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science was touched; and tears began to flow. In which is greater, the mystery or the mercy. This is vain did my companions make their signals to com- such amazing love, as we shall be searching into and mence our operations. As soon as the meeting closed,

1. adoring to all eternity; the bottom of it cannot be I hurried away, threw myself into the first coach I

fathomed by any angel in heaven. God's love in found, drove to my lodgings in the west end of the making us children, 18

1. A rich love: it is love in God to feed us, but it town, paid my rent, took away all my things, and is rich love to adopt us; it is love to give us a crumb, came into this part of the city, in order to hide my- / but it is rich love to make us heirs to a crown. self from my companions; and providentially found

2. It is a distinguishing love; that when God hath this house. I immediately inquired for a Bible; and

passed by so many millions, he should cast a favour

able aspect upon thee! Most are cut out for fuel, for the first time in my life began to read it. I found

and are made vessels of wrath; and that God should my convictions of the evil of my conduct increased; say to thee, “ Thou art my son,” here's a mirror of and I hope I have now found peace and rest in be mercy, the meridian of love í Who, O who can liering on that Saviour whom the Bible reveals." tread upon these hot coals, and his heart not burn

in love to God? Thomas Watson. GOD'S LOVE IN MAKING US CHILDREN. “ BEHOLD what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of THE CHILD AND HER PAPIST FATHER. God!" God showed power in making us creatures, but love in making us sons. Plato gave God thanks

Says a correspondent of a foreign journal : I was that he had made him a man and not a beast; but in the city of P-, seated in the study of the what cause have they to adore God's love, who hath brother with whom I had been labouring, when a made them children ! the apostle puts an ecce to it, little German girl, of twelve or fourteen years of behold! That we may the better behold God's love

age, entered the room, and bursting into tears exin making us children, consider three things : 1. We were deformed : (Ezek. xvi, 6, 8,) “When

claimed, in an animated tone, “Oh, Mr — I am I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own sure the Lord is going to convert my father! I do blood, it was the time of love." Mordecai adopted believe he will be converted now," she added, with Esther because she was fair; but we were in our so much emotion as drew from me the inquiry, “ Of blood, and then God adopted us. He did not adopt

whom is she speaking ?” “Tell the gentlemen yourus when we were clothed with the robe of innocency

cy self, my child," said my friend, " what God has done lin paradise, when we were hung with the jewels of holiness, and were white and ruddy; but when we

for you, and what he has been trying to do for him." were in blood, and had our leprous spots upon us : From the simple story of the girl, I gathered the the time of our loathing was the time of God's loving. following. A year and a half before, in her ignorance 2. As we did not deserve to be made children, 80

and sin she had been led to enter the Church where neither did we desire it. No landed man will force

my friend was preaching, and while there the Lord another to become his heir against his will. If a king should go to adopt a beggar, and make him heir of graciously met her, and converted her soul. Full of the crown; if the beggar should refuse the king's | joy and wonder, she ran home to tell her father, who favour, and say," I had rather be as I am, I would be was a bigoted Romanist, wbata Saviour she had found; a beggar still," the king would take it in high con- but to her surprise he became very angry, beat her tempt of his favour, and would not adopt him against cruelly, and forbade the mention of the subject again his will. Thus it was with us, we had no willingness

| in his house. She continued to attend Church, and to be made children, we would have been begging still; but God, out of his infinite mercy and indul

expressed a wish to join with the people of God in gence, not only offers to make us children, but commemorating the dying love of her Saviour. He makes us willing to embrace the offer.-(Ps. cx. 3.) told her if she did, he would beat her to death. ** Behold, what manner of love is this !".

