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Here we invoke God as “ Almighty and Everlasting,”
and at once pass on to The Petition :
“ Give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command ;”
In the first clause of this Petition is implied, 1. That the graces of faith, hope, and charity, are to be
particularly desired and sought after by the people of God. 1 Cor. xiii, 13; xiv. 1; Mark, ix, 23, 24;
Rom. viii. 24; xv. 13. 2. That these graces are capable of being increased in
the soul. 1 Thess. iii. 12; 2 Thess. i. 3 ; 2 Cor. x, 15; Isa. xxix. 19; 2 Cor. ix. 10; Rom. xv. 13; Heb. vi.
11; 2 Pet. i. 5-7. 3. That such increase is desired by us at this time.
Luke, xvii. 5. In the second clause we teach,– 1. That there is a something God has promised. 1 Cor.
ii. 9; Acts, ii. 39; Heb. iv. 1; viii. 6; 2 Pet. i. 4. 2. That there is also a something which God has com
manded. John, xv. 14–17; Acts, xvii. 30; 1 John, iii. 22; Mark, vii. 8, 9; Ps. cxix. 4, 10, 72, 86, 96,
98; 1 John, iv. 21. 3. That to obtain the former, we must love the latter.
Matt. xix. 17; 1 John, iii. 24; v. 2, 3; John, xiv.
The Conclusion is :
" through Jesus Christ our Lord. As before.
Supplementary Questions. What three Christian graces are here mentioned ? Of these which is said in Scripture to be the greatest ? Why so? What is “ faith ?” In what is faith to be exercised ? What is “hope ?” Wherefore do we hope ? What do we hope for ? What kind of hope is the Christian's hope called ? What is “charity ? ” What is the common meaning of that word ? Why should we love God ? Why our brethren ? Are these graces always alike in men's souls ? Have some men more than others ? Illustrate this by some Scripture examples. Some more at one time than another ? Illustrate this by some Scripture examples. What do we desire with respect to them here? Prove from Scripture that such increase is possible. What is the first thing taught in the second clause of our
prayer ? Mention some of the promised things. What is the second thing taught ? Mention some of the things commanded. How are we to obtain what God has promised ? How are we to shew our love for what God has com
manded ? Who can give us power to do this ?
Fifteenth śmulaq after Tricity.
A PRAYER FOR THE LORD TO BE THE KEEPER
OF HIS CHURCH.
The Invocation is simply:
“O Lord," — As in many previous cases. The Petition is : (Consisting of two distinct clauses :)
“Keep, we beseech thee, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to
all things profitable to our salvation ;"— Here, in the first clause, our Petition implies, 1. That God's Church requires His keeping. 2 Cor. iv.
7; Ps. cxxi.; John, xvii. 11, 15; Isa. xxvii. 3. 2. That with God there is mercy, and that perpetual
mercy. Ex. xxxiv. 6, 7; Ps. ciii. 8–11; cxxxvi.;
Lam. iii. 22. 3. That in the exercise of this His mercy He can, and
will, keep His Church. Ps. cxxv. 1, 2; Zech. ï.5;
1 Pet. i. 5 ; Isa liv. 10; li. 11-13. In the second clause it is implied, 1. That the great end we all desire is salvation. 1 Pet.
i. 9; Rom. x, 1; Tit. i. 2.
2. That there are certain things hurtful to us and our
salvation, from which we need to be kept. 1 Pet. ii. 11; Jer. vii. 6 ; 1 Tim. vi. 9; Mark, vii. 20-23;
2 Cor. x. 5 ; Ps. cxix. 113. 3. That there are other certain things profitable to our
salvation, to which we require to be led. 2 Tim. iii. 16 ; iv. 11; Eph. iv. 11-13; Ps.cxix. 71; 1 Pet. ii. 2; Matt. vii. 11; Luke, xi. 13. Cf. Heb. xii. 10;
1 Cor. xii. 7; Tit. iii. 8. 4. That to be kept from the one and led to the others,
we need the help of God, for without Him we cannot but fall. John, xv. 5; 2 Cor. iii. 5; Isa. xl.
30, 31; Rom. v. 6; Jer. x. 23; Prov. iii. 5, 6. 5. That this our inability to stand arises from the
frailty of our nature as men. 2 Cor. iv. 7; Rom.
kept and so led. The Conclusion is :
" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.
Supplementary Questions. What do we here ask God to keep ? Why so ? What do we mean by the “ Church” of God ? Of whom does that Church consist ? What attribute of God have we here brought forward as
an encouragement to us in offering this prayer ? What is the character here given of the mercy of God ? What do we ask God to keep us from ? What are these ? What to lead us to ? What are these ? Why do we ask to be led to the one and to be kept from
Why do we ask God to do this for us?
iii, 5; Deut. xxxiii. 25.
birteenth Sunday after Trinity.
A PRAYER FOR THE CLEANSING AND PRESERVING
OF THE CHURCH OF GOD.
The Invocation is :
“ O Lord,” Simply, with no statement save what the title implies. The Petition is : (Embracing two clauses :)
“We beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church ; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and good
ness ;"Here, in the first clause, is implied, 1. That God's Church requires these two things,
(a) Cleansing from corruptions within. Eph.
v. 25-27; 2 Cor. vii. 1; 1 Cor. y. 7; Tit. üü.