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hand, as if lifted up with senseless importunity to the confines of deepest mystery; and, let the constancy raviny elements themselves. Yet nature would of patent and palpable nature be as unaltered and strongls prompt the aspiration; and, if there be truth unalterable as it may, God reserves to himself the in our argument, there is nothing in the constitution place of mastery and command, whether among the of the universe to forbid its accomplishment. God arcana of vegetation, or the depths of meteorology. might answer the prayer, not by unsettling the order | He may at once permit a most rigid uniformity to of secondary causes--not by reversing any of the the visible workings of nature's mechanism, while wonted successions that are known to take place among its invisible, which are also its antecedent in the ever-restless, ever-heaving atmosphere--not workings, he retains that station of pre-eminence and by sensible miracle among those nearer footsteps | power, whence he brings all things to pass according which the philosopher has traced; but by the touch to his pleasure. It is not by sending bread from the of an immediate hand among the deep recesses of upper storehouses of the firmament that he answers materialism, which are beyond the ken of all his in this prayer. It is by sending rain and fruitful seastruments. It is thence that the Sovereign of nature song. The intermediate machinery of nature is not might bid the wild uproar of the elements into si. cast aside, but pressed into the service; and the lence. It is there that the virtue comes out of Him, prayer is answered by a secret touch from the finger which passes like a winged messenger from the invi of the Almighty, which sets all its parts and all its sible to the visible; and, at the threshold of separa- | processes agoing. With the eye of sense, man sees tion between these two regions, impresses the direction nothing but nature revolving in her wouted cycles. of the Almighty's wil on the remotest cause which and the months following each other in bright and science can mount her way to. From this point in the beautiful succession. In the eye of faith, ay, and of series, the paih of descent along the line of nearer sound philosophy, every year of smiling plenty upon and proximate causes may be rigidly invariable; and earth, is a year crowned with the goodness of heaven. in respect of the order, the precise undeviating or But to touch on that which more immediately der, wherewith they follow each other, all things I concerns us, let us now instance prayer for health.
concerns us, let us p continue as they were from the beginning of the crea We ask, if here philosophy has taken possession of tion. The heat, and the vapour, and the atmosphe the whole domain, and left no room for the prerogarical precipitates, and the consequent moving forces tives and the exercise of faith-no hope for, prayer ? by which either to raise a new tempest or lay an old Has the whole intermediate space between the first
v procead, and without one hair- cuuse and the ultimate phenomena been 80 thobreadth of deviation, according to the successions of roughly explored, and the rigid uniformity of every our established philosophy; yet each be but the obe- footstep in the series been so fixed and ascertained dient messenger of that voice, which gave furth its | by observation, as to preclude the rationality of command at the fountain-head of the whole opera prayer, and leave it without a meaning, because tion; which commissioned the vapours to ascend from without the possibility of a fulfilment? Where is the ends of the earth, and made lightnings for the the physician or the physiologist who can tell, that rain, and brought the wind out of his treasuries. / he has made the ascent from one prognostic or one These are the palpable steps of the process; but an predisposition to another, till he reached even to the unseen influence, behind the farthest limit of man's primary fountain head of that influence, which either boasted discoveries, may have set them agoing. And medicates or distempers the human frame; and found Lihat influence may have been accorded to prayer- | throughout an adamantine chain of necessity, not to the power that moves Him who moves the universe; be broken by the sufferer's imploring cry? We ask and who, without violence to the kno: n regularities the guardians of our health, how far upon the pathof nature, can either send forth the hurricane over way of causation the discoveries of medical science the face of the deep, or recall it at His pleasure. have carried them; and whether, above and beyond Such is the joyful persuasion of faith, and proud phi their farthest look into the mysteries of our frame. losophy cannot disprove it. A woman's feeble cry work, there are not higher mysteries, where a God may have overruled the elemental war, and hushed | may work in secret, and the hand of the Omnipotent into silence this wild frenzy of the winds and the be stretched forth to heal or to destroy ? . It is waves, and evoked the gentler breezes from the cave thence he may answer prayer. It is from this sumof their slumbers, and wafted the vessel of her dear- mit of ascendency that he may direct all the proest hopes, and which held the first and fondest of her cesses or the human constitution ; yet without earthly treasures, to its desired haven.