With this prospect she determined to do her duty, 3. Which is the wonder of love, that God should

putting her trust in Him who hath said, " I will adopt us for his children when we were enemies. If a man would make another heir of his land, he would

never leave nor forsake thee.” When she returned adopt one that is near akin to him. No man would

home and told her father what she had done, he beat adopt an enemy. But that God should make us chil- her most unmercifully, and drove her from the house, dren when we were enemies; that he should make telling her never to return until she had given up na heirs to the crown when we were traitors to the her new fangled religion. Thus forsaken of her crown-oh! amazing, astonishing love! “Behold

| father, the Lord took her up; she was provided with what manner of love is this !" We were not akin to God; we had by sin lost and forfeited our pedigree;

a place in a pious family, at service, reserving to herwe had done God all the injury and spite we could self the first Monday in every month, which day she defaced his image, violated his law, trampled upon spent in distributing tracts to all the German families bis mercies, and when we had angered him, he adopt of her acquaintance, and, whenever permitted, she ed us! What stupendous love was this ! such love

prayed with them before she left, always taking her was never shown to the angels when they fell. God never vouchsafed this privilege of adoption to them;

father's house in her way, though sure of being he did not make them children, but prisoners; they

beaten, and driven from it. Month after month she were heirs only to the treasures of wrath.-(Rom. offered the hardened man a tract, at the same time ü 5.)

entreating him to think of his poor soul, and offering Use. Let all who are thus nearly related to God

to pray with him. Although uniformly driven away stand admiring his love. When they were like Saul,

with severe blows, she said, “I did not caru 1or the breathing forth emnity against Ġod—when their hearts stood out as garrisons against him—the Lord

blows; for, sir, my poor father's soul was all I thought conquered their stubbornness with kindness, and not

of or cared for.” In this course she persevered only pardoned, but adopted them. It is hard to say how long do you think, indolent Christian ? not one month, which many think too long to wait for an I find, moreover, that I do not pray as they did in auswer to prayer; but eighteen months, without seeing old time, whose prayers were so signally answered, any fruit of her labour. Two months before I met | When I compare my prayers with those of the patriher, she found, on visiting her father, that he was in

archs, especially with that of Jacob-and with the

prayers of the prophets, those, for instance, of Elijah tears over his work; he suffered her to read, converse

and Daniel ; when I compare my manner of making and pray without interruption, and at parting bade suit to the Saviour, with the appeals made to him by her come again. The next month he was even more the blind men, and by the woman of Canaan ; and tender; and on the day I first saw her, she had seen above all, when I lay my prayers alongside of His him again, and she said, “Oh, how changed was my

who" offered up prayers and supplications with strong poor father, with tears he begged me to forgive him,

crying and tears" I perceive such a dissimilarity,

that I thence conclude I must pray differently ? and pray for him. I told him I had laid nothing up

I find also that I do not urge my suits to God as I against him, and asked him to pray for himself. He do those whicb I have sometimes occasion to make to knelt down by my side, but could only say, 'O Lord, men. I am wiser as a child of this world than I am forgive, forgive, O Lord, forgive;' and now, sir, I am as one of the children of light. When I want to sure the Lord will hear and convert my poor father.”

carry a point with a human power, I find that I take

more pains, and am more intent upon it, and use The next evening, on entering the praying circle,

greater vigilance and effort, than when I want to I recognised the voice of the little German girl in gain something of God. It is clear, then, that I must the individual who was addressing the throne of alter and reform my prayers- I must pray differently. grace. Her father was there, inquiring with trem But in what respects? How differently? bling eagerness the way to the Saviour's feet. The 1. I must not speak to God at a distance. 2. I father and daughter left the room together that

must draw near to him. Nor that alone. I must stir

myself up to take hold of him.-(Isa. lxiv. 7.) Yea, I night, rejoicing in the grace which had washed away

must take hold of his strength, that I may make peace their stains.

with him.-(Isa. xxvii. 5.) I have been satisfied with approaching God. I must, as it were, apprehend


