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thy garment about thee, and follow | will he heareth us: and if we know me. And he went out, and followed that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, him, and wist not that it was true we know that we have the petitions which was done by the angel ; but that we desired of him. thought he saw a vision. When they If any man see his brother sin a were past the first and the second sin which is not unto death, he shall ward, they came unto the iron gate ask, and he shall give him life for that leadeth unto the city, which them that sin not unto death. There opened to them of his own accord: is a sin unto death: I do not say that and they went out, and passed on ye shall
for it. All unrighteousthrough one street ; and forthwith ness is sin; and there is a sin not the angel departed from him.
unto death. 16: 25. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto prayer of a righteous man availeth God: and the prisoners heard them. much. Elias was a man subject to And suddenly there was a great like passions as we are, and he prayearthquake, so that the foundations ed earnestly that it might not rain: of the prison were shaken: and im- and it rained not on the earth by the mediately all the doors were open space of three years and six months: ed, and every one's bands were and he prayed again, and the heavloosed. And the keeper of the prison en gave rain, and the earth brought awaking out of his sleep, and seeing forth her fruit. the prison-doors open, he drew out Zech. 13: 9. They shall call on his sword, and would have killed my name, and I will hear them. himself, supposing that the prisoners
2 Kings 19: 20. Thus saith the had been fled. But Paul cried with Lord to Hezekiah, That which thou a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no hast prayed to me against the king harm: for we are all here. Then he of Assyria, I have heard. called for a light, and sprang in, and Ps. 6: 9. The Lord hath heard came trembling, and fell down be- my supplication; the LORD will fore Paul and Silas; and brought receive my prayer. them out, and said, Sirs, what must 34 : 4. I sought the LORD : he I do to be saved ? And they said, heard me and delivered me out of Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, all my fears. and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him IX. Characteristics of a Spirit of the word of the Lord, and to all that
acceptable Prayer. were in his house.
1. Sincerity. [ 1 John 3: 21. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we Ps. 17: 1. Give ear to my prayer, confidence toward Go and whatso- that goeth not out of feigned lips. ever we ask, we receive of him, be 145: 18. The Lord is nigh unto cause we keep his commandments, all them, that call upon him in truth. and do those things that are pleas Jer. 29: 13. Then shall ye find ing in his sight. And this is his com me, when ye shall search for me with mandment; That we should believe all your heart. on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, Isa. 29: 13. Forasmuch as this and love one another, as he gave us people draw near unto me with their commandment. And he that keepeth mouth, and with their lips do honor his commandments, dwelleth in him, me, but have removed their heart and he in him. And hereby we know far from me, and their fear toward that he abideth in us, by the Spirit me is taught by the precept of men; which he hath given us.
therefore, behold, I will proceed to 5: 13. These things have I writ- do a marvellous work among this ten unto you that believe on the name people. of the Son of God ; that ye may LAM. 3: 41. Let us lift up our know that ye have eternal life, and heart with our hands to God in the that ye may believe on the name of heavens. the Son of God. And this is the con Ps. 78:34. When God slew them, fidence that we have in him, that if then they sought him, and inquired we ask any thing according to his early after God. — 36. Nevertheless
they flattered him with their mouth: , upon his breast, saying, God be mertheir heart was not right with him. ciful to me a sinner.
EZEK. 33: 31. With their mouth Mat. 26: 39. He went a little they show much love; but their farther, and fell on his face, and heart goeth after their covetousness. prayed, saying, O my Father, if it
Mat. 6: 5. When thou prayest, be possible, let this cup pass from be not as the hypocrites are ; for me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but they love to pray, standing in the as thou wilt. synagogues, and in the corners of JOHN 5: 30. I seek not mine own the streets, that they may be seen of will, but the will of the Father that
23:14. For a pretence, they make long prayers.
LUKE 15: 21. Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
2. Praying in Faith.
2 Sam. 7: 28. And now, O Lord
4. Forgireness. God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast prom Mat. 6:12. Forgive us our debts, ised this goodness unto thy servant : as we forgive our debtors. — 14. therefore now let it please thee to For if ye forgive men their tresbless the house of thy servant, that passes, your heavenly Father will it may continue forever before thee: also forgive you. But, if ye forgive for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken not men their trespasses, neither it; and with thy blessing let the will your Father forgive your treshouse of thy servant be blessed for- passes.
LUKE 6:37. Forgive and ye shall Mat. 21: 22. All things whatso- be forgiven. ye
shall ask in prayer, believing, Mat. 5: 23. If thou bring thy gift ye shall receive.
to the altar, and there rememberest Heb. 11: 6. Without faith it is that thy brother hath aught against impossible to please him: for he that thee, leave there thy gift before the cometh to God must believe that he altar, and go thy way, first be reconis; and that he is a rewarder of them ciled to thy brother, and then come that diligently seek him.
and offer thy gift. James 5: 15. The prayer of faith LUKE 23:34. Father forgive them, shall save the sick, and the Lord for they know not what they do. shall raise him up.
John 15: 7. If ye abide in me, 5. With Purity of Heart. and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done Ps. 26: 6. I will wash my hands unto you.
in innocency: so will I compass thine JAMES 1: 6. Let him ask in faith, altar. nothing wavering. For he that wa $4: 15. The eyes of the Lord are verethis like a wave of the sea, upon the righteous, his ears are open driven and tossed. For let not that to their cry. — 17. The righteous man think that he shall receive any cry, and the Lord heareth, and dething of the Lord.
livereth them out of all their trouHeb. 10: 22. Let us draw near bles. with a true heart, in full assurance 4:3. The Lord hath set apart of faith.
him that is godly for himself; the
Lord will hear when I call unto 3. Humble Submission.
145: 19. The Lord will fulfil the 2 Chron. 7:14. If my people shall desire of them that fear him; he humble themselves, and pray, and also will hear their cry and will save seek my face, and turn from their them. wicked ways, then will I hear from Prov. 15: 8. The sacrifice of the heaven, and will forgive their sins. wicked is an abomination unto the
LUKE 15: 13. The publican, stand- Lord; but the prayer of the upright ing afar off, would not so much as is his delight. lift his eyes unto heaven, but smote John 9: 31. If any man be a wor
shipper of God and doth his will, thou at all brought this people over him he heareth.
Jordan, to deliver us into the hand 1 John 3: 22. Whatsoever we of the Amorites, to destroy · us? ask, we receive of him, because we would to God we had been content, keep his commandments, and do and dwelt on the other side Jordan! those things that are pleasing in his O Lord, what shall I say, when sight.
Israel turneth their backs before Ps. 91: 14. Because he hath set their enemies? For the Canaanites, his love on me, therefore will I de- and all the inhabitants of the land, liver him.
shall hear of it, and shall environ 66: 18. If I regard iniquity in my Us round, and cut off our name from heart, the Lord will not hear me. the earth; and what wilt thou do
unto thy great name? 6. Fervor.
And ihe Lord said unto Joshua,
Get thee up! wherefore liest thou Ps. 89: 1. O LORD God of my sal- thus upon thy face? Israel hath vation, I have cried day and night sinned, and they have also transbefore thee.
gressed my covenant which I comLUKE 22: 44. Being in an agony, manded them; for they have even he prayed more earnestly ; and his taken of the accursed thing, and sweat was as it were great drops of have also stolen, and dissembled blood falling down to the ground. also, and they have put it even
Heb. 5: 7. Who in the days of his among their own stuff. Therefore flesh, when he had offered up prayers the children of Israel could not and supplications, with strong cry- stand before their enemies, but ing and tears, unto him that was turned their backs before their eneable to save him from death, and mjes, because they were accursed: was heard, in that he feared.
