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5. Produce proof from Scripture that what is so stated
is true. 6. In what way does this, again, supply encouragement
to those who draw nigh to God in prayer ?
N.B. The questions in this Section will not always be
required; for though, in most of the Collects the invocation will be found to include some such statements or acknowledgments as they suppose and provide for, it is not the case with all. In the Collects which contain these statements, the matters stated are generally introduced with the pronouns “ who” or “whose,” and a moment's examination will shew where the questions are required. Where no such statements or acknowledgments are found, the Section will, therefore, be passed over, and the next point proceeded with.
SECOND PART. THE PETITIONS.
Sect. I.—The Matters prayed for. 1. For what may this Collect be said to be a prayer ? 2. How many points does this petition embrace ? 3. What do we mean by , and by —, and by — ?
(These blanks to be filled up with any particular words or phrases which are used in the Collect, and the various Subjects to which the petitions in
the Collect relate.) 4. Is what we here seek for a proper subject of prayer? 5. Is it promised in Scripture to those who seek for it ? 6. Or, do we rest solely on the general assurances of
God's Word, that if we “ask,” we shall receive; if we“ seek,” we shall find; if we“ knock,” it will be opened unto us ?
Sect. II.—The Truths taught or implied. 1. May any truths of importance, relating to our faith
or practice, be deduced from the language in which these petitions are expressed, or inferred
from the fact that such petitions are presented ? 2. If so, state what those truths are, and produce pass
ages of Scripture wherein they are contained, or from whence they may be inferred.
THIRD PART. THE CONCLUSION. Sect. I.—The Mediatorial Office of Christ. 1. Through Whom are these petitions presented ? 2. What does the expression, “through Jesus Christ,”
signify ? 3. Why do we offer all our prayers through Jesus
Christ? 4. Whom, then, must we know before we can offer unto
God any acceptable prayers ? 5. But where is Jesus Christ now? 6. How, then, is He to be known ? 7. How is Jesus Christ occupied in heaven? 8. Shew, from Holy Scripture, His fitness for the office
which He now fills. 9. What does St. Paul urge us to do now that we have
Jesus Christ for our Intercessor ?
Sect. II.—The Regal Office of Christ, and of the Trinity of
the Godhead. 1. What have we further stated about Jesus Christ in
this Collect ? 2. Can it be shewn, from Holy Scripture, that what is
here stated about Him is true ?
3. Is there any reference to the Trinity in this Collect ? 4. What does the word “ Trinity” mean? 5. To what is it exclusively applied ? 6. What passages of Scripture shew the existence of
Three Persons in the unity of the Godhead ? 7. Can we comprehend how three can be one, and one
three? 8. Is it necessary that we should ? 9. What, then, is required of us with respect to this
incomprehensible mystery ? 10. In what part of our Prayer-Books is it more fully
SECT. III.--Sense of the word “Amen.” 1. What is the meaning of the word “ Amen?” 2. By whom is that word appointed to be said ? 3. What do they thereby express ? N.B. The questions of Sect. II., under this head,
will not often be required. Most of the Collects end simply, “ through Jesus Christ;" and for all such the questions of the first Section will suffice. Wherever the conclusion varies from that simple form, the second Section will then apply. The third Section, of course, applies to all.
EXPOSITION OF THE PLAN OF ARRANGEMENT, AND
OF THE SCOPE OF THE PRECEDING QUESTIONS.
To assist teachers yet further in arriving at a right understanding of the objects it is desired to accomplish through the medium of the preceding questions, an explanation of the mode of arrangement and the precise drift of each question is here subjoined.
The questions, it will have been seen, are arranged in three divisions under three heads, distinguished as the first, second, and third topics. Each of these divisions or heads treats upon one of the three objects which the lesson is proposed to embrace, and the headings themselves shew the nature of the subject to which each division refers. The three topics brought into one view are,
First: The Season of the Christian Year.
Third: The Particular Collect or Prayer. These three topics, or rather the questions on these three topics, are again divided, in the first and second topics into sections, and in the third topic into parts and sections ; and each of these
sections relates to some particular feature in the general subject. What these points are is, in all cases, marked out at the head of the sections, as concisely and distinctly as the nature of the questions would admit of. They are, however, for greater facility in grasping them, here brought into one view; and are thus denominated : FIRST TOPIC.
Sect. i. The Sundays generally.
Sect. ii. The various Saints' Days.
Sect. i. The Nature of Prayer.
Sect. viii. The Encouragements to Prayer.
Sect. i. The Titles under which invoked.
Sect. ii. The statements connected therewith. Part II. The Petition.
Sect. i. The Matters prayed for.
Sect. i. The Truths involved therein.
Sect. i. The Mediatorial Office of Christ.