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A PRAYER THAT OUR PRAYERS MAY BE ACCEPTABLE,
The Invocation is:
“ O Lord,"— Simply, as before. The Petition is :
“Let thy merciful ears be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such
things as shall please thee;"— In the first portion of this Petition we declare: 1. That we are our Lord's humble servants. Matt. xxiü.
8-12; 1 Cor. xv. 9; 1 Pet. v. 5, 6; Jam, iv. 10. 2. That our Lord's ears are merciful ears. Ps. lxxvii. 1;
Isa. lix. 1; Neh. i. 6-11.
prayers at all times. Ps. xxxiv. 16; Jam. v. 4. In the second portion of the Petition we teach or declare: 1. That to obtain our petitions we must always ask
such things as shall please God. 1 John, v, 14; 1 Kings, iii. 5-9, 10; 1 Chron. iv. 10; Luke, xxi. 42; Jam. iv. 3 ; Acts, x. 2-4; Ps. lxvi. 18-20;
Jam. v. 15–17, 18. 2. That to do this we need His help. Luke, xi. 1;
Rom. viii. 26; Zech. xii. 10.
The Conclusion is :
" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” As before.
Supplementary Questions. What do we here profess to be ? Is humility a proper spirit for us to manifest ? By what considerations is such a feeling promoted ? What would an opposite spirit lead to ? How are our Lord's ears characterised ? Are we to understand the word “ ears” in a carnal sense ? What do we wish to obtain ? In order to that, what kind of petitions must they be ? i.e. What must we petition for ? Can we do this alone ? What do we require ?
Eleventh Sunday after Triuitq.
A PRAYER THAT WE MAY BE MADE PARTAKERS OF
GOD'S HEAVENLY TREASURES. The Invocation is :
“O God, who declarest thy Almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity;"Here it is stated 1. That God is a God of Almighty power (see page 72,
Part I.) 2. That this power He is pleased from time to time to
declare or make known. Isa, lii. 10; Ps. xcviii. 1, 2; Ex. vii. 3-5; xv. 11-16; Ps. cvi. 7-9; Isa.
lxiii. 12-14. 3. That this He does most chiefly in shewing mercy
and pity (i.e. He uses this power most for performing acts of mercy and pity: e.g. raising the dead; healing the sick; feeding the hungry; all which are acts of Omnipotence). Rom. i. 4, 16; Eph. i. 19, 20. (The life of Christ is a perpetual
exemplification of this sentiment.) The Petition, therefore, is :
“ Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly trea
sure;”— In this Petition it is stated : 1. That God's gracious promises and His heavenly
treasure are the objects of our desire. Ps. lxxiii. 25; Phil. ii. 13–15; Heb. xi. 13-16; vi. 12; 2 or.
iv. 16-18; v. 1, 2; Matt. vi. 20, 21 ; qol.iii. 1, 2. 2. That to obtain a share of, and in, these, we must
run the way of His commandments. Ps. xxxvii. 4; lxxviii. 7,8; cxix. 32; Matt. vi. 17–20; 1 John, ü.
24; v. 3. 3. That to do this we need a due measure of God's
grace. Ps. xxxvii. 5, 34; Ps. xxv. 4, 5; Cant. i. 4;
Heb. iv. 15, 16; Jam. iv. 2.
“through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
For what purposes especially does God declare or make
known His power ? Illustrate this assertion, and shew its correctness. What do we desire to obtain ? What kind of promises are they called, and why? Of what do we wish to be made partakers ? What do we mean by “partakers ?”. How must we act in order to this ? What do we mean by “ running the way of God's com
mandments ?” What do we need to enable us so to do? What is there to hinder us ? Will God's grace enable us to overcome these hindrances ? How are we to run on this way? Heb. xii. 1, 2.
Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN, AND THE
GIFT OF GOOD THINGS.
The Invocation is :
“ Almighty and Everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire
or deserve ;”Here, invoking God as “ Almighty and Everlasting,” we
state in addition to what is involved in these titles,1. That He is always more ready to hear prayers than
we to offer them. Isa. lxv. 24; 2 Kings, xx. 1-5; Dan. ix. 20-23; Acts, ix. 10, 11; Ps. x. 17; xxi. 3.
2. That His gifts usually exceed both our desires and
deserts. Ps. cxxx. 3, 4; 2 Chron. i. 7-12; Ps. xxi. 4-6; Luke, xv. 17-19, 22-24; Ps. xxxi. 19. Encouraged by which considerations, we proceed
to ask in The Petition (reaching to the end of the Collect):
“ Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy ; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid ; and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus
Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen." In this Petition is implied, or acknowledged,— 1. That there are certain things whereof our con
science is afraid, and for which we require forgive. ness. Heb. x. 22; Job, xlii. 5, 6; Ps. xxxvii. 4-8; xl. 12; lxxix. 8; li. 3 ; lv. 4, 5 ; cxxx. 3, 4; Ezra, ix. 6; Dan. ix. 5-8; 1 Sam. xxviii. 15-20; Isa. lxiv.
6; Hos, xiii. l; Acts, xxiv, 25; 1 Cor. xv. 56, 57. 2. That there are certain other things, and those good
things, which God has it in His power to bestow, but which we deserve not; and in ourselves are not worthy to ask. Gen. xviii. 27; xxxii. 10; 1 Cor. xv. 9; Isa. lxiv. 6; Luke, i. 48 ; Ps. xxxi. 19; xxxvi.
7-9; 1 Cor. ii. 9; Rom. iii, 19; Ps. cüii. 3-5, 8-12. 3. That though in ourselves unworthy, yet, through the
merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, God's Son, our Lord, we become so; and, therefore, in His Name may make bold to seek the gift of the one, and the forgiveness of the other. Eph. i. 6; ii. 18; Heb.iv. 15, 16; ix. 13, 14; x. 14, 16, 17, 19-22; 1 John, ii. 1, 2; Col. i. 20; John, xiv. 14; Acts, xiii.
38; 1 John, iii. 20, 21. 4. That still, if God be pleased to do for us what we
desire, He will be acting in mercy; and pouring down upon us His mercy, which is abundant, in all its abundance. Gen, xix. 19; Joel, ii. 13; Lam. iii. 21, 22; Ps. cxlv, 7-9.
And for this we earnestly put forth our prayers.