violating in any instance the uniformity of the few And so of otber prayers. It is not withont instru last and visible footsteps. Because science has traced, mentality, but by means of it, that they are answer- and so far determined this uniformity, she has not ed. The fulfilment is preceded by the accustomed therefore exiled God from his own universe: she has series of causes and effects; and preceded as far up not forced the Deity to quit his hold of its machinery, ward as the eye of man can trace the pedigree of or to forego by one iota the most perfect command sensible causation. Were it by a break any where of all its evolutions. His superintendence is as close in the traceable part of this series that the prayer and continuous and special, as it all things were done was answered, then its fulfilment wauld be miracu- | by the visible intervention of his hand. Without lous. But without a miracle the prayer is answered / superstition, with the fullest recognition of science as effectually. Thus, for example, is met the cry of in all its prerogatives and all its glories, might we a people under famine for a speedy and plenteous feel our immediate dependence on God; and, even in harvest--not by the instant appearance of the ripened this our philosophic day, and notwithstanding all that grain, at the bidding of a voice from heaven--not philosophy has made known to us, might we still preternaturally cherished into maturity in the midst | assert and vindicate the higher philosophy of prayer, of storms, but ushered onwards, by a grateful suc- asking of God, as patriarchs and lioiy men of old cession of shower and sunshine, to a prosperous con- , did before us, for safety and sustenance, and health, summation. An abundant harvest is granted to and all things. prayer; yet without violence either to the laws of the 1 And if ever in the dealings of God with the people vegetable physiology, or to any of the known laws by 1 of the earth, if ever science had less of the te which the alterations of the weather are deterruined, and faith had more of it, it is in that undisclosed It must be acknowledged by every philosopher, how mystery which still hangs over us; which now for soon it is that we arrive in both departments, on the many inonths has shed baleful influences on your crowded city; and whereof no man can tell whether, sad state for many reasons, and for this among them, in another day or another hour, it might not descend that such a mood of mind calls for trouble. Pile with fell swoop into the midst of his own family,
grims were never intended to walk through the world entering there with rude unceremonious footstep, and
as smoothly as along a bowling green. “ Tremble, hurrying to one of its rapid and inglorious funerals the dearest of the inmates. Never on any other theme
ye that are at ease." “ Be troubled, ye careless did philosophy make more entire demonstration of ones." We may put it down as a certainty, that so her own helplessness; and perhaps at the very first sure as we are careless and at ease, so sure will footstep of the investigation, or on the question of trouble come upon us. I had rather not sleep thai the proximate cause, the controversy is loudest of all. I be unthankful for a good night's rest. I had rather But however justly of the proximate cause discovery may be made, or however remotely among the
sorrow for sin, than sin without sorrowing. anterior causes the investigation might be carried,
There is a desponding mood; and I need not ask never will proud philosophy be able to annul the if you have ever known it, for the proudest spirit, intervention of a God, or purchase to herself the the stoutest heart that is hooped with ribs, at times privilege of mocking at the poor man's prayer. gives way to despondency. It is not only in the Indeed, amid the exuberance and variety of specula
actual condition of his creatures, but also in the tion on this unsettled and unknown subject, there was one remote cause assigned for this postilent
moods of their mind, that God puts down the mighty visitation, which, so far from shutting out, rather
from their seat, and exalts the humble and meek. suggests, and that most forcibly, the intervention of Before now I have been so shorn of my strength, a God immediately before it. “And it shall come to and left so desolate, that the heavens have been as pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the fly
brass to me, and the earth as iron. I have felt mythat is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt,
self to be such a poor, forlorn, good-for-nothing creaand for the bee that is in the land of Assyria : and they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the
ture, as to think that I should never hold up my head desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and again. In this weak-minded, God-dishonouring spirit, upon all thorns, and upon all bushes."-(Isaiah vii. | I have written bitter things against myself, magni18, 19.) We hope to have made it plain to you, let fying my infirmities, diminishing my mercies, darkthis or any other cause be found the true one, that,
ening my hopes, and heaping up, instead of clearing however high the path of discovery may have been
faway, the brambles in my path, It is hard to fight traced, vet higher still there is place for the finger of a God above to regulate all the designs of a special
against, and still harder to conquer this mood; for providence, and to move in conformity with all the when it once lays firm hold of us, it drags us down accepted prayers of his family below. But among to the very dust. My advice to you is, to wage war the scoffers of our latter day, even in the absence or
against it with all the powers of your mind; set the want of all discovery, the finger of a God is
about something that requires energy of action, somedisowned; and it seems to mark how resolute, and at the same time how hopeless, is the infidelity of
thing that will force your thoughts into another modern times, that, just in proportion to our igno
channel; and if, after trying your best to keep clear rance of all the secondary or the sensible causes, is of the Slough of Despond, you do tumble into it at our haughty refusal of any homage to the first cause.last, do as Christian of old did; he endeavoured to It is passing strange of this disease, that, after having
struggle to that side of the slough that was farthest baffled every attempt to find out its dependence on aught that is on earth, the idea of its dependence on
from his “own house, and next to the wicket gate." the will of heaven should, of all others, have been
That is a precious prayer: “ When my heart is overHaughed most impiously to scorn. The voice of de- whelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than 1." rision and defiance was first heard in our high places; -(Psa. Ixi. 2.) and thence it passed, as if by infection, into general There is an anxious mood of mind, in which some society. And so, many have disowned the power
are too often found, and now and then I have had a and the will of the Deity in this visitation. They most unphilosophically, we think, as well as impi
touch of it myself. It leads many to overlook their ously, have spurned at prayer.
