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10,11; 1 Tim. i. 18-20; Isa. i. 10-31 ; 2 Thess.

iii. 6; 2 Cor. vi. 14–18. (6) Defence from dangers without. Acts, viü.

1-3; xi. 1-3; John, xv. 19; xvi. 4; 1 Pet. v.

8; Isa. xxxi. 5 ; Ps. lxxxix. 18. 2. That, God's pity being continual, we hope He will

be pleased to do these on its behalf. Ezek. xxxvi. 25; John, xv. 3 ; Rev. xix. 8; Isa. lxii. 1, 2; Jer. xxxüi. 6-11; Matt. xvi. 18; Acts, ix. 31 ; Joel, iii.

10; 1 John, i. 7. In the second clause it is further implied, 1. That the Church of God requires preservation also,

and that for evermore. 2 Cor. iv. 7-11; Ps. cxxvii. 1; cxxi.; cxxv. 1, 2; 1 Sam. ii. 9; Isa. xxvii. 3;

Jude, 24. 2. That this want arises from its inability to continue

in safety if left to itself, and without God's succour. Isa. xxxv. 3; Ps. vi. 2; John, xv. 5; 2 Cor.

iii. 5 ; Jer. x. 23; Matt. xxvi. 41. 3. That God, by His help and goodness, is able fully to

preserve it. Job, vii. 20; Ps. xxxi. 23; xxxvii. 28; cxlv. 20; Isa. xlix. 8; Jer. xlix. 11; 2 Cor. vi. 2. And therefore we earnestly beg that He may be

pleased so to do. The Conclusion is :

" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions. For what do we here offer a prayer? What do we here seek on behalf of this Church ? From what does the Church need cleansing ? By what things is the Temple of God, i.e. the Church of

God (see 1 Cor. iii. 16; 2 Cor. vi. 16), polluted and

defiled ? What directions have we given us on this subject in the

word of God?

From what does the Church need defence ?
What is the promise given to the Church in connexion

with this subject ?
On what is the Church of Christ said to be built ?
What besides cleansing and defence does the Church

require ?
Whence arises this want?
Will it ever cease?
What is able to supply this want?
What do we mean by succour?
What attribute of God do we make use of as a plea when

offering this prayer?
Establish all the preceding points by appropriate Scrip-

ture references.

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No. LIX.

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.

A PRAYER FOR THE HELP OF GOD'S GRACE TO

PERFORM GOOD WORKS.

The Invocation is :

“ Lord.” Simply, as often before. The Petition is :

“We pray thee, that thy grace may always prevent and follow us; and make us continually to be given to all good works ;"

This prayer implies,1. That to be given to all good works, and that con

tinually, is the duty of the people of God. Tit. iii. 8; Col.i. 10; 1 Thess, iv. l; John, xv. 1-8, 16; Jam. ii. 14-17; i. 18-27; Eph. ii. 10; Gal. vi. 9, 10; 1 Cor. xv. 58 ; xiii. 1-3; x, 31; Phil. iv. 8, 9; Gal. v. 22, 23; Luke, xvii. 10; Heb. xi. 6; Rev. xiv. 13; Matt. xxi.

33–41. 2. That to this end they need the grace of God,

(a) To prevent, i.e. go before them and prepare

their minds. Acts, xvi. 14; Luke, xxiv. 45; Acts, x. 44,45; Eph. i. 17,18; John, vi. 44; 1 Cor.

xii. 3 ; Acts, ii. 37; Zech. iv. 6. (6) To follow after them and assist. 1 Cor. xv.

10; iii. 5-7; 2 Cor. xii. 9; Gal. ii. 20; Phil. iv. 13; Deut. xxxiii. 25; Isa. xl. 29–31 ; Eph.

ï. 9; Rom. iii. 27; xi. 6. 3. That when this grace does so prevent and follow us,

we shall be given to do these good works which
are required. Cant. i. 4; Ps. cx. 3; Acts, ix. 6;
Gal. iv. 15; 2 Cor. viii. 11; Phil. iv. 10, 16-18; ii.
12, 13.
We therefore make this gift of God's grace the

subject of our prayer. The Conclusion is:

“ through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions. To what does this prayer imply that we ought to be con

tinually given ? What only are considered as “good works” in God's

sight? Why ought we to be continually given to good works? Are good works meritorious, i.e. do we deserve anything

for doing them?

Why, then, need we be so anxious about them?
What do we require to make us to be given to such good

works? What do we mean by the “grace of God” here? What do we mean by "prevent?(See Ps. xxi. 3, &

1 Thess. iv. 15, for meaning of this word "prevent”

as used in the Sacred Scriptures.) Does the word express the same idea now? What is its present signification ? Will this grace be sufficient aid for the work required of

us ? If all we do is by the help of God's grace, what feelings . are thereby excluded from our minds ?

No. LX.

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.

A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO OVERCOME SIN, AND

WALK HOLILY IN GOD'S WAYS.

The Invocation is :

“Lord,”— Simply, as before. The Petition is :

“We beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil : and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God;"

Here we have the following truths involved :1. That God is the only God. John, xvii. 3; 1 Cor. viii.

4-6; 1 Tim. vi. 15, 16; Jude, 4; 1 Kings, xviii. 36_39; Isa. xliv. 6; xlvi. 9; Josh. xxiv. 23, 24;

Eph. iv. 5, 6. 2. That to follow this only God is the duty of His

people. Ex. xx. 2-6; Matt. iv, 10; xxii. 37; Ps.

xvi. 4. 3. That He is to be followed with pure hearts and

minds. Isa. i. 10–17; Tit. ii. 14; Heb. x. 22; Ps. lxvi. 18, 19; Heb. i. 3; ix. 12–14; 1 John, i. 7;

Acts, xv. 9; 1 Pet. i. 22; Matt. xxiii. 27. 4. That in doing this they are hindered by the tempta

tions of
(a) The world. Matt. xix. 21, 22; John, xv.19;

Matt, xiii. 22; Gal. i. 4; 1 John, v. 19; 2 Tim.

iv. 10. (Demas.) (6) The flesh. Gal. v. 17; Rom. vi. 12; viii. 8,

12, 13; Gal. vi. 8; Ps. lxxviii. 18, 31. (The

Israelites, Achan, Gehazi.) (c) The devil. 2 Cor. iv. 4; 1 Pet. v. 8; 2 Cor.

ii. 11; Job, ii. 1-7; John, xiii. 2. (Judas, Eve.) 5. That to withstand these they need the grace of God.

Eph. vi. 10–13; 1 John, v. 4; Gal. ii. 20.
Hence our prayer for this grace, so as to be able

to withstand them, and walk after God in the
manner marked out. 1 Cor. x. 13; xv. 10;

2 Chron. xx. 12; Jam. i. 12. The Conclusion is :

" through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." As before.

Supplementary Questions. What is God here said to be ? How do we know this? What are we to do with respect to this God? How is He to be followed ? What are the great hindrances in the way of doing this ?

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