeruand my maidens will fait likewise, falem, worship the Father. and fo will I go in unto the king, & Mal. i. 11. For from the rising which is not according to the law; of the fun even unto the going down and if I perish, I perilh. Mat. ix. of the same, my name shall be great 15. And Jesus said unto them, Can among the Gentiles, and in every the children of the bride-chamber place incense Thall be offered unto mourn, as long as the bridegroom my name, and a pure offering : for is with them? but the days will my name shall be great among the come, when the bridegroom shall heathen, faith the Lord of holts. be taken from them, and then shall i Tim. ii. 8. I will therefore, that they fait. 1 Cor. vii. 5. Defraud ye men pray every where, lifting up not one the other, except it be with holy hands, without wrath and consent for a time, that ye may give doubting: your felves to fasting and prayer; • John iv. 13. But the hour comand come together again, that Sa- eth, and now is, when the true wortan tempt you not for your inconti- fhippers shall worship the Father in mency.
spirit and in truth: for the Father .(Pfal.cvii. throughout.) Esther feeketh such to worship him. v.24. ix. 22. As the days wherein the Jews God is a Spirit, and they that wor*rested from their enemies, and the ship him, must worship him in fpimonth which was turned unto rit and in truth, them from sorrow to joy, and from f Jer. x. 25. Pour out thy fury mourning unto a good day, that upon the heathen that know thee they should make them days of not, and upon the families that call
lyg, and in secret each one by himself h; so more solemnly in the publick assemblies, which are not carelesly or willfully to be neglected or forsaken, when God by his word or provi. dence calleth thereuntoi.
VII. As it is of the law of nature, thar, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly ap
pointed not on thy name: for they have alms to the people, and prayed to eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, God alway. and consumed him, and have made
g Mat, vi. 11. Give us this day his habitation desolate. Deut. vi. our daily bread. 6. And these words which I com- b Mat.vi. 6. But thou, when thou mand thee this day, thall be in thine prayelt, enter into thy closet, and heart. v. 7. And thou shalt teach when thou hast shut thy door, pray them diligently unto thy children, to thy Father who is in secret, and and shalt talk of them when thou thy Father who feeth in secret shall fittelt in thine house, and when thoa reward thee openly. Eph. vi. 18. walkest by the way, and when thou Praying always with all prayer lieft down, and when thou rilett up. and supplication in the Spirit, and Job i. 5. And it was so, wlien the watching thereunto with all perdays of their feasting were gone a- severance and supplication for all bout, that Job sent and fanctified saints. them, and rofe up early in the morn- i Ifa. lvi. 6. Also the sons of the ing, and offered burnt-offerings, ac- stranger that join themselves to the cording to the number of them all: Lord, to serve him, and to love the for Job faid, It may be that my sons name of the Lord, to be his ferhave finned, and curied God in their vants, every one that keeperh the hearts. Thus did sob continually. fabbath from polluting it, and tak2 Sam. vi. 18. And assoon as David eth hold of my covenant; v. 7. ehad made an end of offering burnt- ven them will I bring to my holy offerings, and peace-offerings, he mountain, and make them joyful blessed the people in the name of in my house of prayer: their burntthe Lord of hosts. v. 20. Then offerings and their facrifices shall be David returned to bless his houi- `accepted upon mine altar; for mine hold. 1 Pet. iii. 7. Likewise ye hus- house shall be called an house of bands, dwell with them according prayer for all people. Heb. x. 254 to knowledge, giving honour unto Not forsaking the affembling of the wife as unto the weaker vessel, ourselves together, as the manner and as being heirs together of the of some is; but exhorting one an. grace of life, that your prayers be other: and so much the more, as not hindred. Acts x. 2. A devout ye see the day approaching. Prov. man, and one that feared God with i. 20. Wisdom crieth without, she all his house, which gave much uttereth her voice in the streets: V..