mercies; to be dissatisfied with such things as they have, and to imagine that the very bits and drops
which support them are in jeopardy. I have known HINTS BY “OLD HUMPHREY."* some, blessed with riches, who have looked forward I. ON THE VARYING MOODS OF THE MIND.
in this anxious mood to poverty; and some inhabitThere is hardly a better way of understanding man
ing goodly mansions, who have trembled lest the work
house should await them. Is this a suitable return kind than that of narrowly examining our own
to the Giver of all good for his abundant bounty? hearts. Whatever we observe in others, we have
Is it not enough to cause him to visit us with the che germ of it in ourselves. If, therefore, I speak of
very evil we fear? Like the disciples of old, we che varying moods of the mind with which I am
stand in need of the rebuke and the encouragement familiar, it is most likely that I shall introduce to
to “ consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor you some of your old acquaintance.
reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and There is a careless mood-would that I could
God feedeth them: how much more are ye better say with truth I have never known it; a mood in
than the fowls !"-(Luke xii. 24.) which we are neither melted by God's miercies nor
There is a proud and ambitious mood, and a bad affected by his judgments. Friends are carried to
mood it is. Sometimes, but this is not often the the tonb, Sabbaths pass over us, and time rolls on towards eternity, and still we are at ease. This is a
case- I catch myself musing on earthly honours and
advantages, forgetting the brief tenure of worldly * Frora " Pithy Papers," by Old Humphrey. possessions, and that human life is "even a vapour, HINTS BY “OLD HUMPHREY.”
413 that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth heavy burdung; we have no apprehensions of evil, away."-(James iv. 14.)
but look on the bright side of every thing. We go When the Greek emperors were crowned, in the out with joy, and are led forth with peace; the mounmidst of all the pomp and splendour of their corona- tains and hills appear to break forth into singing, and tion, they were, on one hand, presented with a vase the trees of the field to clap their hands. The very filled with ashes and dead men's bones, and, on the wilderness is glad, and the desert itself seems to blogother, with flax, which was set on fire. Thus were son as the rose,
they, by a double emblem, reminded of their morta Are you now and then in this delightful mood ? ility and the frailness of their worldly honours. At If so, be thankful; for it is a choice gift on the part the present day, when a Pope is crowned, a master of of our heavenly Father. None can reasonably hope the ceremonies carries a lighted wax taper in one to enjoy it long but those who, in passing through hand, and a basin in the other. In the basin are this world, have fixed their hope of another on Him castles and palaces made of flax; and the master of " who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the ceremonies sets fire to them three times over, the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto repeating each time the words, “ Behold, holy father, righteousness."-(1 Pet. ii. 24.) how the glory of this world passes away!”
There is a grateful mood, such as comes over us on Now, though I am not likely to be made a Pope, our first walk abroad after sickness. The frame is and still less likely to be crowned a Greek emperor, weak, for it has been shaken; but the heart is grateyet may I get a profitable admonition from the burn- ful and happy. How abundantly, in such a mood as ing flax; for there are other things in the world that this, does our heavenly Father make amends to us may lead away the affections of an old man beside for the pains we have felt, and the weary midnight che temporalities of Greece and Rome.
