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A. Isour Doubts arise from Weakness, and not the total Waz: of Grace, such Doubts should not hinder us, Rom. xir !. Hin that is weak in the Faith receive you, &c.

Q. 10. What is the Danger of coming to the Lord's 'Table without these Graces?

4. The Danger is exceeding great to Soul and Body. (1.) To the Soul, 1 Cor. xi. 29. For be that eateth and drinketh unwo: thily, enteth and drinketh Damnation io bimself, &c. And to the Body, i Cor. xi. 30. For this Caufe many are weak and fickly among you, and many sleep:

Q. 11. What are the Duties of worthy Receivers at the Lord's Table ?

A. Their Duties at the Table are to discern Christ by the Eye of Faith, under those Signs of his body and Blood, I Cor. xi. 29. For he that eateth and drinkerh unworthily, eateth and drinketh Damnation to himself, not dijcir ning the Lord's Body. On the Discovery of him to mourn bitterly for Sin, Zech. xii. 10. And they fall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourreth for his only Son, and shall be in Bitterness for him, as one that is in Bitterness for his firf-born. And to excite all their Graces into vigorous Acis for the applying Christ to themselves, Cant. iv. 16. Awake, O norih Wind, and come thou South, blow upon my Gården, that the Spices thereof may flow out, &c.

Q. 12. What is the Duty of worthy Receivers after the Sacrament?

A. Their Duty is heartily to bless God for Christ, and the Benefits of his Blood, Matth xxvi. 30. And when they bad fung an Hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives. To double their Care and watchfulness again ft Sin, Ephef. iv. 30. And grieve not thy holy Spirit, whereby ye are sealed to the Day of Redemption. And to grow more fruitful in all spiritual Obedience, Col. i. 10. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, bring frkitful in every good Work, and increasing in the Krowledge of God,

Q. 13. What is the first Inference from hences

A. That the Abuse and Profanation of this Ordinance, either by coming to it for carnal Ends, or being forced upon it by Fear of Sufferings, or approaching to it without due Qualifications, is a dreadful Sin, which God will terribly avenge, Matth. xxii, 11, 12, 13. And when the King came in

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Q: 14. What is the second Inference from it?

A. That great and manifold are the Bleifings and Advantages, which Christians duly prepared, may reap by this Ordinance.

of Prayer.

Queft. 98. W "A. Prayer is an Offering up of our Die

Defirés unto God for Things agreeable to his Will, in the Name of Christ, with Confeflion of our Sins and a thankful Acknowledgment of his Mercies.

Q. 1. Who is the proper and only Object of Prayer?

A. God only is the proper Object of Prayer; it is a Part of his natural Worship: therefore it is peculiarły his Honour and Prerogative, and none else can hear and answer them, but God, Psal. 65. 2. Osbou that hearet Prayer, unto thee fall all Fleh come..

Q: 2. Through whom, or in whose Name are our Prayers to be directed to God?

A. Our Prayers are to be directed to God only through Christ and his Name, and not by the Mediation of Angels or Saints, Col. ii. 18. Let no Man beguile you of your Reward in a voluntary Humility, and worshiping of Angels. For the Merit and Satisfadion of Chrift: alone give Succefs and Acceptance to our Prayers, Rey. viii. 3, 4.. And anorber Angel same and food at the Altar, baving a golden Cenfer, and there was given unto him murb Incense, that he should offer it with the Prayers of all the Saints upon the golden Altar, which was before ibe Tbrone. And the Smoke of the Incense which came with the Prayers of the Saints afcended up before God out of the Angel's Hand, v Tim. ii. 5. Fór ibere is one God, and onc 'MediAtor between God' and Men, the Män Christ Jesus.

Q. 3. Wiát is the fisft Property or Quality of acceptable Prayer?

A, No

A. No Prayer can be acceptable to God, except the Matter of it be agreeable to his Will, Jam. iv. 3. Ye ask and re- , ceive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your Lufts. 1 Joh. v. 14, 15. And this is the Confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any Thing according to his Will, be beareth us.

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ak, we know that we have the Petitions that we desired of him.

Q. 4. Is it enough to make Prayer acceptable, that the Matter is agreeable to God's Will?

A. No, it is not; for the Manner as well as the Matter, must be fo too, Psal. lxvi. 18. If I regard Iniquity in my Heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Q. 5. What is the first Qualification of an acceptable. Prayer, respecting the Manner of it?

A. That it be fincere, and flowing from the Heart of a regenerate Person, Prov. xv. 29. The Lord is far from the wicked; but ke b areth the Prayer of the righteous, Jer. xxix. 13. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for: me with all your

Heart. Q. 6. What is the second Qualification of Prayer, respecting the Manner?

A. It must be performed in the Heart of a Child of God by the Spirit of Adoption, Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are Sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of bis Son in our Hearts : crying, Abba, Father, Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit also. helpeth our Infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh Interceffion for us. with Groanings, which cannot be uttered.

Q. 7. What is the third Qualification of an acceptable Prayer, respecting the Manner?

Á. It must be fervent and importunate, not cold and formal, Jam. v. 16.--The effe&tual fervent Prayer of a righteous Man evaileth much, Matth. vii. 7. Ask, and it all be given you; seek, and ye shall find.: knock, and it hall be opened unto, you.

Q. 8. Wherein doth true Importunity with God in Prayer confift:

A. Not in the Multitude of Words, Matth. vi..7. . But when ye pray, use not vain Repetitions as the Heathen do: for . they think they fall he heard for their much speaking. But in an holy Earneitnefs of Spirit to be heard, Pfal. cxliii. 7.

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Hear me speedily, O Lord, min Spirit faileth; hide not thy Face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the Pit. A prudent Choice of prevalent Arguments, Job xxiii. 4. I would order my Cause before him, and fill my Mouth with Arguments. And a resolute Perfistance in our Requells till they be granted, Isa. lxii. 7. And give him no ref, till he establish, and till he make Jerufalem a Praise in the Earth.

Q.: 9. Do not Prayers thus qualified sometimes miscarry? A. God may delay and suspend the Answer of them for a Time, Psal. xxii. 2. O my God, I cry in the Day-time, but ihou heareft not, &c. But sooner or later, God will always answer them, either in the very Thing we ask, i John v. 15. We know that we have the Petitions tbát we desired of him. Or in that which is equivalent or better, Geð. xvii. 18, 19. And Abraham said unto God, Othat Ifomael migbe live before

thee. And God said, Sarah thy Wife shall bear thee a Son infor my died, and thou shalt call bis Name Isaac: and I will eftablish

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l. 10. Is there no Prayer but what is stated and fixed >

A. Yes, there is sudden and occasional Prayer, which we call ejaculatory : Such was Jacob's, Gen. xlix. 18. I have waited for thy Salvation, O Lord. And this is exceeding use

ful to maintain constant Communion with God, and keep Bis the Heart in a spiritual Frame.

11. Is all stated and fixed Prayer publick in the Congregation or Church?

A. No, stated Prayer ought to be in our Families with those under our Charge; and in our Closets betwixt God and us alone, Joth. xxiv. 151-But as for me and my Houfe, will serve the Lord. And Matth. vi. 6. But when thou prayeft, enter into thy Closet, and wben thou haft put thy Door, pray to thy Father which is in Secret, and thy Father which Jeeth in Secret, fhall reward i hee openly.

Q. 12. What infer you from hence?

A. The Refraint of Prayer is not only a great Sin, but an ill Sign of a graceless Heart, Job xv. 4. Tid, thou cafteft of Fear, and restraineft Prayer before God. And that which entails a Judgment and Curse upon Men, and their FamiPour out thy Fury upon the Heathen that

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Q. 13. What is the second Inference from the Ordinance of Prayer?

A. That the true Reason why we enjoy not the Mercies we pray for, is not because God is unwilling to grant Mercies, but because we either neglect Prayer, or miscarry in the Manner of Prayer, Jam. iv. 2, 3. Ye luft, and have not ? ye kill and difire 10 have, and cannot obtain ; ye fight and War, yet ye bave not; because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not, bocause ye ask amiss, tbat ye may consume it upon your Lufts.

of Direction in Prayer.

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in the A. The whole Word of God is of Use to direct us in Prayer ; but the special Rule of Direction is that Form of Prayer, which Christ taught his Disciples, commonly called the Lord's Prayer.

Q. 1. Do Men need Directions, Rules and Helps in Prayer?

A. They do greatly need them ; for in and of our felves we know not what to pray for as we ought, Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit also helperh, our Infirmities: for we know not what we shall pray for as we ought, &c. Nor how to pray in a right Manner, and for right Ends, and a Mistake in either frustrates our Prayer, Jam. iv. 3. Ye' ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your Lufts.

Q. 2. When do Men mistake in the Matter of their Prayer?

A. They mistake in the Matter of Prayer, when they ask of God Things that are not lawful; good and agreeable to his Will. So the Disciples were ready to do in calling for Fire from Heaven on the Samaritans, Luke ix. 54, 55. And when bis Disciples, James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command Fire to come down from Heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But be turned and rebuked them, and said, ye know not what Manner of Spirit ja are of.

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