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that turneth aside to tarry for a 1 by thy great power, and by thy night? Why shouldest thou be as strong hand. O Lord, I beseech a man astonied, as a mighty man thee, let now thine ear be attentive that cannot save ? Yet thou, o to the prayer of thy servant, and to LORD, art in the midst of us, and the prayer of thy servants, who dewe are called by thy name ; leave sire to fear thy name: and prosper, us not. - 20. We acknowledge, O | I pray thee, thy servant this day, LORD, our wickedness, and the and grant him mercy in the sight of iniquity of our fathers; for we have
this man. sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not dis Ps. 69:5. Let not those that wait grace the throne of thy glory : re on thee, O LORD God of hosts, be member, break not thy covenant ashamed for my sake; let not those with us.
that seek thee be confounded for my
sake, O God of Israel. TLAM. 5:19. Thou, O LORD, Ezek. 36: 21. I had pity, for mine remainest forever; thy throne from holy name, which the house of Israel generation to generation. Where- had profaned among the heathen, fore dost thou forget us forever, whither they went.... I do not this and forsake us so long time ? Turn for your sakes, 0 house of Israel, thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we but for my holy name's sake, which shall be turned ; renew our days was profaned among the heathen as of old.
whither ye went. And I will sanc'1 Kings. 17: 20. And he cried tify my great name which was prounto the LORD, and said, O LORD faned among the heathen.
32. my God, hast thou also brought evil Not for your sakes do I this, saith upon the widow with whom I so- the LORD God, be it known unto journ, by slaying her son? And he you; be ashamed and confounded stretched himself upon the child for your own ways, O house of Isthree times, and cried unto the rael. Lord, and said, O Lord my God, Dan. 9: 18. We do not present I pray thee, let this child's soul
our supplications before thee for come into him again. And the LORD our righteousness, but for thy great heard the voice of Elijah; and the mercies. soul of the child came into him Ps. 106:7. Our fathers understood again, and he revived.
not thy wonders in Egypt... never2 Chron. 14: 11. And Asa cried theless, he saved them, for his unto the Lord his God, and said, name's sake, that he might make his LORD, it is nothing with thee to mighty power known. help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, II. An Argument from the Covenant O LORD our God; for we rest on and Promises of God. thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art Neh. 1:8. Remember, I beseech our God; let noi man prevail against thee, the word that thou commandthee. So the Lord smote the Ethi- edst thy servant Moses, saying, If yą opians before Asa, and before Ju- transgress, I will scatter you abroad dah; and the Ethiopians fled. among the nations; but if ye turn
Neh. 1:8. Remember, I beseech unto me, and keep my commandthee, the word that thou commandments, and do them, though there edst thy servant Moses, saying, If were of you cast out unto the utterye transgress, I will scatter you most part of heaven, yet will I gathabroad among the nations: but if er them from thence, and will bring ye turn unto me, and keep my com them unto the place that I have mandments, and do them; though chosen to set my name there. there were of you cast out unto the Ps. 105: 3. Let the heart of them uttermost part of the heaven, yet rejoice that seek the LORD. ... Rewill I gather them from thence, and member his marvellous works that will bring them unto the place that he hath done ... he is the Lord our I have chosen to set my name there. God, his judgments are in all the Now these are thy servants and thy earth. He hath remembered his people, whom thou hast redeemed covenant forever; the word that he
commanded, to a thousand genera 106: 4. Remember me, O Lord, tions.
with the favor that thou bearest un
to thy people. O visit me with thy III. An Argument from former Mer- salvation. cies and Deliverances.
22: 2. O my God, I cry in the day
time, but thou hearest not; and in Neh. 9: 7. Thou art the Lord, the night season, and am not silent. the God who didst choose Abraham – 4. Our fathers trusted in thee; ... and madest a covenant with him they trusted, and thou didst deliver to give him the land of the Canaan- | them; they cried unto thee, and ites ... and hast performed thy were delivered; they trusted in thee, words, for thou art righteous: and and were not confounded. didst see the affliction of our fathers Acts 4: 24. Lord, thou art God, in Egypt, and heardest their cry by which hast made heaven and earth, the Red sea ... and didst divide the and the sea, and all that in them is: sea before them... thou gavest them who, by the mouth of thy servant bread from heaven for their hun- David hast said, Why did the heager.