tossings to and fro we have endured! The fever has As I said before, it is but seldom that I muse upon left us, the anguish has departed; the pulse, that a few earthly honours and advantages, for usually I hold weeks ago was tearing away so fearfully and irreguthese things as cheap as any of my neighbours; yet, larly, is gently beating, and as true in its time as a now and then, I have been silly enough to give way chronometer. The air is so pure, the clear sky is so "O such idle and unprofitable speculations. If in | blue, and the trees are so green, though we cannot these moments of infirmity I could catch a glance, see them very distinctly for the joyful tears that beeither of my grey hairs or the furrows on my brow, dew our eyes, that we are filled with thankfulness it might set me musing on other things. How is it and delight. We feel, then, the goodness of God. with you. Do you find at times creeping over you Do you go with me while I describe this grateful something like the ambitious spirit of Haman, when mood of mind ? I trust so, for if you have not known he wanted to be clad in goodly garments, and paraded it, you are a stranger to one of the most delightful through the city? This ambitious mood, this vain feelings in the human heart. and worldly spirit, is no credit to us. Let us pray In such a mood as this, we can bless God for afflict against it earnestly, lest God should give us what we ing us, as well as for raising us up from the bed of desire, and withhold what we need.
afHiction. We can bless him as heartily for what he There is an bumble mood; I do not mean a de- has withheld, as for what he has bestowed. The gponding one, and a sweet mood it is. O that I truth is, we can bless God for all things, and desire could rest in it for ever! We need not in this mood that all things shall bless and praise his holy name. be told, for we feel it, that God “giveth grace unto It is not so much our tongues as our hearts and souls the humble."-(James iv. 6.) I hope, my friends, that
that cry aloud, “ Praise ye the Lord. Let every you are anxious to possess the grace of humility, thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye looking to Him for it who can alone bestow it. We the Lord.”--(Psa. cl. 1, 6.) are never so peaceful, never so happy, never so
11. ON COLLECTIONS IN PLACES OF WORSHIP. secure, as when we are humble. We then envy no one, and we bate no one; and, so far from taking NotwITUISTANDING the large sums of money which credit to ourselves in any thing, our language is, are sometimes collected by Christian congregations, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy and the instances that occur of individual liberality, name give glory.”-(Psa.cxv. 1.) In this mood we are there are few occasions on which niggardliness is feelingly persuaded of our nothingness, and gladly more generally manifested than in collections for the turn to Him who “is able to save them to the utter- support of the gospel. Without indulging in un. most that come unto Ged by him, seeing he ever charitable remarks, common observation is enough liveth to make intercession for them."- (Heb. vii. 25.) to convince us of the fact, that to evade a collection, Now, I am sadly afraid that this humble mood is not or to contribute to it the least possible sum that exactly the one in which we are most commonly found; decency will admit, is a common practice among that we cannot always, nor indeed generally, say, professedly Christian people. “ Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes This niggardly acknowledgement, or rather this lofty. I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child practical denial, of our attachment to Divine things, that is weaned of his mother.”—(Psa. cxxxi. 1, 2.) is accompanied with so little consciousness of shame,
There is a cheerful and light-hearted mood, not that even disguise, in many cases, is not resorted to: & vain and trifling one; a mood of mind that gilds surely this infirmity ought to bring a blush on our this world with sunshine, and makes the path to the cheeks. next appear as straight as an arrow. We feel no When do any of us, in our pleasures, in our jour
neys, in our visits, in the reception of our friendu, or Did you never give, to secure the good opinion of in the purchase of any article of dress, make the the plate-holder, what you would not have given to same hesitation in the expenditure of a half-crown the advocated cause? In one word, have you, or or a shilling, as .we do in the case of a collection ? | hare you not, over and over again, given that gladly And is, after all, the ever-blessed gospel of truth, to a human being, which you would have given with all its consolations for time, and its glorious | grudgingly to God? hopes for eternity, a thing of so little consequence I am ashamed to propose such questions, and perwith us as to be weighed in the balances against a haps some of you wonld be equally ashamed honestly shilling? Christians! Christians ! let us take the mat- | to answer them. Away then with all parsimonious ter more to heart, and not thus acknowledge to our pinching and contriving, fumbling and shuffling, selves, and proclaim to others, what a trifling value grudging and withholding, in the Redeemer's cause. we put upon the gospel.
| We have been mercifully dealt with : let us thankThe celebrated Dr Franklin was once listening to fully acknowledge that mercy, remembering that a sermon when he expected there would be a collec "the liberal soul deviseth liberal things, and by libe. tion. His mind, however, was made up not to give ral things shall he stand.” God has been good toll a single farthing. He had in his pocket at the time us, let us at least show that we set some value on his: five pistoles in gold, three or four silver dollars, gifts; and, as the glorious gospel has been freely given beside a handful of copper money.
