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2. What lessons of warning or encouragement to us
does this history afford ? N.B. This Section will only require to be used when
the Collect is for a saint's day. In all other cases it must be passed over, and the next topic pro
ceeded with SECOND TOPIC.—The General Subject of Prayer.
SECT. I.—The Nature of Prayer. 1. What is prayer? 2. Are words necessary when we pray? 3. When words are used, is much speaking required ? 4. What does Solomon say upon this subject ? 5. And what our Saviour ? 6. What is a “ form of prayer ?”. 7. Do we find any authority in Holy Scripture for the
use of forms of prayer? 8. What argument in favour of their use is to be drawn from the nature of the duty itself ?
Sect. II.— The Necessity of Prayer. 1. Why is prayer necessary ? 2. Is man of himself able to please God ? 3. Can he guide himself aright on the journey of life? 4. Is he able to defend himself from his enemies? 5. What course do men usually adopt when they have
anything to do which is more than they can
manage by themselves ? 6. How are we to obtain assistance in these matters? 7. Can you mention any other reason why prayer is
necessary? 8. Can that man be regarded as a Christian who lives
9. What was the first thing said of St. Paul after his
SECT. III.-The Object of Prayer. 1. To Whom alone are we to pray ? 2. Why so ? 3. Does any one else know what we say? 4. Is any one else able to help us : 5. Is God able ? 6. Is He willing ? 7. How do we know this ? 8. Which commandments do those persons transgress
who make their prayers to others beside the one
true God ? 9. Have we any such persons in our country ? 10. What should be our feelings towards them ?
SECT. IV.—The Requirements of Prayer. 1. Are all prayers answered ? 2. Why not? 3. What is required on our parts when we pray? 4. And what in the prayers themselves ? 5. What is faith? Give St. Paul's definition of it. 6. In what manner is it necessary that our prayers be
offered ? 7. And with what spirit ? 8. How should we manifest this spirit ? 9. In Whose name must all our prayers be offered ?
Sect. V.—The Matters of Prayer. 1. What matters, speaking generally, may our prayers
embrace? 2. Which should we first seek after, God's glory or our 3. Where are we taught this ? 4. In reference to ourselves, which should we first seek,
own wants ?
temporal or spiritual blessings ? 5. Mention the most needful things under each of these
heads. 6. Should our prayers be confined to our own wants ? 7. For whom should we pray as men ? 8. For whom as Englishmen? 9. For whom as Churchmen? 10. Are we fulfilling the duties of these several relation
ships unless we seek the welfare of all with whom we are thereby connected ?
SECT. VI.—The Times of Prayer. 1. At what time should we pray ? 2. When the Sacred Scriptures teach us to pray “al
ways," what are we to understand by it ? 3. At what times did David pray ? 4. How often did Daniel pray? 5. Under what circumstances does St. Paul urge us to
pray? 6. Under what St. James ? 7. The Jewish sacrifices were doubled on the Sabbath :
what does that teach us ? 8. Should we undertake any work on which we cannot
ask the Divine blessing? 9. Ought we to undertake any work without asking that
SECT. VII.-The Places of Prayer. 1. Where are we taught to pray ? 2. When we are told to pray “everywhere,” what are we
to understand by it ?
3. But are any special places of prayer mentioned in
Scripture ? 4. Where did Christ often pray? 5. Where did Isaac go in the evening for meditation
and prayer? 6. Where was Peter praying when he saw a vision ? 7. What was that vision ? 8. Who erected an altar wherever he went ? 9. What place of prayer did David love ?
Sect. VIII.—The Encouragements to Prayer. 1. If our many wants should lead us to prayer, have we
anything to encourage us in prayer ? 2. Can any encouragement be drawn from the nature of
that Being to whom we pray ? 3. And from His character ? 4. Has He given us any promises ? 5. Have those promises ever been fulfilled ? 6. Can any encouragement be drawn from the position
now occupied by our Saviour ? 7. And from His nature ? 8. Is there anything in connexion with the Holy Spirit
to urge us on in this work ? 9. With such great encouragement, is not the neglect of
prayer very sinful ? 10. Is it not very foolish ? 11. Does it not betoken a very wrong state of mind ? 12. Must not God be very angry with all who persist in
such a course ?
Third Topic.—The Particular Collect or Prayer.
FIRST PART. THE INVOCATION OR ADDRESS.
Sect. I.—The Titles under which addressed. 1. Under what titles do we address God in this Collect? 2. And what is their signification ? 3. Do these titles express or imply any connexion or
relationship between us and God ? 4. Or, do they express one or more of the attributes of
God ? 5. What is an attribute ? 6. Name some of the principal attributes of God. 7. If these titles express any connexion or relationship
between us and God, shew, from Holy Scripture,
that such a relationship really exists. 8. If they express an attribute, or attributes, shew that
God really possesses them. 9. Does the fact of this connexion or relationship, or of
the possession of such attribute or attributes, supply any encouragement to prayer: that is, does it give us reason to believe that our prayers will not be in vain ?
SECT. II.—The Statements connected therewith. 1. Is anything stated or acknowledged in the invocation
of this Collect as a motive leading us to prayer, or
as giving us encouragement in prayer ? 2. If so, what is it that is so stated or acknowledged ? 3. Is it anything connected with our respective natures,
characters, and circumstances ? 4. Or, is it anything which God has done, or caused to
be done, on our behalf ?