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handle not, which all are to perish amongst men, is abomination in the with the using) after the command- sight of God.-Luke xvi. 15. ments and doctrines of men ? which Some affirm that we say, Let us do things have, indeed, a shew of wis- evil, that good may come : whose dom in will-worship. - Col. ii. 8. damnation is just.-Rom. iii. 8. 20-23.
We beseech you, brethren, and ex- SECT. VI. To pray unto God: of hort you by the Lord Jesus, that as
Prayer at large. ye have received of us how you ought ABRAHAM prayed for Abimelech unto to walk, and to please God, so ye God; and God healed him and his. would abound, &c.—1 Thess. iv. 1. Gen. xx. 17.
Prove all things ; hold fast that O Lord God of my master Abrawhich is good. Thess. v. 21. ham, I pray thee send me good speed 1 Therefore, brethren, stand fast; this day, &c. Let it come to pass, and hold the traditions which ye have that the damsel to whom I shall say, been taught; whether by word or &c.—Gen. xxiv. 12–14. our epistle-2 Thess. ii. 15.
And Isaac entreated the Lord for Hold fast the form of sound words, his wife, because she was barren : which thou hast heard of me.—2 Tim. and the Lord was entreated of him, i. 13.
and Rebeccah his wife conceived. · Continue thou in the things which Gen. xxv. 21. thou hast learned, and hast been as- Jacob prayed unto God in his dissured of; knowing of whom thou tress about Esau, and prevailed. hast learned them. And that from a Gen. xxxii. 9-12.24-26. 28. xxxii. 4. child, thou hast known the holy scrip: Hosea xii. 4,5. tures, &c.--2 Tim. iii. 14, 15.
Moses cried unto God for Pharaoh, Not giving heed to Jewish fables, to remove their plagues.-Exod. viii. and commandments of men, that turn 12, 13. ix. 33. x. 18. from the truth.-Titus i. 14.
Moses prayed hard and often for Therefore we ought to give the Israel, and prevailed.—Exod. xxxii. more earnest heed to the things which 11-14. 31,32. Numb. xiv. 13-20. we have heard, lest at any time we See the words of this Prayer. Deut. should let them slip.—Heb. ii. 1. ix. 25, &c. .
Let that therefore abide in you, The forms Moses and Aaron, and which ye have heard from the begin- his sons, used in blessing the people, ning.- 1 John ii. 24.
and in their march.—Numb. vi. 23–26. It was needful for me to write unto X. 35, 36. you, and exhort you, that you should I besought the Lord at that time, earnestly contend for the faith which saying, O Lord God, thou hast begun was once delivered unto the saints : to shew thy servant, &c.--Deut. iii. for there are certain men crept in, &c. 23, &c. --Jude 3, 4.
If from thence thou shalt seek the The children of Israel had sinned Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if against the Lord their God, &c. and thou seek him with all thy heart, &c. had walked in the statutes of the - Deut. iv. 29. heathen, whom, &c. and of the kings Joshua prayed when Israel had fled of Israel, which they had made, &c. before the men of Ai.-Josh. vii. 5-9. also Judah kept not the command- Go and cry unto the gods which ments of the Lord their God; but ye have chosen : let them deliver, &c. walked in the statutes of Israel, which Deliver us only, we pray thee, this they made.- 2 Kings xvii. 7, 8, day.-Judges x. 14, 15. 18, 19.
Then Manoah entreated the Lord, · That which is highly esteemed and said, O my Lord, let the man of
Godwhich thou didst send, come again. Seek the Lord, and his strength : unto us, and teach us what we shall seek his face continually.-1 Chron. do unto the child. And God heark- xvi. 11. ened unto the voice of Manoah. If thou seek him, he will be found Judges xiii. 8, 9.
of thee.—1 Chron. xxviii. 9. Sampson called on the Lord, and Judah, &c. sought him with their said, Thou hast given this great de- whole desire, and he was found of liverance into the hand of thy ser- them.—2 Chron. xv. 15. vant, and now shall I die for thirst? There are good things found in thee: And God clave an hollow place that thou hast taken away, &c. and hast was in the jaw, and there came water prepared thine heart to seek God. thereout.-Judges xy. 18, 19. 2 Chron. xix. 3.
And Sampson called unto the Lord, Asa prayed for help against the and said, O Lord God, remember me, Ethiopian army of a thousand thousand I pray thee ; and strengthen me, I men, and prevailed.--2 Chron. xiv. pray thee, only this once, O God, &c. 10–12. -Judges xvi. 28.
When Moab, &c. came against JeHannah prayed unto the Lord, and hoshaphat, he stood in the congregawept sore,&c. She spake in her heart, tion, in the house of the Lord, and only her lips moved, but her voice prayed for help : and God heard, and was not heard, &c.—1 Sam. i. 10. answered.-2 Chron. xx.5-12.15.24. 13—15.
Hezekiah being sick, prayed.As for me, God forbid that I should 2 Chron. xxxii. 24. sin against the Lord, in ceasing to Nehemiah, when he heard of the pray for you.—1 Sam. xii. 23. affliction of the Jews, he wept, and
David prays that it might be with mourned, and fasted, and prayed. him and his house, as God had said to Neh. i. 4, &c. him by Nathan the prophet.—2 Sam. So again, when Israel were buildvii. 17-29.
ing and in danger of enemies.-Neh. While the child was alive, I fasted; iv. 4, 5. 9.-Ezra viii. 21. ix. and I said, Who can tell whether God I would make supplication to my will be gracious ?-2 Sam, xii. 22. judge.-Job ix. 15. Jonah ïïi. 8, 9. Exod. xxxii. 30. Acts My God; for unto thee will I pray: viii. 21.
my voice shalt thou hear in the mornGod said to Solomon, Ask what I ing: O Lord, in the morning will I shall give thee. And Solomon asked direct unto thee, and look up.-Ps. wisdom to govern. And God was v. 2, 3.. pleased so with that, and in that he he forgetteth not the cry of the had not asked long life and riches, humble.-Ps. ix. 12. x. 17. that God gave him wisdom, and under- Our fathers, &c. prayed; and thou standing, and riches, and honour also. didst deliver.-Ps. xxii. 4, 5. - Kings ii. 5—13.
I acknowledge my sin, &c. For King Solomon prayed at large, at this shall every one that is godly pray the dedication of the temple; and unto thee, in a time when thou mayest God heard him.—1 Kings viii. 22, &c. be found.-Ps. xxxii. 5, 6. ix. 2, 3. 2 Chron. i. 7, &c.
They that seek the Lord shall not Elijah the prophet prayed that it want any good thing, &c. His ears might be made known that God was are open unto their cry.-Ps. xxxiv. God in Israel, when others were for 10. 15. Baal: and God heard him, and caused Call upon me in the time of trouble; fire to come down and consume the I will deliver thee, &c.-Ps. l. 15. sacrifice.- 1 Kings xviii.36–38. xvii. Though Nathan had told David, his 21, 22.
sin was forgiven him, yet he prays earnestly to be delivered from blood- abomination to the Lord: but the guiltiness, &c.—Ps. li. 1-15. prayer of the upright is his delight,
As for me, I will call upon God: &c. He heareth the prayer of the and the Lord shall save me. Even- righteous.--Prov. xv. 8. 29. ing and morning, and at noon, will I He that turneth away his ear from pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hearing the law, even his prayer shall hear my voice.-Ps. lv. 16, 17. be an abomination.-Prov. xxviii. 9.
I will cry unto God most high; Be not rash with thy mouth; and unto God, that performeth all things be not hasty to utter any thing before for me.--Ps. lvii. 2, &c.
God: for God is in heaven, and thou O thou that hearest prayer: unto upon earth; therefore let thy words thee shall all flesh come.-Ps. Ixv. 2. be few.-Eccles. v. 2.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, My dove, let me hear thy 'voice, the Lord will not hear me. But verily, for sweet is thy voice.-Cant. ii. 14. God hath heard.—Ps. lxvi. 18, 19. When ye spread forth your hands, Isa. lviii. 6—9. lix. 1-3. i. 11, &c. I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, Ezek. xiv. 3. xx. 31.
when ye make many prayers (or mulThe saints plead with God their tiply prayers) I will not hear : your relation to hiin, and the opposite hands are full of blood. Wash ye, state of their enemies.-Ps. lxxix. &c.--Isa. i. 15, 16. lix. 1-3. lxvi. 3. Isa. Ixiii. 15, &c. lxiv. 8, &c.
In trouble have they visited thee, Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to they poured out a prayer (or secret forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto speech) when thy chastening was all them that call upon thee. Give upon them. Isa. xxvi. 16. ear, O Lord, unto my prayer, &c. In . Thou hast not called upon me, O the day of my trouble I will call upon Jacob.—Isa. xliii. 22. thee; for thou wilt answer me.-Ps. Thus saith the Lord, &c. Ask me 1xxxvi. 5—7.
of things to come; concerning my · He will regard the prayer of the sons, and concerning the work of my destitute, and not despise their prayer. hands ; command ye me, &c. I said Ps. cii. 17. x. 17.
not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek I am thine; save me. I am thy ye me in vain.- Isa. xlv. 1. 19. servant; give me understanding, that. Seek ye the Lord, while he may be I may know, &c. I cried with my found: call ye upon him while he is whole heart, &c. I prevented the near.-Isa. Iv. 6. dawning of the morning, and cried. When thou criest, let thy comPs. cxix. 94. 125. 145. 147.
panies deliver thee.--Isa. lvii. 13. In my distress, I cried unto the Loose the bands of wickedness, Lord, and he heard me.-Ps. cxx. 1. &c. then shalt thou call, and the Lord 2 Sam. xxii. 7. Ps. xxxiv. 4. 6. shall answer : thou shalt cry, &c.-
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Isa. Iviïi. 6, 7. 9. they shall prosper that love thee. For Zion's sake, will I not hold my Ps. cxxii. 6.
peace; and for Jerusalem's sake, I The Lord is nigh unto all that call will not rest, until the righteousness upon him; to all that call upon him thereof go forth, &c. I have set in truth. He will fulfil the desire of watchmen upon thy walls, O Jeruthem that fear him: he also will hear salem, which shall never hold their their cry, and will save them.-Ps. peace, day nor night. Ye that make cxlv. 18, 19. Neh. i. 11. . mention of the Lord (or are the Lord's
Because I have called, and ye re- remembrancers), keep not silence; fused, &c. They shall call upon me, and give him no rest, till he establish, but I will not answer.-Prov. i. 24, &c. and till he make Jerusalem a praise : The sacrifice of the wicked, is an in the carth.--Isa. Ixii. 1. 6, 7 of me • The church's prayer for the Lord's fellows should not perish, &c. And return unto them.--Isa. lxiii. 15— it was revealed to him.Dan. ii. 19. kxiv.,
: 17--19. · I am found of them that sought me Now when Daniel knew that the not.-Isa. Ixv. 1.
writing was signed, he went into his | Therefore pray not thou for this house, and his windows being open people, neither lift up cry nor prayer in his chamber towards Jerusalem, for them, neither make intercession he kneeled upon his knees three times to ine : for I will not hear thee. a day, and prayed, and gave thanks Seest thon not what they do ? &C.- before his God, as he did aforetime, Jer. vii. 16, 17.
Dan. vi. 10, 11. Pour out thy fury upon the heathen And I set my face anto the Lord that know thee not; and upon the God, to seek by prayer and supplicafamilies that call not on thy name. tion: and I prayed unto the Lord my Jer, x. 25. Ps. xiv. 4.
God, and made my confession, and I will bring evil upon them, &c. said, O Lord, forgive, &c. for the and though they shall cry unto me, Lord's sake, for thine own sake, for I will not hearken unto them. There- thy mercy's sake.--Dan. ix. 3, 4. fore pray not thou for this people, 17. 19. .. &c. for I will not hear them in the They shall go with their flocks, time that they cry unto me for their and with their herds, to seek the trouble.-Jer. xi. 11. 14. xiv. 11, 12, Lord; but they shall not find him ;
Jeremiah prays for Israel, when he he hath withdrawn himself from them. prophesied of the dearth. Jer. xiv. They have dealt treacherously against 7-9.18-22.
the Lord.-Hosea v. 6, 7. The Lord said unto him. Though They have not cried unto me with Moses and Samuel stood before me, their heart, when they lowled upon my miud could not be towards this their beds.-Hosea vii. 14. people, &c. --Jer. xv. l. . .. By his strength he had power with
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye God: vea he had power over the shall go and pray unto me, and I will angel, and prevailed: he wept and hearken unto you. And ye shall seek made supplication unto him.--Hosea me, and find me, when ye shall search xii. 3, 4. Gen. xxxii. 24–27. for me with all your heart.-Jer. Sanctify a fast, &c. and cry unto xxix. 12, 13.
the Lord: Alas for the day, &c.Call unto me, and I will answer Joel i. 14, &c. thee, and shew thee great and mighty · Sanctify a fast, &c. let the priests, (or hidden) things, which thou know- the ministers of the Lord, weep, &c. est not. Jer. xxxiii. 3.