neither will I be with you any more, 2 KINGS 20: 2. Then he turned except ye destroy the accursed from his face to the wall, and prayed unto among you. Up, sanctify the peothe Lord, saying, I beseech thee, o ple, and say, Sanctify yourselves LORD, remember now, how I have against to-morrow; for thus saith walked before thee in truth, and with the Lord God of Israel, There is a perfect heart, and have done that l an accursed thing in the midst of which was good in thy sight. And thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand Hezekiah wept sore. - 5. Thus saith ' before thine enemies, until ye take the Lord, I have heard thy prayer, I a way the accursed thing from have seen thy tears: behold I will among you. heal thee; on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the 1 1 Sam. 7: 2. And all the house Lord.
of Israel lamented after the LORD. Neh, 1:4. I sat down and wept And Samuel spake unto all the and mourned certain days, and fast- house of Israel, saying, If ye
do ed and prayed.
return unto the Lord with all your Jer. 9: 1. Othat my head were hearts, then put away the strange waters, and mine eyes a fountain gods and Ashtaroth from among of tears.
you, and prepare your hearts unto Rom. 10: 1. Brethren, my heart's the Lord, and serve him only: and desire and prayer to God for Israel he will deliver you out of the hand is, that they might be saved.
of the Philistines. Then the chil9: 2. I Þave great heaviness and dren of Israel did put away Baalim continual sorrow in my heart. For and Ashtaroth, and served ihe LORD I could wish that myself were ac- only. And Samuel said, Gather all cursed from Christ for my brethren. Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray
James 5: 16. The effectual fer- í for you unto the Lord. And they vent prayer of a righteous man avail gathered together to Mizpeh, and eth much.
drew water, and poured it out before
the Lord, and fasted on that day, X. How Prayer is Hindered. and said there, We have signed
against the Lord. Josh. 7: 7. And Joshua said, Ps. 66: 18. If I regard iniquity Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hasti
in my heart, the LORD will not Acts 7: 60. He (Stephen) kneelhear me.
ed down and cried with a loud Prov. 15 : 8. The sacrifice of voice. the wicked is an abomination to the 1 Chron. 21: 16. David and the LORD.
elders of Israel fell on their faces. Isa. 1: 11. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices XII. Kinds of Prayer. unto me? saith the LORD. – 12. When ye come to appear before
1. Private. who hath required this at your band, to tread my courts ? Bring Mat. 6: 6. When thou prayest, no more vain oblations. - 15. When enter into thy closet, and when thou ye spread out your hands, I will hide hast shut thy door, pray to thy mine eyes from you ; yea, when ye Father who is in secret, and thy make many prayers, I will not Father which seeth in secret shall hear. Your hands are full of blood. reward thee openly.
Micah 3: 1. Ye princes of the 14: 23. Jesus ... went up into a house of Israel, is it not for you to mountain to pray, and was there know judgment? who hate the good alone. and love the evil.-4. Then shall Mark 1: 35. Jesus, rising up a they cry unto the Lord, but he great while before day, departed will not hear them; he will even into a solitary place, and there hide his face from them at that prayed. time, as they have behaved them Luke 5: 16. Jesus withdrew himselves ill in their doings.
self into the wilderness and prayed. Prov. 28 : 9. He that turneth Acts 10: 9. Peter went up upon away his ear from hearing the law, the housetop to pray. even his prayer shall be abomination.
2. Social and Public Prayer. Isa. 59: 1. The LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save ; ! (See Ordinances of the Church, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot
but your iniquities have separated between you and your God; XIII. Times of Prayer. and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Ps. 5: 3. My voice shalt thou Jér. 11: 10. They are turned hear in the morning, 0 LORD, in the back to the iniquities of their fa- morning will I direct my prayer unto thers. ... though they cry unto me, thee and look up. I will not hearken to them.
55 : 17. Evening and morning
and at noon will I pray and cry XI. Position in Prayer. aloud; he shall hear my voice.
119: 164. Seven times a day do Ex. 9: 33. Moses spread forth I praise thee. his hands unto the LORD; and the Dan. 6: 10. He kneeled upon
his thunder and hail ceased.
knees three times in a day, and Ps. 63: 4. I will lift up my hands prayed and gave thanks. in thy name.