to us, freely let us support it. As the minister proceeded in his discourse, the doctor began to relent, and thought to himself that he might as well part with his copper. Soon after
THE CHURCH IN DANGER. this he was so much affected by what fell from the minister's lips, that he considered his copper would
BY THE REV. J. A. JAMES. be too small an offering; his silver dollars were thus we were never more in danger of forgetting the implaced in a dangerous position. On went the minis
portance and necessity of prayer than at the present ter, and in so eloquent and persuasive a manner, that
moment. Our institutions have risen to a magnitude by the time he had finished, the doctor was deter and extension which are grand and imposing; it is mined to do all he could for the cause which had an age of great societies, an era of organisation, when been so ably advocated, so he poured into the collec there is eminent peril of trusting to the wisdom of tor's dish the contents of his pocket, copper money,
committees, and the power of eloquence, of numbers, silver dollars, and golden pistoles altogether.
and of money, instead of the power of prayer. We I cannot tell whether, in the instance I have relat
cannot, I know, do without organisation, and in ed, Dr Franklin was moved to act in the way he did makes one's heart throb with delight to see to what because his judgment was convinced, or because his an extent it is carried. The annual list which is pubfeelings were excited; but this I do know, that both lished of our May meetings is one of the greatest
f judgment and our affections, too, ought to prompt wonders of the age, the brightest glories of the Church, us to support the cause of the gospel. Now let me and the richest hopes of posterity. That one docucome a little closer to you in my remarks.
ment appears to my eye as the ruby-tinted clouds o. Did you never, when preparing to get out for the the orient sky, which announce the approach of the house of God, in recollecting that a charity sermon, millennial orb. But then our glory is our danger; or a collection, was appointed for that day, suddenly this very organisation may seduce us, and I am feel an unusual desire to be profited by the ministry afraid is seducing us, and has seduced us from our of some servant of the Most High whom you had dependence upon God, till organisation is likely to never heard, and who preached in a place of worship / become the image of jealousy, which maketh jealous that you had never before entered ?
in the temple of the Lord. Did you never actually, on such an occasion, “go An eloquent speaker once said upon a missionary farther, and fare worse" than you would have done platform, “ Money, money, money, is the life's blood in hearing your own minister, returning home more of the missionary cause !" I would substitute anchan half dissatisfied with yourself for the course you other word, and say, “ Prayer, prayer, prayer, is the had taken?
life's blood of the missionary cause ! ” I am no enthuDid you never, after putting yourself to much siast; I do not expect our cause to be sustained withinconvenience to avoid one collection, stumble upon out money; nor do I expect gold to be rained out of another, giving your money grudgingly, and resolv heaven into our coffers. Money we must have in far ing never again to be caught by a trap of your own greater abundance than we now have, and money will baiting?
come at the bidding of prayer. If we had more ferDid you never, after having made up your mind vent, believing supplication, we should have more to give a certain sum, settle down into the prudential wealth. The same spirit of sincere and importunate belief that half the amount would be more consis- supplication which would bring down the treasures tent with your circumstances ?