2. I must not only take hold of God in prayer, but Some time ago I felt strongly the necessity of pray- | I must hold fast to him, and not let him go, except ing more; and I expressed that impression in an he bless me. So Jacob did. There were two imporarticle entitled, “I must pray more." Now I feel tant ingredients in his prayer--faith and perseverance.! that I must not only pray more, but differently; and By the one he took hold of God; by the other he that my praying more will not answer any good pur- | held fast to him till the blessing was obtained. pose, unless I also pray differently. I find that 3. I must be more affected by the subjects about quality is to be considered in praying, as well as which I pray, I must join tears to my pravers. quantity; and, indeed, the former more than the Prayers and tears used to go together much more latter. We learn from Isaiah (chap. i.), that it is than they do now. Hosea says that Jacob “wept possible to make many prayers, or to multiply prayer, and made supplication.” Hannah wept while she as it is in the margin, and yet not be heard. The prayed. So did Nehemiah, and David, and Hezekiah ; scribes and Pharisees mad

de long prayers; but their and God, in granting the request of the last menmuch prayer availed them nothing, while the single tioned, uses this language : "I have heard thy prayer, short petition of the publican was effectual to change I have seen thy tears." But a greater than all these his entire prospects for eternity. It was because it is here. Jesus offered up prayers “ with strong crywas prayer of the right kind. It is a great error to ing and tears.” Some think it unmanly to weep. 1 suppose that we shall be heard for our much speaking. do not know how that may be; but I know it is not Let me, however, say, that while length is not by unchristian. It is thought by some that men must itself any recommendation of prayer, yet we have the have been more addicted to tears then than they are highest and best authority for continuing a long time now ; but it is my opinion that they felt more, and in prayer, We know who it was that, “ rising up a that is the reason they wept more. Now I must feel great while before day," departed into a solitary so as to weep ; not by constraint, but in spite of myplace, and there prayed; and of whom it is recorded self. I must be so affected that God shall see my in another place, that he “continued all night in tears as well as hear my voice; and in order to being prayer to God." "Certainly they should spend a great so affected, I must meditate. It was while David deal of time in prayer who are instructed to “pray mused that the fire burned ; and then he spake with without ceasing.” It is in the social and public wor his tongue in the language of prayer. And we know ship of God that long prayers are out of place. that which melted his heart affected his eye ; for in

But to return from this digression. I must pray the same Psalm, the 39th, he says, “ Hold not thy differently, and I will tell you one thing which has peace at my tears." led me to think so. I find that I do not pray effec- 4. There are other accompaniments of prayer which tually. It may be the experience of others, as well I must not omit. Nehemiah not only wept and as of myself. I do not obtain what I ask; and that, prayed, but also mourned, and fasted, and made corI though I ask for the right sort of thinks. If I asked fession. Why should not I do the same ?

for temporal good, and did not receive it, I should 5. I must plead as well as pray. My prayers must know how to account for it. I should conclude that be more of the nature of arguments—and I must make I was denied in mercy; and that my prayer, though greater use than I have ever done of certain pleas. not answered in kind, was answered in better kind. There is one derived from the character of God: But I pray for spiritual blessingg—for what is inhe. “For thy name's sake pardon mine iniquity. Have rently and under all circumstances good-and do not mercy on me according to thy loving-kindness." obtain it. How is this? There is no fault in the Another is derived from the promises of God: “Hath Hearer of prayer, no unfaithfulness in God. The fault he said, and shall he not do it ; or hath he spoken, must be in the offerer. I do not pray right. And and shall he not make it good ?" Another is drawn since there is no use in asking without obtaining, the from the past doings of God: “I will remember the conclusion is, that I must pray differently.

years of the right hand of the Most High: I will re



member the works of the Lord ; surely I will remem guage, she actually sold her watch, in order to furnish ber thy wonders of old." I must also plead Christ more one hundred Bibles to the poor, at reduced prices. in my prayers. The argument is drawn out to our hands by Paul : " He that spared not his own Son

This was a noble effort in the cause of God: it shall he not with him also freely give

augured well as to future usefulness; and the expecus all things?”

tations which were excited by it were more than 6. But again: I must cry unto the Lord. Crying realized. She took the whole city of St Petersburg expresses more than praying. It expresses earnest, for her sphere, and perambulated it alone; and sucfervent prayer. This is what they all used to do. ceeded beyond all expectations. In the course of a They cried to God. The Psalmist says, “I cried with my whole heart." I must cry with my whole

few months, she sold more than one thousand five heart, yea mightily, as even the Ninevites did, else

hundred Bibles, and Testaments, and Psalters; and those heathen will rise up in the judgment and con in this blessed work she continued perseveringly to l' demn me.