1 PETER 4: 7. Be sober and watch 1 KINGS 8 : 22. Solomon stood unto prayer. before the altar of the LORD,... Acts 3: 1. Peter and John went and spread forth his hands toward up together into the temple at the heaven.
hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 Chron. 6: 13. Solomon made (Three P. M.) a scaffold...and upon it he stood and kneeled down upon his knees XIV. Occasional Prayers. before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands towards
1. Dedication. heaven.
LUKE 22: 41. He (Christ) kneel 1 Kings 8: 22. And Solomon ed down and prayed.
stood before the altar of the LORD, Mat. 26: 39. He fell on bis face in the presence of all the congregaand prayed.
tion of Israel, and spread forth his
hands towards heaven: and he said, then hear thou. in heaven, and forLORD God of Israel, there is no God give the sin of thy people Israel, and like thee, in heaven above, or on bring them again unto the land earth beneath, who keepest cove- which thou gavest unto their fathers. nant and mercy with thy servants When heaven is shut up, and there that walk before thee with all their is no rain, because they have sinned heart; who hast kept with thy against thee; if they pray towards servant David my father that thou this place, and confess thy name, promisedst him: thou spakest also and turn from their sin, when thou with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it afflictest them: then hear thou in with thine hand, as it is this day. heaven, and forgive the sin of thy Therefore pow, Lord God of Israel, servants, and of thy people Israel, keep with thy servant David my that thou teach them the good way father that thou promisedst him, wherein they should walk, and give saying, There shall not fail thee a rain upon thy land, which thou hast man in my sight to sit on the throne given to thy people for an inheriof Israel: so that thy children take tance. heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked be 1 If there be in the land famfore ine.
ine, if there be pestilence, blasting,
mildew, locust, or if there be cater1 And now, O God of Israel, let pillar; if their enemy besiege them thy word, I pray thee, be verified, in the land of their cities; whatsowbich thou spakest unto thy servant ever plague, whatsoever sickness, David my father. But will God there be; what prayer and supplicaindeed dwell on the earth? behold, tion soever be made by any man, or the heaven and heaven of heavens by all thy people Israel, which shall cannot contain thee; how much less know every man the plague of his this house that I have builded? Yet own heart, and spread forth his bave thou respect unto the prayer hands towards this house: then hear of thy servant, and to his supplica- thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, tion, O Lord my God, to hearken and forgive, and do, and give to unto the cry and to the prayer which every man according to his ways, thy servant prayeth before thee to whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, day: that thine eyes may be open even thou only, knowest the hearts toward this house night and day, of all the children of men;) that they even toward the place of which thou may fear thee all the days that they hast said, My name shall be there: live in the land which ihou gavest that thou mayest hearken unto the unto our fathers. Moreover conprayer which thy servant shall make cerning a stranger, that is not of thy toward this place. And hearken people Israel, but cometh out of a thou to the supplication of thy ser far country for thy name's sake; vant, and of thy people Israel, when (for they shall hear of thy great they shall pray toward this place: name, and of thy strong hand, and and hear thou in heaven thy dwell- of thy stretched-out arm:) when he ing-place: and when thou hearest, shall come and pray towards this forgive. If any man trespass against house : hear thou in heaven thy his neighbor, and an oath be laid dwelling-place, and do according to upon him to cause him to swear, all that the stranger calleth to thee and the oath come before thine altar for: that all people of the earth may in this house: then hear thou in know thy name to fear thee, as do heaven, and do, and judge thy ser- thy people Israel; and that they may vants, condemning the wicked, to know that this house, which I have bring his way upon his head; and builded, is called by thy name. If justifying the righteous, to give thy people go out to battle against him according to his righteousness. their enemy, whithersoever thou When thy people Israel be smitten shalt send them, and shalt pray unto down before the enemy, because the LORD, toward the city which they have sinned against thee, and thou hast chosen, and toward the shall turn again to thee, and confess house that I have built for thy name: thy name, and pray, and make sup- then bear thou in heaven their prayplication unto thee in this house: er and their supplication, and main