then rage, and the people imagine But our fathers dealt proudly, and a vain thing? – 29. And now, Lord, hardened their necks, and hearkened behold their threatenings, and grant not to thy commandments ... yet unto thy servants, that, with all thou, in thy manifold mercies, for- boldness, they may speak thy word. sookest them not in the wilderness. - 31. And when they had prayed, ... Thou gavest thy good spirit to the place was shaken where ihey instruct them ... so the children were assembled together. went in and possessed the land. 26. Nevertheless, they were diso
VI. Confession. bedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, Ps. 32: 5. I acknowledge my sin and slew thy prophets, which testi unto thee, and mine iniquity have I fied against them...and wrought not hid. I said, I will confess my great provocations; therefore thou transgression unto the Lord, and deliveredst them into the hand of thou forgavest the iniquity of my their enemies, and vexed them; and sin. in the time of trouble when they Isa. 64:5. Bebold, thou art wroth, cried unto thee, thou heardest them for we have sinned: in those is confrom heaven. But after they had tinuance, and we shall be saved. rest, they did evil again before thee. But we are all as an unclean thing,
- 31. For thy great mercies: sake and all our righteousnesses are as thou didst not utterly consume filthy rags; and we all do fade as a them.
Jeaf; and our iniquities, like the Now, therefore, our God,... let wind, have taken us away. not all the trouble that has come Ezra 9: 5. And at the evening upon us seem little before thee, sacrifice I arose up from my heavisince the time of the kings of Assy-ness, and having rent my garment ria unto this day. Howbeit, thou and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, art just in all that is brought upon and spread out my hands unto the us: for thou hast done right; but we Lord my God, and said, O my God, have done wickedly.
I am ashamed and blush to lift up Ps. 85: 1. LORD, thou hast been my face to thee, my God: for our favorable unto thy land: thou hast iniquities are increased over brought back the captivity of Jacob. head, and our trespass is grown up Thou hast taken away all thy wrath unto the heavens. Since the days ... thou hast turned thyself from of our fathers have we been in a the fierceness of thine anger.
great trespass unto this day; and for Turn us, O God of our salvation, our iniquities have we, our kings, and cause thine anger towards us to and our priests, been delivered into
Wilt thou be angry with us the hand of the kings of the lands, forever? Wilt thou draw out thine to the sword, to captivity and to a anger to all generations ? Wilt spoil, and to confusion of face, as it thou not revive us again, that thy is this day. - 13. And after all that people may rejoice in thee?
is come upon us for our evil deeds,
and for our great trespass, seeing | had the dominion over them: yet that thou our God hast punished us when they returned, and cried unto less than our iniquities deserve, and thee, thou heardest them from hast given us such deliverance as heaven; and many times didst thou this; should we again break thy deliver them, according to thy mercommandinents, and join in affinity cies; and testifiedst against them, that with the people of these abomina- thou mightest bring them again unto tions ? wouldest not thou be angry thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and with us till thou hadst consumed us, hearkened not unto thy commandso that there should be no reinant ments, but sinned against thy judgnor escaping! O Lord God of Is- ments, (which if a man do, he shall rael, thou art righteous : for we re live in them;) and withdrew the main yet escaped, as it is this day: shoulder, and hardened their neck, behold, we are before thee in our and would not hear, trespasses: for we cannot stand be- years didst thou forbear them, and fore thee because of this.
testifiedst against them by thy spirit LAM. 3: 21. This I recal to my in thy prophets: yet would they not inind, therefore have I hope. It is of give ear: therefore gavest thou them the Lord's mercies that we are not into the hand of the people of the consumed, because his compassions lands. Nevertheless for thy great fail not. They are new every morn mercies' sake thou didst not utterly ing: great is thy faithfulness. The consume them, nor forsake them; for LORD is my portion, saith my soul: thou art a gracious and merciful therefore will I hope in him. The God. Now therefore, our God, the Lord is good unto them that wait great, the mighty, and the terrible for him, to the soul that seeketh God, who keepest covenant and him. It is good that a man should mercy, let not all the trouble seem both hope and quietly wait for the little before thee, that hath come salvation of the LORD.
