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Jer. xxxví. 7. It may be, they will present their supplication before the Lord, and will return every one from his evil way, for great is the anger and fury that the Lord hath pronounced against them.
Luke xviii. 9 to 15. See the humble publican's prayer accepted. See more instances of the prayers of penitent returning sinners heard. Judg. iii. 7, 8, 9, 12, 15.—iv. 1, 3.—vi. 1, 7, 10 to 16.-xi. 33. 1 Sam. vii. 4 to 11. 2 Sam. xxiv. 17, 25. Ps. xxxii. 5. Acts ix. 11. CLXXI. With forgiveness towards men. Matt. v. 24. Be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
vi. 12. After this manner pray ye, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Ver. 14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Ver. 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. xi. 25, 26.
Luke vi. 37. Forgive and ye shall be forgiven. Col. iii. 13. 1 Tim. ii. 8. Pray without wrath.
CLXXII. With alms and good works. Isa. lviii. 7. Deal thy bread to the hungry, bring the poor that are cast out to thine house, when thou seest the naked cover him, &c.
Ver. 9. Then shalt thou call and the Lord will answer.
Acts x. 2. Cornelius a devout man, and one that feared God, with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Acts x. 3. He saw an angel coming unto him, saying unto him, Ver. 4. Cornelius, thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. See Prov. xxi. 13.
CLXXIII. Prayer must be frequent, fervent and importunate. Ps. v. 3. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer to thee, and will look up.
Iv. 17. Evening and morning and at noon will I cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
lxxxvi. 3. Be merciful unto me, O Lord, for I have cried unto thee daily.
lxxxviii. I. O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee.
Ver. 9. I have called daily upon thee.
Ver. 13. Unto thee have I cried, O Lord, in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
cxvi. 2. He hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Ver. 13, 17.
cxix. 147. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried unto
Ver. 167. Seven times a day do I praise thee.
Dan. vi. 10. Daniel kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks. Ver. 11.
Matt. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. Luke ii. 37. Anna served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 1 Tim. v. 5.
v. 33. The disciples of John fast often and make prayers.
vi. 12. Jesus continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke xviii. 1. Jesus spake a parable that men ought always to pray and not to faint. Ch. xi. 5 to 15.
Acts i. 4. The apostles continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.
ii. 42. The primitive Christians continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers. vi. 4. The apostles said, we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
x. 2. Cornelius prayed to God always. Ver. 31.
xii. 5. Prayer was made without ceasing of the church for Peter: Rom. xii. 12. Continue instant in prayer. 2 Thess. v. 7. Pray without ceasing.
1 Cor. vii. 5. Give yourselves to fasting and prayer.
Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplications for all saints.
Col. iv. 2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same. 1 Thess. iii. 10. Night and day praying exceedingly.
Heb. v. 7. In the days of his flesh Christ offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears, and was heard.
1 Pet. iv. 7. The end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. Eph. vi. 18. See more instances, 1 Sam. i. 10, 12. Matt. xxvi. 44. 2 Cor. xii. 7, 8, 9.
CLXXIV. Prayers and tears. See Heb. v. 7. in the former section. 2 Kings xx. 2, 3. Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. Ver. 5. Thus saith the Lord to Hezekiah, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee. Isa. xxxviii. 5.
Jer. xxxi. 9. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them, I will cause them to walk in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born. Ver. 12. See Job xvi. 20. Psal. vi. 7, 8, 9.-xxxix. 12.-xlii. 3, 4.-lvi. 8, 9. Acts xx. 19.
CLXXV. Private Prayer. Matt. vi. 6. When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
xiv. 23. Jesus, when he had sent the multitude away, went up unto a mountain to pray, and was there alone. Luke vi. 12.
xxvi. 36. Jesus saith to his disciples, sit ye here till I go and pray yonder.
Ver. 39. And he went a little farther and fell on his face and prayed. Ver. xlii. 44.
Mark i. 35. In the morning Jesus rising up a great while before day, went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Luke v. 16. Jesus withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed. Ch. ix. 18.
Acts x. 9. Peter went up to the house top to-pray. Ver. 30. CLXXVI. Public prayer, being a part of public worship, 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth, behold the heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee.
Ver. 28. Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant. Ver. 29. That thine eyes may be open toward this house night Gg
and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said my name shall be there.
1 Kings viii. 30. Hearken unto the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place, and hear thou in heaven and forgive.
2 Chron. vii. 12. I have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.
Ver. 15. Mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
Ps. lxxxvii. 2. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
cxvi. 18. I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Ver. 19. In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.
Isa. lvi. 7. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called the house of prayer for all people.
Zech. viii. 21. Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord.
Joel i. 14. Call an assembly, gather the elders, and call the inhabitants of the land, unto the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord. Ver. 19. Neh. xi. 17.
ii. 15. Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly.
Ver. 16. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck the breasts.
Ver. 17. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people, O Lord.
Matt. xviii. 19. If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them, of my Father which is in heaven.
Ver. 20. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Heb. x. 25. Not forsaking the assembling yourselves together as the manner of some is. See instances, Luke i. 10. Acts i. 14.—ii. 4. 46.-iii. 1.-xvi. 13.
CLXXVII. Directions concerning the words or expressions to be used in prayer.
Ecl. v. 1. Keep thy foot when thou goest into the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to offer the sacrifice of fools.
Ver. 2. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God, for God is in heaven and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few.
Hos. xiv. 2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, and say unto him, take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously; so will we render the calves of our lips.
Matt. vi. 7. Use not vain repetitions as the heathen do. See 1 Kings xviii. 26, 27.
1 Cor. xiv. 14. If I pray in an unknown tongue mine understanding is unfruitful.
Ver. 19. In the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
CLXXVIII. Of the gestures of body used in prayer. The hands lifted up, spread abroad, spread forth, so prayed Moses. Exod. ix. 29. David. Ps. Ixiii. 4. Solomon. 1 Kings viii. 22. The church. Isa. i. 15.
Standing, so prayed Phinehas. Judg. xx. 28. Solomon. 1 Kings viii. 22. The humble publican. Luke 11, 13.
Kneeling, so prayed Solomon. 2 Chron. vi. 13. Jesus Christ. Luke xxii. 41. Saint Paul. Acts xx. 36.-xxi. 5. Daniel. Dan. vi. 10. Stephen. Acts vii. 60. Peter. Acts ix. 40. See Ps. xcv. 6.
Sam. vii. 18. Nehemiah. Neh. i. 4.
Falling on the face, so prayed Moses. Deut. ix. 18, 25. David and the elders. 1 Chron. xxi. 16. Job. Job i. 20. Ezekiel. Ezek. ix. 8. Jesus Christ. Matt. xxvi. 39. Sitting, so prayed David. Head uncovered. 1 Cor. xi. 4. CLXXIX. The things to be rayed for being as numerous and various as the gifts of God for the supply of the wants of man spiritual and temporal, they cannot be fully exhibited under this head. However a few of the principal of them may be set forth in the following order.
CLXXX. The Lord's prayer as to words, matter, and method, affords a good, though brief model of things to be prayed for.
Matt. vi. 9. After this manner pray ye, our Father which art in heaven, &c.
CLXXXI. Spiritual blessings, wisdom and grace to be asked. Ps. ix. 12. So teach us to number our days, that we inay apply our hearts to wisdom. Jam. i. 5. If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God, and it shall be given him.
2 Chron. i. 10, 11, 12. See Solomon's prayer for wisdom accepted. Matt. vi. 33. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteous
Luke xi. 13. If ye know how to give good gifts unto your chil dren, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spi rit to them that ask him? Matt. vii. 11.
1 Cor. xii. 31. Covet earnestly the best gifts.
xiv. i. Desire spiritual gifts.
Col. iii. 1. Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Ver. 2. Set your affections on things above, not on things on earth.
Heb. iv. 16. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
CLXXXII, For such earthly things as are agreeable to God's will, and with submission to it.
Example. Luke xxii. 42. Jesus prayed, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will but thine be done. Matt. xxvi. 39. Not as I will, but as thou wilt.
1 John v. 14. If we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us. Ver. 15. See 2 Sam. vii. 27.
James iv. 3. Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
CLXXXIII. For daily bread. Matt vi. 11. Give us this day our daily bread.
1 Tim. iv. 5. Every creature of God is good; it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. Sec 1 Kings viii. 37, 38. 2 Chron. vii. 13,
CLXXXIV. For health and deliverance from sickness. 2 Kings xx. 2. Hezekiah prayed to the Lord in his sickness.
Ver. 5. Thus saith the Lord, [to him] I have heard thy prayers, I have seen thy tears, I will heal thee. Isa. xxxviii. 1.
Ver. 7. Isaiah said, take a lump of figs, and they took, and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
Job xxxiv. 28. God heareth the cry of the afflicted. Isa. xxvi. 16. Acts xxviii. 8. Publius lay sick of a fever, to whom Paul entered in and prayed, and laid his hands on him and healed him.
James v. 13. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Ver. 14. Is any sick? let him send for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him.
Ver. 15. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.
2 Chron. xvi. 12, Asa in his disease sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.
CLXXXV. The prayer of the poor heard. Ps. xxxiv. 6. This poor man cried, the Lord heard and delivered him out of all his distresses. lxxii. 12. God shall deliver the needy when he crieth, the poor also, and him that hath no helper. Job xxxiv. 28.
cii. 7. The Lord will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
for deliverance from enemies, for deliverance from
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CLXXXVI. Intercessary prayer, or prayer for others. CLXXXVII. For whom we ought to pray, 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort that supplications, prayers and intercessions, and giving thanks be made for all men.
CLXXXVIII. For the church of God. Ps. cxxii. 6. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.
Isa. Ixii. 6. Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence. Ver. 7. Give him no rest till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Matt. ix. 38. Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication for all saints.
James v. 16. Pray one for another.
1 John v. 16. Pray for a brother that sinneth.
CLXXXIX. Instances of such prayers. Ps. li. 18. Do good in thy good pleasure to Zion, build thou the walls of thy Jerusalem.
xxx. 14. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts, look down from heaven, and behold and visit this thy vine.
cxviii. 25. O Lord, I beseech thee send prosperity.
cxxii. 7. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy pa
Ps. cxxxii. 9. Let thy priests be cloathed with righteousness, and let thy saints shout for joy.
Ver. 16. I will also cloath her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
Amos vii. 2. O Lord God, forgive, I beseech thee, by whom shall Jacob arise, for he is small?