engage. Hundreds derived advantage from her 7. I must seek the Lord in prayer, feeling as did | visits. Job, when he said, “O) that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat !” And this I must do, as Judah is once said to have done, SOMETHING MORE AWFUL THAN THE with my “whole desire." Yea, I must search for him with all my heart. I must even pour out my heart

JUDGMENT. before him, as the Psalmist on one occasion exhorts.

| A CELEBRATED preacher of the seventeenth century, I must "keep not silence, and give him no rest,” as Isaiah directs. “ Night and day praying exceedingly,"

in a sermon to a crowded audience, described the as Paul says he did.

terrors of the last judgment with such eloquence, 8. And I must pray in the Holy Ghost, as Jude ex- pathos, and force of action, that some of his audience horts. We need the Spirit to help our infirmities, not only burst into tears, but sent forth piercing and to make intercession for us. Nor should we be

cries, as if the Judge himself had been present, and satisfied with any prayer in which we have not seemed to have his help."

was about to pass upon them their final sentence. Finally, I must alter and alter my prayers till I get

In the height of this commotion, the preacher called them right; and I must not think them right until upon them to dry their tears and cease their cries, as I obtain the spiritual blessings which they ask. If he was about to add something still more awful and I pray for more grace, and do not get it, I must pray ! astonishing than any thing he had yet brought before differently for it till I do obtain it.

them. Silence being obtained, he, with an agitated Oh, if Christians prayed differently, as well as i more, what heavenly places our closets would be!

countenance and solemn voice addressed them thus : What interesting meetings prayer-meetings would " In one quarter of an hour from this time, the be! What revivals of religion we should have! how emotions which you have just now exhibited will be frequent, nurnerous, and pure! What a multitude stifled--the remembrance of the fearful truths which of souls would be converted! What joyful tidings

excited them will vanish-you will return to your we should hear from our missionary stations, and from the heathen world! Oh, what times we should

carnal occupations, or sinful pleasures, with your I have! The millennium would be on us before we | usual avidity-and you will treat all you have heard! knew it!

' as a tale that is told!'” And because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, the offering of a different kind of prayer for the Spirit would do more to put down error than all other

“THE ACCEPTED TIME.” means which can be resorted to. The preachers of truth cannot put it down without the aid of the Who has not heard of it? How often has it been Spirit of truth.

sounded in the ears of sinful men, to arrest their Let us then pray differently. Let us at least try. I attention, and turn their feet from destruction's am sure it is worth the effort. Let every one who fearful brink, to the paths of life? Alas! how fe reads this, resolve, “I will pray differently."--Nevins.

are willing to give it attention. Cain beard the

admonition when murder was in his heart, “The A WHOLE CITY VISITED BY ONE WOMAN. Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth ? An intelligent, industrious, and kind-hearted woman why is thy countenance fallen? If thou dost well, in Russia became a Christian. Her labours were shalt thou not be accepted ? and if thou dost not transformed into Christian labours; and were follow. well, sin lieth at the door." Ah! if Cain had heeded ed up with an ardour and perseverance seldom ex- that merciful interposition, he might have escaped ceeded. In her visits to the poor, she now carried the fearful crime, and his name would not have gone books and tracts, as well as food and raiment; and forth to every generation of mankind as a murderer when she found persons unable to read, which was and fratricide. He would not heed God in the acfrequently the case, she made it a point to read to cepted time-crime and the curse followed that dethem, and to explain wbat they could not under

Cain became “a stand.

vagabond in the earth.” Did Cain ever repent ? Her prompt assistance was, in a great measure, in- | The Lord knoweth. strumental to a zealous agent becoming extensively | There was an accepted time for sinners of Noah's engaged in the circulation of the Holy Scriptures. day. He warned them of coming destruction, and She gave him two of the first Finnish Bibles that preached repentance. They would not listen to him. ever passed through his hands; and when there was The flood came, and not one despiser escaped dea great demand for the sacred volume in that lan-struction.

and a

There was an accepted time for the sinners' in opposed to the noisy zeal that seeketh the praise of Sodom, Lot was there to warn them; but they de- men. A young divine who was much given to enspised and derided. Even his sons-in-law treated thusiastic cant, one day said to him—“Do you suphim as one who mocked. Sodom and Gomorrah | pose you have any real religion ?“None to speak “ are set forth for an example, suffering the ven- of," was the excellent reply. geance of eternal fire."

Jerusalem had an accepted day. “O Jerusalem, | AFFECTIONATE MANNERS IN MINISTERS. Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest“ How much ministers and religious teachers gain them which are sent unto thee, how often would I by a tender style! I hope, dear brother, you will have gathered thy children together, even as a hen never withhold the pungent doctrines of the gospel; gathereth her chickens under her wings, and yebut I do hope you will cultivate that affectionate would not! Behold, your house is left unto you solemnity which accomplishes much more than harshdesolate.” How accepted the time when Christ | ness. A minister preaches by his looks, his attitudes, offered to save. How condign and terrible their de- and his tones, out the pulpit and in it, as well as by struction.

what he says. Oh! I do long to see love the promiHow many precious, “accepted” seasons are lost, / nent, all-pervading characteristic of every Chris-i never to be retrieved! How many who neglect the tian."- Mrs. Sarah L. Smith. one that now is, fondly thinking that they shall see many others, live not to see one more!

GROANINGS OF THE SPIRIT. Experience and Scripture combine to teach us the

THESE groanings of the Spirit of God which cannot solemn truth, which every soul should heed, that

be uttered, are those unutterable desires where with “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day

the heart is charged, and which can only find vent of salvation." Oh ! let us improve this priceless--it

in the ardent but unspeakable breathings of one who may be this only-season of escape.- New York

first feels his need, and longs to be relieved from itEvangelist.

who hath a strong and general appetancy after right. AFRAID TO DIE.

eousness, and yet can only sigh it forth in ejaculaSome years ago, a minister was preaching in Ply

tions of intense earnestness. These are called the mouth, when a written paper was given to him to

groanings of the Spirit of God, because it is in fact' this effect :-“ The thanksgivings of this congrega.

He who hath awakened them in the spirit of man. tion are desired to Almighty God, by the chaplain,

When he intercedes for a believer, the believer's passengers, and crew of the ----, West Indiaman,

own heart is the channel through which the interfor their merciful escape from shipwreck during the

cession finds its way to the throne of grace.-late awful tempest." The next day the minister went

Chalmers. on board the vessel, with some friends from the shore; and, talking with the passengers, a lady thus

WARS. expregged herself:-“ Oh, sir, what a blessing must

“ WARS," says Jortin, “ are the desolation of poputrue religion be! Never did I see it more than in

lous and flourishing regions, the loss of trade, the my poor negress, Ellen, during the dreadful storm. increase of taxes and debts, poverty, both public When, sir, we were tossed to the heavens, and sunk and private, the destruction of thousands, and the again to the depths, and expecting every wave would

ruin of almost as many families; besides the sickbreak over the vessel and entomb us all, my mind

nesses, the famines, the iniquities and cruelties, was in a horrible state-I was afraid to die—I could

which accompany a state of hostility, and follow the not think to appear before God, but in dread dis camp.” “ It would have proved a striking part of may. Ellen would come to me and say, with all

a vision presented to Adam after the death of Abel,"| possible composure, Never mind, missa; look to

says a writer, “to have brought before his eyes Jesus Christ-he gave-he rule de sea-he prepare

half a million of men, crowded together in the space to die.' And when, sir, we neared the shore, and

of a square mile. When the first father had exwere at a loss to know on what part of the coast we

hausted his wonder on the multitude of his offspring, were, fearing every minute to be dashed to atoms

he would naturally inquire of his angelic instructor, on the rocks, my mind still in a distracted state-I

for what purpose so vast a multitude had been as-, feared to die-I knew nothing of religion ;-poor

sembled. What is the common end? Alas! to Ellen, with the same composure as before, came to

murder each other; all Cains, and yet no Abels ! ” me and said, “Don't be fear, missa, look to Jesus Christ, he de rock; no shipwreck on dat rock; he

QUIET REBUKE. save to de utmost; don't be fear, missa, look to Jesus John Howe, hearing a gentlemen speaking highly Christ. I determined, sir, I hope in divine strength, in praise of some one in a large party, and at the that if ever we reached the shore in safety, I would same time mixing many horrid oaths with his disseek to poss983 that religion which so supported the course, mildly but decidedly said to him, that he' heart of a poor negress in the midst of such dreadful had omitted one great excellence in the character danger."

of that individual. " What is it, sir?” said th .

other with eagerness ; "what is it?” “It is this “NONE TO SPEAK OF."

said Mr Howe, that he was never heard to suear an DR LATHROP was a man of generous piety, but much oath in common conversation."





THERE are families that call not on the name of, in supplication for the grace to serve him! the Lord. Nor is it a new thing: there were | That is not at all likely. such so long ago as when Jeremiah lived. lle Now I would ask if it is not proper and right takes notice of them. He has a prayer about that every bead of a family should adopt the them. It seems he was divinely inspired to call resolution of him who said, “ As for me and my down the indignation of the Lord upon such house, we will serve the Lord ?” But can there families. “ Pour out thy fury," he says, "upon be religion in a house without prayer? Is there the families that call not on thy name." I not inconsistency in saying, “I and my family would not like to have been a member of one will serve God, but we will have no family altar of those families; and much less the head of nor offering ?" Is not prayer an essential part one of thein. It must have been very offensive of the service of God! I wonder if any one to the Lord that there were families in which ever lived who supposed that family prayer was he was not acknowledged and worshipped. not more pleasing to God than the omission of And if there were such families among the it. I wonder if the practice of family prayer heathen nations that offended him, how much ever distressed any conscience. The omission more must it have displeased him that there of it has troubled many. should be such families even among his people. It is admitted, I believe, to be the will of God Israel-families that did not in the family ca. that we should pray to him socially. The Lord's pacity invoke him! I do not know why it should prayer was constructed for social use. The disbe less offensive now. I do not believe it is. ciples were directed to use it when they should Families are now under as great obligations to pray together; and it is, accordingly, in the plu God as ever they were.

ral number : not“ my Father,” but“ our Father.” Some persons ask why we insist on family Now, is God to be socially worshipped, and yet prayer as a duty. They say we cannot produce not worshipped in that first, most permanent, any precept enjoining it. That is true enough. and most interesting form of society-the form But I wonder if that is not a duty, the omission of society instituted by God himself--the fa. of which is the subject of prophetic denuncia mily? Is that to be believed ? But the Lord's tion. I wonder if that is not by implication prayer seems not only intended for social, but commanded, the neglect of which brings down daily use. “Give us this day our daily bread," the wrath of God on those guilty of the neglect. / is one of its petitions. It does not contemplate There are some things so manifestly reason the morrow. It asks supplies but for one day. able, and of such self-evident obligation, that Now, if, as it appears from this reasoning, social they need no law expressly enjoining them. I prayer should be daily, where but in the family, It is not pecessary that they should be taught the society which is abiding, and which a single in so many words.

roof covers, can it with propriety be daily? But if we have no express precept on the sub- Should there be public religious services daily, ject, we have pretty good examples in favour or daily prayer-meetings for this purpose ? of it. I suspect, Abraham, who was so careful Then, how suitable it is that those who together to instruct his household in the way of the Lord, share their daily bread should together daily did not neglect to pray with them. And Darid, ask it! I am quite confident, prayed in his family. It How reasonable and comely is household is said of him, on one occasion, that “he re- religion-family worship! Common blessings, turned to bless his household.” No doubt there such as families daily share, call for common were both prayer and praise in that family. thanksgivings. Common wants, such as families Certainly Joshua must have prayed in his house. together feel, call for common supplications, How otherwise could he have fulfilled his reso. Is it not fit that families, in retiring to rest at lution, that his house as well as himself should night, should together commit themselves to serve the Lord? What ! resolve that his house the divine keeping; and in the morning unite should serve the Lord, and not join with them in praising the Lord for having been their pro

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