upon us, on our kings, on
princes, and on our priests, and on 1 Neh. 9: 1. Now in the twenty- | our prophets, and on our fathers, and-fourth day of this month the and on all thy people, since the time children of Israel were assembled of the kings of Assyria unto this with fasting, and with sackclothes, day. Howbeit thou art just in all and earth upon them. And the seed that is brought upon us; for thou of Israel separated themselves from hast done right, but we have done all strangers, and stood and confess- wickedly: neither have our kings, ed their sins, and the iniquities of our princes, our priests, nor our their fathers. And they stood up in fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened their place, and read in the book of unto thy commandments and thy the law of the LORD their God one testimonies, wherewith thou didst fourth part of the day; and another testify against them. fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God. – 26. VII. Importunity in Prayer. Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast Gen. 32: 24. And Jacob was left thy law behind their backs, and alone; and there wrestled a man slew thy prophets which testified with him until the breaking of the against them to turn them to thee, day. And when he saw that he preand they wrought great provoca- vailed not against him, he touched tions. Therefore thou deliveredst the hollow of his thigh; and the holthem into the hand of their enemies, low of Jacob's thigh was out of who vexed them: and in the time of joint, as he wrestled with him. And their trouble, when they cried unto he said, Let me go, for the day thee, thou heardest thein froin heav- breaketh. And he said, I will not en; and according to thy manifold let thee go, except thou bless me. mercies thou gavest them saviors, And he said unto him, What is thy, who saved them out of the hand of name ? and he said, Jacob. And their enemies. But after they had he said, Thy name shall be called rest, they did evil again before thee: no more Jacob, but Israel : for as a therefore leftest thou them in the prince hast thou power with God hand of their enemies, so that they and with men, and hast prevailed.
1 Sam. 1: 12. And it came to pass, or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish as she continued praying before the give him a serpent? Or, if he shall Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. ask an egg, will he offer him a scorNow Hannab, she spake in her pion? If ye then, being evil, know heart; only her lips moved, but her how to give good gifts unto your voice was not heard ; therefore Eli children, how much more shall your thought she had been drunken. And heavenly Father give the Holy thou be drunken? put away thy wine 18: 1. And he spake a parable unfrom thee. And Hannah answered to them to this end, that men ought and said, No, my lord, I am a wo- always to pray, and not to faint; man of a sorrowful spirit; I have saying, There was in a city a judge, drunk neither wine nor strong drink, which feared not God, neither rebut have poured out my soul before garded man. And there was the Lord. Count not thine hand- widow in that city; and she came maid for a daughter of Belial: for unto him, saying, Avenge me of out of the abundance of my com mine adversary. And he would not plaint and grief have I spoken hith- for a while : but afterward he said
Then Eli answered and said, within himself, Though I fear not Go in peace; and the God of Israel God, nor regard man; yet, because grant thee thy petition that thou this widow troubleth me, I will hast asked of hiin. And she said, avenge her, lest by her continual Let thine handmaid find grace in coming she weary me. And the thy sight. So the woman went her Lord said, Hear what the unjust way, and did eat, and her counte- judge saith. And shall not God nance was no more sad. — 26. And avenge his own elect, which cry day she said, O my lord, as thy soul live and night unto him, though he bear eth, my lord, I am the woman that long with them? I tell you that he stood by thee here, praying unto the will avenge them speedily. NeverLORD. For this child I prayed; and theless, when the Son of man the Lord hath given me my petition cometh, shall he find faith on the which I asked of him: therefore also earth? I have lent him to the Lord; as long Acts 1: 14. These all continas he liveth he shall be lent to the ued with one accord in prayer and LORD. And he worshipped the supplication, with the women, and Lord there.