of heavenly grace, would call forth the supplies of Did you never, after having been wrought up to earthly means. I repeat, what I think I have said unwonted liberality by the affectionate earnestness somewhere else, that I could be almost content that and pious fervour of a Christian minister, cool in for the next year not a word was said about money, your resolvings, approaching the plate shorn of your and the Church he summoned universally to intense strength, and giving merely as another man? and believing supplication. Ministers of the gospel,
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lay this matter upon the consciences of your flocks; one another's houses. At the time of my returning instruct them in their duty, and urge them to it. from the mission to the Jews, I found thirty-nine Remind them that what we need is not only a giving such meetings, keld weekly, in connection with the Church, and a working Church, but a praying Church. congregation." O that this beautiful instance of coTell them, that praying for the coming down of the operation with the minister, by the people, prevailed Spirit is not to be confined to the Sabbath and the through all our churches. Look at it, professing pulpit, nor to the missionary and social prayer meet Christians--ponder it, church members. The whole ing, but that it is every man's business at his own Church, or at any rate, its more experienced memfamily altar, and in his closet. Then, when the whole bers, resolving themselves into thirty-nine prayer Church of God, with all its families apart, and every associations, meeting weekly, fostering new converts, individual member apart, shall be engaged in a spirit and all this in the absence of the pastor. When shall of believing and fervent supplication; then may it this pattern be imitated? When shall all our deacons, be expected the Spirit of God will come down in and leading members, go and do likewise ? When power and glory upon the earth-and not till then, shall our churches be made up of praying members, whatever of organisation, of wealth, of eloquence, or and be full of the spirit of prayer after this fashion? of numbers, may be engaged in the cause of Christian This is the earnestness of a Church--the carnestness missions. Activity and devotion--giving and praying of religion-the earnestness of prayer. Revivals will
-a conscientious zeal, and a feeling of entire depen | always come where this is found. It is itself a redence upon God, must be nicely balanced in all we vival. do. The more we give, the more we should pray; ! If there be one thing which is more suited to our and the more we pray, the more we should give. condition, and more prompted by our necessities, it The proportions are often disturbed; our danger in is prayer—if there be one duty which is more frethis day lies in an excess of activity over the spirit quently enjoined by the precepts, or more beautifully of prayer. Let us restore the balance, and bring on enforced by the examples, of Scripture, it is prayer; an era which shall be characterised as the praying if there be one practice in which the experience of age of the missionary enterprise.
all good men of every age, every country, and every Our supplications should be the prayers of faith. church, has more entirely agreed, it is prayer-if We ought to know and to feel that the cause of there be one thing which more decisively marks the missions is no mere experiment in the spiritual spirit of sincere and individual piety, it is prayer; world, no invention of man, no mere tentative scheme so that it may be safely affirmed, where the spirit of
-but an attempt, the success of which is guaranteed prayer is low in the soul of an individual, a country, by all the attributes of the eternal God, and which an age, or a Church, whatever else there may be, of should therefore be supplicated in the full confidence morality, of ceremony, of liberality, the spirit of reof assured expectation. And to faith we must add ligion is low also. fervour; we must pray for the regeneration of the Now it is most seriously to be apprehended, that world, with an intelligent perception of what is in this deficiency of prayer is the characteristic of our cluded in that wonderous phrase, "a world converted age. It is a preaching age, a speaking age, a hearing from idolatry to Christ," with a recollection that this age, but not eminently a praying one. Men are too is in some sense suspended upon our prayers-and busy to pray. Even the most distinguished Christians with such an importunity as we might be supposed are too apt to shorten the seasons of prayer, in orto employ if the world's salvation depended upon our der to lengthen those of secular and sacred business. individual intercession.
Every thing is against the spirit of prayer, not only But this spirit of prayer is needed by the Church, in the world, but in the Church. I know very well not only to give power and efficiency to her opera- we cannot expect in such an age as ours, the same tions for the conversion of sinners, but for her own spirit of devotion as prevailed in persecuting times, internal improvement; to increase, and indeed to in- | when John Welsh, one of the men of the Covenant, dicate, her earnestness for her own salvation. She needs spent whole days praying in the church of Ayr for an outpouring of the Spirit upon herself to rouse his parishioners, wrestling alone with God; who used her from her lukewarmness, and to elevate her to a to lay his plaid by his bedside, and to rise often in higher state of purity, fervour, and consistency. She the middle of the night, wrap himself in his garment, needs revival, and it can be looked for only in answer pour out his soul to his Maker, and say, " I wonder to the fervent prayer of faith, and in answer to such how a Christian can lie in bed all night, and not rise prayers it may be ever and every where expected. To to pray." We do not expect even the most holy minis. say nothing of other instances well known, and some ters to speak eight hours a day in prayer, as he did, of them alluded to in this work, I may refer to the who had little to do but to suffer, and to pray; but success of that flaminy seraph, Mr M'Cheyne, of the surely we may expect more of the spirit of prayer Free Church of Scotland, whose early death in the than we now witness, either in pastors or their midst of his usefulness, is one of the mysteries of flocks. Providence too deep to sound with mortal lines. He There is one view of prayer which has not been so thus records in his diary the spirit of prayer which much considered as it should be; and that is its reflex prevailed among his people, “ Many prayer-meetings power, or in other words, the moral influence of were formed, some of which were strictly private; prayer upon the individual mind engaged in it. No and others, conducted by persons of some Christian doubt it is an expressive homage paid to God, and experience, were open to persons under concern, at an appointed means of obtaining blessings from