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the prayers of his children, who ask him according to his will;-and this Kingdom, this Power, and this transcendant Glory, are not transitory, but eternal,— not only to be confessed by mortals during the short term allotted them on earth, but to constitute the theme which shall chiefly occupy the tongues of blessed, immortal saints, through ages which shall never end.
These petitions are reiterated, and these praises are confirmed by the final word Amen, which declares assent to whatever has preceded, and gives to any words of adoration, though uttered by another person, all the force and application which they would possess if articulated by ourselves.
Eccles. v. 1, 2. Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools; for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few. Hos. xiv. 2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously so will we render the calves of our lips. (See the Chapter on Prayer.) Matt. vi. 7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
1 Kings viii. 27, 28, 29, 30. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens, cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded! Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy' servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee to-day: That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there; that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make
toward this place. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest forgive. 2 Chron. vii. 15. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place. Psal. cxvi. 18, 19. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people. In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord. Exod. xv. 1. Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, I spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. Deut. xxi. 6, 7, 8. And all the elders of that city that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: And they shall answer and say, our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them. 1 Chron. xvi. 7. Then on that day David delivered first this psalm, to thank the Lord, into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. 2 Chron. xxix. 30. Moreover, Hezekiah the king, and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praises unto the Lord, with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped. Matt. xviii. 19, 20. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Luke iv. 16. And he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up : and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Acts iii. 1. Now Peter and John went up together into the temple, at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
Acts i. 14. Then all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Matt. x. 32. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Rom. x. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 1 John iv. 15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort you therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. 1 Pet. ii. 4, 5. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious, ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Acts. xxvi. 25. But he said, I am not mad most noble Festus, but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. 1 Pet. iv. 7. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. 1 Cor. xiv. 2, 3, 4. 11. 13-19. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth, speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort, he that speaketh in an unknown tongue, edifieth himself, but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh, a barbarian; and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Wherefore, let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret. Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
Matt. vi. 6. But thou when thou prayest enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father, which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt. xiv. 23. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray; and when the evening was come he was there alone. Luke vi. 12. And it came to pass in those days that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Psal. v. 3. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up. Psal. lv. 17. Evening and morning, and at noon will I pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
Matt. vi. 8, 9. Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Luke xi. 1, 2. And it came to pass, that as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 1 John v. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, That, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. Matt. vii. 11. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven know how to give good things to them that ask him. 1 John v. 16. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto