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we shall implore the same mercies, and with the same earneftness, for them that we do for ourselves. If we have any love for our country, we shall not fail to give it a place in our devotions, and to pray most ardently for the prosperity and stability of our Jerusalem.
In what manner our prayers can be granted, or by what means God can avert calamity from those we recommend to his protection, without doing violence to what is called the ordinary course of nature, it is no concern of ours to enquire. If God has commanded us to pray for others, it is our business not to philosophize, but to obey. Let us give ourselves no trouble about the course of nature. It is perfectly fafe in the hands of its divine Author. There
may be no difficulties to Omnipotence, where we see nothing but impossibilities. Let us leave God to manage his own world, and perform his promises, as he certainly will, in his' own way. All we have to do is, to make a faithful use of that valuable privilege of interCESSION, which he has graciously allowed us for the benefit of our fellow-creatures. The most indigent man may say to his neighbour, as St, Peter did to the cripple at the gate of
the temple, “ silver and gold have I none ; “ but such as I have, give I thee *.” My wishes, my interceflions, my prayers you shall have. On earth, indeed, I can do nothing; but I will try to move Heaven in your favour. This puts it into the power of the meanest member of society, if he is but religious and devout, to be as essentially useful, both to individuals and to the community,as those that fill the highest and most active stations of life. From the deepest solitude, and from the humbleft cell, his prayers may reach the throne of God; may there touch one of those celestial springs that set the world in motion; may be among the reasons that induce the Almighty to give a new turn to the great wheels of the universe, and to rescue individuals, families, and empires, from destruction. Improbable, and even ridiculous, as this may seem to the profound reasoners of this world, the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament, are full of the powerful prevalence and astonishing effects of prayer; and unless we absolutely renounce all faith in the Gospel, and all confidence in the promises of Christ, we must admit the truth of this doctrine ; we must acknowledge, that + Aets, iï. 6,
“ the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man,” either for himself, or for others, « availeth much *".
Let, then, every sincere Christian, unmoved by the cavils of the sophist, or the insults of the scorner, steadily and resolutely persevere in that most benevolent office of inTERCEDING for all mankind. Let him beseech the great Sovereign of the 'Universe to enlighten the ignorant, to strengthen the weak, to confirm the doubtful, to convert the infidel, to reclaim the profligate, to foften the unmerciful, to restrain the violent and vindi&tive, to redress the injured and oppressed, to protect the innocent; to reconcile the interests and calm the passions of contending individuals and hostile nations; to avert from this hitherto favoured land those bitter eyils with which other countries are now fo cruelly desolated and overwhelmed ; to direct the councils and prosper the just designs of those whom Provin dence has fet over us; to unite the hearts of those they govern, as the heart of one man, in sentiments of Christian charity, and constitutional obedience. Let him implore, in fine, * James, v. 16.
(as he naturally will) the peculiar blessing of the Almighty on those he holds most dear; that, as our Liturgy very sublimely expresses it,“ through his most mighty protection, both here and ever, they may be preserved both in body and soul; and that he being their ruler and guide, they may so pass through things temporal as finally to lose not the things that are eternal."