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thing, by prayer and supplication, to make our requests known to God.
Thou hast directed us to ask, and feek, and knock, and hast promised that we shall receive, we shall find, and it Mall be opened to us.
Thou hast appointed us a great High Priest, in whose name we may come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find mercy, and grace to help in time of need.
Thou hast assured us, that while the facrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, the prayer of the upright is his delight; and, that he that offers praise glorifies thee ; and, the sacrifice of thanksgiving shall please the Lord better than that of an ox or bullock, that has horns and hoofs.
Thou art he that learest prayer, and therefore unto thee shall all flesh come.
Thou sayest, Seek ye my face, and our hearts answer, Thy face, Lord, will we feek. For, should not a people seek unto their God? Whither shall we
but to thee? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
9. We must express the sense we have of our own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God, and speak to him.
But will God in very deed dwell with man upon the earth, that God whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, with man that is a worm, and the son of man that is a worm ?
Who are we, O Lord God, and what is our father's house, that thou hast brought us hitherto, to persent ourselves before the Lord ; that we have through Christ an access, by one spirit, unto the Father? And yet, as if it had been a small thing in thy fight, thou haft spoken concerning thy servants for a great while to come ; and, Is this the manner of men, O Lord God?
What is man, that thou art thus mindful of him, and the son of man that thou visitest him, and dort thus magnifie him ?
O ! let not the Lord be angry, if we, that are but dust and alhes, take upon us to speak unto the Lord of glory.
We are not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast fhewed unto thy fervants; nor is it meet to take the childrens bread and cast it to such as we are ; yet the dogs. eat of the crumbs that fall from their maller's table : And thou art rich in mercy to all that call upon thee.
10. We must humbly profess the desire of our hearts towards God, as our felicity and portion, and the fountain of life and all good to us.
Whom have we in heaven but thee? and there is -none upon earth that we defire besides thee, or in comparison of thee: When our ieth and cur hearts fail, be thou the strength of our heart, and our portion for ever; the portion of our inheritance in the other world, and of our cup in this, and then we will say, that the lines are fallen to us in pleasant places, and that we have a goodly heritage.
The desire of our souls'is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee; with our souls have we defired thee in the night, and with our spirits within us will we seek thee only.
As the hart panteth after the water-brook, so panteth our souls after thee, O God; our souls thirsteth for God, for the living God, who will command his loving-kindness in the day-tine, and in the night his song ihall be with us, and our prayer to the God of
O that we may come hungering and thirsting after righteousness; for thou fillelt the hungry with good things, but the rich thou sendest empty away.
that our fouls may thirst for thee, and our flesh long for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, that we may see thy power and thy glory, as we have seen thee in the sanctuary. Thy loving-kinil. ness is better than life ; our souls thall be satisfied with
that as with marrow and fatness, and then our mouths fhall praise thee with joyful lips.
11. We must likewise profess our believing hope and confidence in God and his all-fufficience, in his power, providence, and promise.
In thee, O God, do we put our trust, let us never be athamed; yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed.
Truly our souls wait upon God, from him cometh our salvation; he only is our rock and our salvation : In him is our glory, our strength, and our refuge, and from him is our expectation.
When refuge fails us, and none cares for our fouls, we cry unto thee, O Lord; thou art our refuge and our portion in the land of the living.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horsès; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God: We will trust in thy mercy, O God, for ever and ever, and will wait on thy name, for it is good, before thy faints.
We have hoped in thy word, O remember thy word unto thy fervants, upon which thou haft caused us to hope
12. We must entreat God's favourable acceptance of us and our poor performances.
There be many that say, Who will fhew us any good ? but this we say, Lord, lift up the light of thy countenance upon us, and that shall put gladness into our hearts, more than they whofe corn and wine encreaseth.
We entreat thy favour with our whole hearts, for in this we labour, that whether present or abfent, we may be accepted of the Lord.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, give ear to our supplications ; in thy faithfulness answer us; and be nigh unto us in all that which we call upon thee for; for thou never faidelt to the seed of Jacob, seek ye me in vain,
Thou that hearest the young ravens which cry,
be tot filent to us, lest if thou be Glent to us, we be like them that go down to the pit.
Let our prayers be set forth before thee as incense, and the lifting up of our hands be acceptable in thy fight as the evening facrifice.
13: We must beg for the powerful aslistance and influcnce of the blefied spirit of grace in our prayers.
Lord, we know not what to pray for as we ought, but let thy spirit help our infirmities, and make intercession for us.
O pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplica. tion, the spirit of adoption, teaching us to cry Abba, father; that we may find in our hearts to pray
O send out thy light and thy truth, let them lead us, let them guide us to thy holy hill and thy tabernacles; to God, our exceeding joy.
Lord, open thou our lips, and our mouth shall thew forth thy praise.
14. We must make the glory of God our highest end in all our prayers.
This is that which thou, O Lord, haft said, That thou wilt be fanctified in them that come nigh unto thee, and before all the people thou wilt be glorified; we therefore worship before thee, O Lord, that we may glorifie thy name; and therefore we call upon thee, that thou mayeit deliver us, and we may glorifie thee.
For of thee, and through thes, and to thee, are. all things.
15. We must profess our entire reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for acceptance with God, and come in his name.
We do not present our supplication before thee for our righteousness, for we are before thee in trefa passes, and cannot stand before thee because of them: But we make mention of Christ's righteousness, even of his only, who is the Lord our righteousness.
• We know that even fpiritual facrifices are acceptable to God only through Christ Jesus, nor can we hope to receive any thing but what we ask of thee in his name, and therefore make us accepted in the beloved ; that other angel, who puts much incense to the prayers of saints, and offers them up upon the golden altar before the throne:
We come in the name of the great High Priest, who is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, who was touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and is therefore able to save to the utmost all that come to God by him, because he ever lives, making interceflion.
Behold, O God, our shield, and look, upon the face of thine anointed, in whom thou hast, by a voice from heaven, declared thyself to be well pleas: ed: Lord, be well pleased with us in him.
Of the Second part of Prayer, which is confession of Jin, .complaints of ourselves, and humble profellions of repentance.
AVING given glory to God, which is his due,
we must next take shame to ourselves, which is our due, and humble ourselves before him in the sense of our own sinfulness and vileness; and herein also we must give glory to him, as our judge, by whom we deserve to be condemned, and yet bope, through Christ, to be acquitted and absolved,
In this part of our work,
1. We must acknowledge the great reason we have to lie very low before God, and to be ashamed of ourselves when we come into his presence, and to be afraid of his wrath, having made ourselves both odious to his holiness, and obnoxious to his justice.