Mary the mother of Jesus, and with
his brethren. ILUKE 11: 5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a
VIII. Encouragement to Pray. friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of 2 Chron. 15: 2. Hear ye me, Asa, mine in his journey is come to me, and all Judah and Benjamin; the and I have nothing to set before Lord is with you, while ye be with him? And he from within shall an- him; and if ye seek him, he will be swer and say, Trouble me not: the found of you; but if ye forsake him, door is now shut, and my children be will forsake you. Now for a are with me in bed; I cannot rise long season Israel hath been withand give thee. I say unto you, out the true God, and without a Though he will not rise and give teaching priest, and without law. him, because he is his friend, yet But when they in their trouble did because of his importunity he will turn unto the Lord God of Israel, rise and give him as many as he and sought him, he was found of needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, them. and it shall be given you; seek, and
Neh. 2: 1. Now I had uot been ye shall find; knock, and it shall be beforetime sad in his presence. opened unto you. For every one Wherefore the king said unto me, that asketh, receiveth; and he that Why is thy countenance sad, seeing seeketh, findeth; and to him that thou art not sick? this is nothing knocketh, it shall be opened. If a else but sorrow of heart. Then son shall ask bread of any of you, that was very sore afraid, and said unto is a father, will he give him a stone? the king, Let the king live forever:
why should not my countenance be will sprinkle clean water upon you, sad, when the city, the place of my and ye shall be clean. - 26. A new fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and heart also will I give you, and a new the gates thereof are consumed with spirit will put within you. — 37. fire? Then the king said unto me, I will yet for this be inquired of by For what dost thou make request ? the house of Israel to do it for them. So I prayed to the God of heaven. Mar. 7: 7. Ask, and it shall be And I said unto the king, If it please given you, seek, and ye shall find: the king, and if thy servant have knock, and it shall be opened unto found favor in thy sight, that thou you ; for every one that asketh rewouldest send me unto Judah, unto ceiveth ; and he that seeketh findthe city of my father's sepulchres, eth, and to him that knocketh, it that I may build it. — 8. And the shall be opened. Or what man is king granted me, according to the there of you, who, if his son ask good hand of my God upon me.
bread, will he give him a stone; or if Isa. 65: 24. Before they call I will he ask a fish, will he give him a seranswer ; while they are yet speak- pent ? If ye, then being evil, know ing I will hear.
how to give good things to your Jer. 33: 3. Call upon me, and I children, how much more shall your will answer thee.
father which is in heaven give good Joel 2: 32. Whosoever shall call things to them that ask him. on the name of the Lord, shall be 18: 19. Again ; I say unto you, delivered.
That if two of you shall agree on Job 42 : 8. Therefore take unto earth, as touching any thing that you now seven bullocks and seven they shall ask, it shall be done for rams, and go to my servant Job, and them of my Father which is in heavoffer up for yourselves a burnt-offer en. For where two or three are ing; and my servant Job shall pray gathered together in my name, there for you: for him will I accept: lest I am I in the midst of them.
in that ye have not spoken of me the ask in my name, that will I do, that thing which is right, like my servant the Father may be glorified in the Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite, and Son. If ye shall ask any thing I will Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the do it.
16: 23. And in that day ye shall as the LORD commanded them: the ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say Lord also accepted Job.
unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask And the Lord turned the captivi- the Father in my name, he will give ty of Job, when he prayed for his it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothfriends.
ing in my name ; ask, and ye shall
receive, that your joy may be full. 1 Ps. 31: 10. I am the Lord thy Acts 2: 21. Whosoever shall call God, that brought thee out of the on the name of the Lord, shall be land of Egypt. Open thy mouth saved. wide, and I will fill it.
102: 13. Thou shalt arise and have | 12:5. Peter therefore was kept in mercy upon Zion; for the time to prison: but prayer was made withfavor her, even the set time is come: out ceasing of the church unto God for thy servants take pleasure in her for him. And when Herod would stones, and favor the dust thereof. have brought him forth, the same
126: 6. He that goeth forth and night Peter was sleeping between weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall two soldiers, bound with two chains ; doubtless
again rejoicing, and the keepers before the door kept bringing his sheaves with him. the prison. And behold, the angel of
Prov. 10: 24. The desire of the the Lord came upon him, and a light righteous shall be granted.
shined in the prison: and he smote Isa. 45: 19. I said not unto the Peter on the side, and raised him up, seed of Jacob, Seek ye my face in saying, Arise up quickly! And his vain.
chains fell off from his hands. And Ezek. 36 : 24. I will take you the angel said unto him, Gird thyfrom among the heathen, and gather self, and bind on thy sandals: and so you out of all countries ... and I he did. And he saith unto him, Cast