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CLXII. Persons whose prayer shall be heard. Ps. iv. 3. The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself, the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

xxvi. 6. I will wash mine hands in innocency, so will I compass thine altar.

xxxiv. 15. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. 1 Pet. iii. 12. His ears are open to their prayers.

Ver. 17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Prov. xv. 8. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Ver. 29. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

1 Tim. ii. 8. I will that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.

James v. 16. The prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

CLXIII. Of the divine influence in prayer, the Spirit's assistance. Ps. 10. 17. Lord, thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.

lxxx. 18. Quicken us, and we will call on thy name.

Zech. xii. 10. I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, &c. xiii. 9. I will refine them as silver is refined, and I will try them as gold is tried, and they shall call on my name and I will hear them, I will say it is my people, and they shall say the Lord is my God. Rom. viii. 15. Ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba Father.

Ver. 26. The Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Ver. 27. And he that searcheth the heart knoweth the mind of the Spirit.

Gal. iv. 6. Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying, Abba Father.

Eph. vi. 18. Praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Jude ver. 20. Praying in the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. xiv. 15.

CLXIV. Prayer is to be made in the name of Christ. John xi. 13. Jesus said, whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do unto you.

Ver. 14. That the Father may be glorified in the Son.

xvi. 23. Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name he will give it


Ver. 24. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name, ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full.

Col. iii. 17. Whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. See Heb. iv. 14, 16. Dan. ix. 18.

CLXV. Prayer must be made in faith. Matt. xxi. 22. All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive.

John xv. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Eph. iii. 12. In whom (Christ) we have boldness and access by the faith of him. Heb. iv. 16.

Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.

xi. 6. He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

James i. 6. Ask in faith nothing wavering. Ver. 7. Luke xii. 29. v. 15. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. Jude ver. 20, CLXVI. With sincerity of heart. Ps. xvii. 1. Giye ear unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips.

xxv. 1. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

Ixii. 6. Pour out your heart before God, he is a refuge for us. cxlv. 18. The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon him in truth. Jer. xxix. 13. The Lord said ye shall find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Ver. 14. 2 Chron. xv. 15.

Lam. iii. 41. Let us lift up our heart, with our hands to God in the heavens.

2 Tim. ii. 22. Call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a pure heart, &c. Job xi. 13. CLXVII. With love to God. Ps. xci, 14. The Lord said, because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him.

Ver. 15. He shall call upon me and I will answer him.

CLXVIII. With the fear of God. Ps. cxlv. 19. The Lord will fulfil the desire of them that fear him, he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

CLXIX. With obedience to God. Isa. Ivi. 6. The sons of the stranger that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it and taketh hold of my covenant.

Ver. 7. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and will make them joyful in my house of prayer, their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on mine altar.

John ix. 31. If any man be a worshipper of God and doth his will. him he heareth.

1 John iii. 22. Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Prov. xxviii. 9. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.

CLXX. With humility, confession and turning from sin. 2 Chron. vii. 14. If my people shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Ch. vi. 26, to ver. 40. 1 Kings viii. 37, to ver. 50.

xxxiii. 12. Manasseh humbled himself and prayed, and God was intreated. Ver. 13.

Ps. ix. 12. God forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

x. 17. Lord thou hast heard the desire of the humble.

Jer. xxxvi. 6. Go read the words of the Lord, in the ears of the people,

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. Continuc 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 prayI 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 pray

ed. 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 thec.

Ver. 28. Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant. Ver. 29. That thine eyes may be open toward this house night

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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.

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