and let them say, Spare thy people, Let us lift up our heart with our O Lord, and give not thine heritage hands unto God, in the heavens, &c. to reproach, that the heathen should Thou hast covered thyself with a rule over (or use a by-word against) cloud, that our prayers should not them: wherefore should they say pass through.-Lam. iii. 41. 44. amongst the people, Where is their
When God had promised many God? Then will the Lord be jealous things that he would do for his, he for his land, and pity his people, &c. saith, I will yet for this be inquired And it shall come to pass, that whoof by the house of Israel, to do it for soever shall call on the name of the them.-Ezek. xxxvi. 24-37. : Lord, shall be delivered. Joel ii.
Daniel desired his companions that 15-18. 32. Acts. ii. 21. .. they would ask mercy of the God of Seek ve me, and ye shall live, &c. heaven, concerning the secret of the seek the Lord, and ye shall live, &c. king's dream; that Daniel and his I hate, I despise your feasts, &c. Let judgment run down as waters, man is there of you, whom, if his son and righteousness, &c.--Amos v. 4. 6. ask bread, will he give him a stone 21. 24.
. &c. If ye then, being evil, know When my soul fainted within me, how to give good gifts unto your chilI remembered the Lord, and my dren, how much more shall your Fa. prayer came in unto thee, into thine ther which is in heaven, give good holy temple. Jonah ii. 7.
things to them who ask him ?-Matt. Let man and beast be covered with vii. 7-11. Luke xi. 9-13. . sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God, Christ looking up to heaven, he &c. Who can tell if God will turn ? &c. blessed the bread and fishes, &c. Hé And they prevailed.-Jonah iii. 8-10. went up into a mountain apart to
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of pray, &c. Peter said, Lord, save me. the earth, &c. it may be, ye shall be -Matt. xiv. 19. 23. 30. hid in the day of the Lord's anger.- . The woman of Canaan would not Zeph. ii. 3.
leave off asking till she had obtained. As he cried, and they would not Matt. xv. 22-28. hear, so they cried, and I would not. If two of you shall agree on earth; hear, saith the Lord of hosts.-Zech. as touching any thing that they shall vii. 13. Prov. i. 24, 25, 28.
ask, it shall be done for them of my The inhabitants of one city shall Father which is in heaven, &c. go to another, saying, Let us go Matt. xviii. 19. speedily (or continually be going) to Ye know not what ye ask, said pray before the Lord, and to seek the Christ unto the mother of Zebedee's Lord of hosts: I will go also.-Zech. children, &c. the two blind men would viii. 20, 21,
not cease crying till they were heard. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time Matt. xx. 21, 22. 30--33. of the latter rain : the Lord shall, &c. All things whatsoever ye shall ask -Zech. x. l.
in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. I will pour upon the house of -Matt. xxi. 22. Mark xi. 24. James David, &c. the spirit of prayer and i. 5-7. supplications.-Zech. xii. 10. . Christ fell on his face and prayed,
Pray for them which despitefully saying, O my Father, if it be possible, use you and persecute you.—Matt. &c. watch and pray that ye enter not
into temptation, &c. He prayed again When thou prayest, thou shalt not and again, &c. He kneeled down and be as the hypocrites are; for they prayed. Matt. xxvi. 39. 41, 42. 44. love to pray standing in the syna- Luke vi. 12. xxii. 41. 46. gogues, &c. but thou, when thou Pray ye therefore the Lord of the prayest, enter into thy closet; and harvest, that he would send-forth la. when thou hast shut thy door, pray bourers into his harvest.-Luke x. 2. to thy Father, &c. And when ye. And it came to pass, as he was pray, use not vain repetitions, as the praying in a certain place, when he heathen do: for they think that they ceased, one of his disciples said unto shall be heard for their much speak, him, Lord, teach us to pray, &c.ing, &c. Your Father knoweth what Luke xi. 1, 2. things ye have need of before ye ask And the apostles said unto the him. After this manner therefore Lord, Increase our faith.-Luke xvii. 5. pray ye : Our Father, &c.-Matt. vi. And he spake a parable unto them, 5-13. Luke xi. 1, &c. . that men ought always to pray, and
Ask and it shall be given you not to faint; saying, There was in a seek and ye shall find: knock and it city, a judge, &c. Shall not God shall be opened unto you; for every avenge his own elect, which cry day one that asketh, receiveth, &c. What and night unto him, &c. I tell you