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The Petition is :

“ We beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the

same,”-Here we have the following points introduced : 1. That there are certain duties required at the hands

of God's people. John, xv. 14; Matt. vii. 21; Heb. x. 25; 1 Thess. v. 17; John, v. 39; Gal. vi.

10; 1 Thess. iv. 1; Rom. xii. 1-8. 2. That these duties must be faithfully fulfilled. Ps.

xvii. 1; Isa. i. 10–16; Matt. xxiii. 14, 28; Rev.

ii. 10; Heb. xii. 28; 2 Kings, x. 28–31. 3. That to this end it is necessary

(a) That they be perceived and known. Ps.

xxv. 4, 5; xxxii. 8; Heb, viii. 10, 11; Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24; Acts, ix. 6; 1 Thess. v. 4, 5;

Isa. xxx. 21; Luke, ii. 46-49. (6) That, when perceived and known, we have

grace and power to perform them. Matt. xxvi. 41; Isa. xl. 29; Gal. ii. 20; 1 Cor. xv. 10; Rom. vii. 18; Phil. ii. 13; Col. i. 9-11;

Eph. iii. 16. 4. That we who offer this prayer are God's people, and

desire that He would give us this right knowledge of our duties, and this power to perform them. Ps. l. 15; c. 3; cxliv. 15; Heb. iv. 15, 16; Ps.

cxlv. 18-20. The Conclusion is :

“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions. What do we here ask of God that we may both perceive

and know?

What do we mean by “ perceive,” and what by “ know,”

in this Collect ? Under what name are these things usually spoken of ? How are such duties to be performed ? What do we first ask for in order to this? What secondly? What do we mean by “grace” and “power” in this Col

lect ? Why do we ask these things ? Who do we in this prayer declare ourselves to be? And what does our Invocation declare with respect to God?

No. XIII. Žerond Bunday after Epiphany. A PRAYER FOR THE PEACE OF GOD ALL OUR DAYS. The Invocation is :

“ Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth,”— Here God is invoked as both “ almighty" and "ever

lasting,” and we further state, as a foundation for our prayer: 1. That He is the Governor both of heaven and earth.

Ps. xxii. 28; xcix. 1'; Isa. ix. 6, 7; Ps. xlv. 6,

Dan. iv. 17; Acts, xvii. 24, 25. 2. That His government extends, as in all places, so to

all things. Ps. cxix. 91; Dan. iv. 34, 35; Ps. ciii. 19; Job, v. 8-16; Mark, iv.41; John, ii. 1-11;

vi. 5-14. The Petition is :

“Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days

of our life," — Herein we profess: 1. That we are God's people. Ps. iv. 3; Isa. lsiii. 16;

Ps. xes. 7. 2. That we His people desire His peace; and that, not

for a season only, but all the days of our life. John, xiv, 27; Isa. XIV.3; Phil. iv. 1; Rom. v. l;

Job, xxii. 21; Luke, i. 79; Rom. vir. 17. 3. That for this peace, therefore, we now make sup

plication ; which supplication we mercifully entreat him to hear. 2 Chron. vi. 20, 21; Pror. xvi. 7;

Ps. lxxxv. 8. The Conclusion is :

“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions.
Of what is God here said to be the Governor ?
What does this word mean?
How far does this government extend ?
Prove these points from Sacred Scripture.
What do we ask of this Governor to grant unto us?
For how long a season is this peace desired ?
Who are they that ask this ? i.e. who do they that ask

this profess to be ?
How do the Scriptures describe the peace of God?
Through Whom alone does this peace flow to us?
How are we to secure it?
Have we any promises to encourage us in seeking it ?

No. XIV.

Third Sunday after Epiphang.

A PRAYER FOR DEFENCE IN ALL DANGERS

AND NECESSITIES.

The Invocation is :

“ Almighty and everlasting God,"— And contains no statement beyond what these titles

imply. The Petition is :

“Mercifully look upon our infirmities ; and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy

right hand to help and defend us,”— In this petition is acknowledged: 1. That our state is one of infirmities. Ps. vi. 2;

xxxix. 5; ciii. 14; Matt. xxvi. 41 ; Rom. vii. 18;

viii. 3; 2 Chron. xx. 12, 13; Isa. xl. 6. 2. That it is also one of dangers and necessities.

Ps. x. 4-10; 1 Peter, v. 8; Ps. cxl. 1-5 ; John, xvii. 15; Acts, xx. 34; Rom. xii. 13; Phil. iv. 16 ;

Matt. vi. 13; 2 Cor. xi. 24–28; Rev, vii. 14. 3. That in consequence of this we need help and

defence. Ps. xii. l; cxxvii. 1; Jer. xvii. 5. 4. That by stretching forth His right hand God can

supply that help and defence we require. Ezra,
viii. 22, 23; Isa. xxxvii. 36; Ps. xvii. 7; xviii. 35 ;
xx. 6; cxviii. 16; Isa. lix. l; Rom. viii. 31;
1 Pet. iii. 13; Heb. xiii. 6; Rom. xii. 19.
This, therefore, we beg of Him mercifully to do.
Ps. xx. ? ; 2 Chron. xiv. 9-15; Matt. viii, 1-4.

The Conclusion is :

“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions.
What does the first clause in this prayer teach us with

respect to our present state ?
And what the second ?
Prove these points from Scripture.
Whence come these dangers and necessities?
Mention some of them.
Why is it that man is so compassed with infirmities ?
What do we in consequence need ?
Who can supply this need ?
How can this be done?
What do we mean by “ the right hand of God?”
What by “stretching forth” that right hand ?

No. XV.
Fourthy Zunday after Epiphany.

A PRAYER FOR STRENGTH AND PROTECTION IN ALL

DANGERS AND TEMPTATIONS.

The Invocation is :

“ O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot

always stand upright,— Here we declare as follows:

1. That we are here set in the midst of dangers.

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