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hand of God, begging, interceding and gaining for us that Holy Spirit, which sanctifies or makes us holy, cleanses us from all our sins, and fills us with that peace of God which passeth all understanding. Oh! let us so behave that this spirit may dwell in us, that God may, in all things be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be honour and praise for ever.
Our Saviour has taught us to say, that the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, are God's for ever and ever. All that I have told you of God is true now, and will be so for ever. He will be the only King of all the world for ever and ever. He will have Almighty power over every thing for ever and ever. And his glory will be secured, whether we will or not, by the reward and happiness of angels and good men, by the punishment and misery of devils and bad men, for ever and ever. To this heavenly prayer, we all say Amen. For amen means so be it, or thus may it happen; and whenever you use it at the end of your prayers, you mean to say, I agree to all that has been prayed for, I wish that all which has been prayed for may take place or happen.
You must take notice, my friends, that all the prayers which I use in the desk, end, with these words, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Lord. And the reason of it is, because God hears and accepts our prayers only for the sake of Jesus Christ, our mediator and intercessor. Our Saviour has told us, whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. So you see, when we say at the end of our prayers these words for Jesus Christ's sake—we do as he himself has commanded us. We do not, however, use these words at the end of the Lord's prayer. There was no occasion for us to
do so. The words are our Saviour's own words: and when we pray to God in our Saviour's words, we do, in effect, pray in his name : we use his language: we do as he taught us, and as the Father heareth him always, he will hear us when we pray the prayer which the blessed Saviour Jesus Christ himself has taught us. But then you must remember to pray with your hearts, and not with your lips only: your thoughts must be fixed on God and on Jesus Christ, and you must have your minds in Heaven.
Having now finished in telling you the meaning of this excellent prayer, what, my friends, ought you now to do? You must raise your thoughts to Heaven, to God, and to Jesus Christ, you must resolre to begood Christians:and now let me beg you all, both men and women, to kneel down, to kneel bambly of your knees, and say the heavenly prayer after me.
Our Father, which art in Heaven: hallowed be thy name : thy kingdom come: thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven: Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
And now to God, &c.
St. Matthew vi. 21. For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.
I AM still going on in telling you our blessed Saviour's words, and what they mean. You may remember that I have been, for several Sundays, teaching you how to use the Lord's Prayer, what a fine prayer it is, and all that is meant by it. I hope you will value and love it as you ought. It was the prayer taught by your blessed Saviour, who died to save us all from damnation, and to give us eternal life with him in Heaven. I must beg and entreat all of you, who know it, to teach it to your children; teach it to them, my